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The Gold Coins of Newfoundland: How Newfoundland Came to Possess a Spectacular Mintage of Gold Coins

The Gold Coins of Newfoundland: How Newfoundland Came to Possess a Spectacular Mintage of Gold Coins

Author: 
Harvey Richer
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Newfoundland was the only British colony in North America to strike gold coins for general circulation. This book explores the history of Newfoundland through its coinage

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Newfoundland was the only British colony in North America to strike gold coins for general circulation. This was remarkable given that it was one of the poorest British possessions in North America and with an economy largely based on the barter system. This book explores the history of Newfoundland through its coinage. It presents fascinating 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 gold coins.

Harvey Richer is professor of astronomy at the University of British Columbia. He has published over 140 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and is one of the largest Canadian users of the Hubble Space Telescope. Professor Richer was the 2014 recipient of the Carlyle S. Beals Award of the Canadian Astronomical Society given for lifetime achievement. Recently he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the foremost academic society in the country.

Reviews: 
"Well-researched studies about early Canadian coinage are few and far between. Richer's The Gold Coins of Newfoundland 1865 to 1888 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. Whether you have a general interest in the history of Newfoundland or are a serious numismatic researcher there is something for everyone in this book." - Paul Berry: Chief Curator National Currency Collection, Bank of Canada Museum ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ "Harvey B. Richer’s The Gold Coins of Newfoundland 1865-1888 is a scholarly and accessible book that will appeal to the general public and scholars interested in Newfoundland and Labrador history and to numismatists interested in the gold coins of Newfoundland. Richer has succeeded admirably in providing a concise history of the development of coinage in the context of the overall history of Newfoundland and in contrast to such development in the other British North American colonies and Canada. The uniqueness of Newfoundland’s gold coins, which emerged in the mid-1860s and their relationship to the fish trade and to Newfoundland’s growing commitment to economic diversification, are fascinating topics in this book. Well illustrated, the book provides detailed information on the specimens, patterns and gradings of coinage and collections now available to numismatists. The result is an engaging, beautiful and informative addition to the literature on the history of Newfoundland and Labrador and on the history of coinage in the British Empire." - Dr. Sean Cadigan, Professor of History at Memorial University and Associate Vice-President (Academic)

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