Sterling: the History of a Currency: the Rise and Fall of a Currency.


Nicholas Mayhew. Published by Allen Lane, Penguin Press, 1999. HB (Black cloth, with gilt-lettered spine) 148 x 234mm. xiv + 306pp + 8 colour plates. With dj. ISBN 0713992581.   A few light pencil annotations, otherwise contents almost as new, with a pristine jacket.

The jacket blurb reads:
“Like an underground stream which rarely comes to the surface but nevertheless irrigates all of the countryside through which it flows, Sterling runs through the history of Britain from the Conquest up to the present day.
Just as sterling appears to be about to end its one-thousand-year history, there can be no better time to understand its place and importance in British life. From its modest beginnings through its world dominance to its possible eclipse by the euro, sterling has created and destroyed fortunes, impoverished or enriched whole sections of the country and has made or unmade monarchs and governments.”

An interesting and entertaining account which cleverly and painlessly informs the reader on what is otherwise a dry subject.


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