A chronological account of the development of our American coinage and money system that tells the nature and kinds of coins and paper money used in the U.S., where and how they are made and distributed, from the beginnings up to the present. Not a book of specific value from the numismatic angle, though it provides good basic information. First, the Indian trading and barter, then the first non-imported money, the first mints, the independent coinage of each colony, whether metal, paper or tobacco. The crying need for uniformity of coinage evidenced during the Revolution, and the creation of the U.S. Mint and national currency. Commemorative issues, legal and governmental backgrounds of money, laws governing gold and silver, and recent legislation. A new angle on American history.