An astronomer usually focused on the heavens has set his sights on
something a little lower: gold coins of Newfoundland.
Harvey Richer authored The Gold Coins of Newfoundland
1865–1888, which was released July 27 by Boulder Publications.
Newfoundland was the only British colony in North America to strike
gold coins for general circulation, which may be remarkable given that
it was one of the poorest British possessions in North America and had
an economy largely based on the barter system.
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This book explores the history of Newfoundland through its coinage.
It presents new details for each year that gold coins were minted, the
existing distribution of these scarce coins, a survey of the greatest
collections ever assembled, and the provenances of the rarest of the
Richer is professor of astronomy at the University of British
Columbia and has published more than 140 scientific papers. He was the
2014 recipient of the Carlyle S. Beals Award of the Canadian
Astronomical Society, given for lifetime achievement.
“Well-researched studies about early Canadian coinage are few and
far between,” according to Paul Berry, chief curator of the National
Currency Collection, Bank of Canada Museum. Richer’s book “contributes
admirably to filling the void. Despite drawing heavily upon official
documents and contemporary newspaper accounts the work is not dry. The
combination of historical narrative and numismatic detail interspersed
with amusing anecdotes that at times resemble a detective novel make
for an informative, pleasant read.”
The hardcover 181-page book is published at $34.95 Canadian.
Order your copy at the Boulder Publications website.