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Creation stories

Christine Desan

in Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780198709572
eISBN:
9780191779800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709572.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Legal History

The chapter contrasts two approaches to money’s origins, the assumptions that accompany those accounts, and the historical evidence for them in the early Anglo-Saxon world. The “convergence story” is ... More


From metal to money: Producing the “just penny”

Christine Desan

in Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780198709572
eISBN:
9780191779800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709572.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Legal History

Although coin seems to be a simple medium, the experience of the English suggests that making and maintaining coin depended on an elaborate public process. Under the “free minting” system established ... More


Monetary Obligations and the Fragmentation of the Sterling Monetary Union

David Fox

in Money in the Western Legal Tradition: Middle Ages to Bretton Woods

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780198704744
eISBN:
9780191774041
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704744.003.0032
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter focuses on four decisions considering the fragmentation of the sterling monetary union—a loose legal structure that linked the monetary systems of the United Kingdom, Australia, and New ... More


Reinventing money: The beginning of bank currency

Christine Desan

in Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780198709572
eISBN:
9780191779800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709572.003.0009
Subject:
Law, Legal History

When the English government established the Bank of England and borrowed from it in the form of Bank notes, it created modern cash. Bank notes were private promises to pay specie, but they were also ... More


Architect of the European Payments Union

Ivo Maes

in Robert Triffin: A Life

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780190081096
eISBN:
9780190081126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190081096.003.0003
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History, International

In 1946, Robert Triffin went on to the International Monetary Fund, where he became head of the Exchange Control Division, before moving to Paris to lead the International Monetary Fund’s ... More


Money as a Legal Institution

Christine Desan

in Money in the Western Legal Tradition: Middle Ages to Bretton Woods

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780198704744
eISBN:
9780191774041
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704744.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter summarizes the case for considering money as a legal institution. The Western liberal tradition, represented here by John Locke’s iconic account of money, describes money as an item that ... More


Receipts

Jane I. Guyer

Bill Maurer and Lana Swartz (eds)

in Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks, and Other Money Stuff

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262035750
eISBN:
9780262338332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035750.003.0015
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Macro- and Monetary Economics

The author remembers examples from her childhood and her adult life of the collection, management and curation of paper receipts: in so-called cash railways, mechanical devices used to move cash and ... More


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