Numismatic Archaeology of North America is the first book to provide an archaeological overview of the coins and tokens found in a wide range of North American archaeological sites. It begins with a comprehensive and well-illustrated review of the various coins and tokens that circulated in North America with descriptions of the uses for, and human behavior associated with, each type. The book contains practical sections on standardized nomenclature, photographing, cleaning, and curating coins, and discusses the impacts of looting and of working with collectors. This is an important tool for archaeologists working with coins. For numismatists and collectors, it explains the importance of archaeological context for complete analysis.
What is Numismatics?
The Development of Money in North America
Asian Coins in North America
Tokens and Medals
Coin Production Methods
Numismatic Approaches to Analysis
The Archaeologists’ Perspective
Using North American numismatic evidence
Shipwreck Archaeology and Coins
Materials, Corrosion, and Cleaning
Resources for the Identification of Coins and Tokens
Moving Forward: How can we Make Collaboration Work?
"This book is one of the most thorough and most detailed works I have ever read on the use of money in the United States. From Indian wampum to modern turnpike tokens, from foreign coins used as money in America to gold coins recovered from sunken treasure, this book will enhance the knowledge of all who read it."
— Q. David Bowers, Past President, American Numismatic Association; Research Editor, A Guide Book of United States Coins
"The book serves both as a first introduction to a numismatic area of study and a handy reference for those who might have found something with which they are not immediately familiar... It explains key archaeological concepts in plain English and provides enough visual information to help a hobbyist categorize found objects. It also provides tips on how to conduct further research."
— Charles Morgan, CoinWeek
"This volume is the first to give serious consideration to coins and their close cousins, tokens and medals, in the context of North American historical archaeology... an extremely welcome contribution that should be in every historical archaeologist's library."
— E.B. Banning, Antiquity