The history of some of the world’s rarest and most interesting coins comes alive in the author’s stories, which are illustrated with beautiful high-quality color photographs. Beginning with ancient coins struck nearly 2,500 years ago, the reader goes on a tour of political, military and religious conflict that brings him forward to the 20th century. Read about the ancient Roman coin that commemorated the assassination of Julius Caesar and the early American issue struck to pay the maker’s bar tab. See works of art in coins created by ancient artists of Syracuse and a coin designed by Benjamin Franklin. This is a wonderful book that both collectors and non-collectors will thoroughly enjoy.