The first of two volumes of Paper Money Messages: A Pictorial
Perspective, written and self-published by Jeffrey J. Wing, is now available.
The 232-page, 8.5- by 11-inch book is an abundantly illustrated
review, in color, of the author’s 20-year journey into the meaning of
what is on paper money and how it reflects a nation’s values. It
explores messages of historical significance such as those
illustrating the role of government in war and peace, the economy, and
politics. It discusses the role of forms of imagery — historical,
biographical, architectural, and religious. Finally, it explores the
role money plays in daily life, and the fact that it is accepted today
without being backed by anything tangible.
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Volume 1 is devoted to global issues, and is divided into three chapters.
Chapter 1, “Paper Money Authenticity,” covers U.S. and some world
paper currency. It provides a look at some of their hidden messages
and symbols, and at the significance of portraits. It also shows
situations when multiple currencies were in circulation in the same
place at the same time.
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Chapter 2, “Indians, Slaves, Propaganda, and War,” covers the use of
Native Americans and slaves on American federal, Confederate, and
obsolete currency. It then it looks at Brazil, Germany, the diverse
monetary issues of the World War II era, Cuba, military payment
certificates, southeast Asia, world slavery, and propaganda on recent currency.
The final chapter is a paper money history of world inflation,
leading with the recent fiasco in Zimbabwe, but with most examples
coming from South America, Africa, and Eastern Europe in the last
years of the twentieth century. The chapter concludes with the most
famous inflation currency of all, German notgeld, the emergency money
issued during the hyperinflation after World War I. German notgeld
will be the sole subject of the second volume, which is now in preparation.
Paper Money Messages costs $49.99. More information and
ordering information is at papermoneymessages.com.