The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has released Episode 6 of their popular podcast, Two Bits. This episode is titled The Dawn of Coinage and covers the early history of coinage as a payment system.
Join Doug and Mitch as they delve into the origins of coinage of the ancient world. They discuss the challenges of the barter system, the spread of metallic standards, and the invention of coinage as we know it. Find out why it’s easier to make change for a coin than for a cow!Two Bits
Host Doug Mudd has collected since the age of 10 and is currently interested in ancients, modern paper money, WWI and pre-19th century medals and coins. He was Collection Manager for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Numismatic Collection from 1991 to 2004 and has been the curator of the ANA’s Money Museum since 2004. Author of numerous numismatic lectures, exhibits and publications, he writes a regular column for The Numismatist and has been an ANA Summer Seminar instructor since 2002. He is also the author of the NLG award winning book All the Money in the World printed in 2006 by Harper Collins as part of Smithsonian books.
Host Mitch Sanders is the author of the column “Getting Started” in the ANA’s Numismatist magazine. A lifelong collector, his numismatic interests range from popular collectibles like Mercury dimes and Franklin halves to more esoteric items including Canadian Chartered banknotes and Swedish plate money. From 2003 to 2010, he served as a representative of the general public on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, and was committee chair from 2005 to 2009.
Episode 6 is the latest for the podcast was launched earlier this year by the American Numismatic Association and is available on all of the popular podcast apps and services. This includes Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, Spotify, and PocketCasts to name but a few. Just search for Two Bits in your favorite app. You can also visit the link above to go to the podcast’s site and listen to episodes there too.