In order to be a true numismatist I believe one must look beyond collecting for collections' sake alone. True knowledge comes from
researching the history and stories behind the currency, as they often reveal fascinating insights into the "why, where and
when" of the economic, political and social issues of their time. It is in this spirit that the articles contained in this website,
written over sixty years of collecting, are offered.
In addition to oriental coins and the currencies of the world my collecting interests include old newspapers and other related
historic documents. I have been a contributor to various numismatic publications and am the author of Copper Cash and Silver
Taels, a book covering the monetary aspects of life in China during the Ch'ing dynasty.
I found particularly interesting
1) An article on Stamps on Currency notes which acted almost like counter marks on coins at times of emergency need.
2) An article on The Worlds First Paper Money.