Coin World is going across the pond.
Editor-in-chief Steve Roach is in England this week in advance of
Thursday’s “Currencies between Cultures” conference at University of
Warwick in Coventry.
Roach’s portion of the day-long
conference is called "Globalisation, experimentation and
foreshadowing: United States coins in the 1870s.”
editor-in-chief provided a preview of his discussion, which will open
the conference at 10 a.m. Greenwhich Mean Time Zone:
In the United States, the 1870s was “The Centennial Decade,”
celebrating the 100th birthday of a country that was divided by the
Civil War just the decade before. Globally and domestically, the
U.S. needed to prove that it was unified, stable, and ready to
progress as a nation.
Looking at American coinage in the 1870s, we can see a
foreshadowing of issues facing the U.S. Mint today such as the
struggle to circulate a small-sized dollar coin, the role of U.S.
money as a global currency, and the intersection of private
innovation and public need.
“Currencies between Cultures” runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
includes discussions by other speakers on topics including Roman
coins, defaced pennies, and silver in 17th century China. (Of course
there's a tea break at 11:30 a.m. to break up the day.)
"This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore the
differing ways money has connected, subverted, and entangled different
cultures throughout history," the online description of the event reads.
The conference is supported by the University of Warwick’s
Humanities Research Centre.