Coined

New York Times & Wall Street Journal Best Seller

Coined: The Rich Life Of Money And How Its History Has Shaped Us

The importance of money in our lives is readily apparent to everyone – rich, poor, and in between. However grudgingly, most of us accept the expression “Money makes the world go round” as a universal truth. We are all aware of the power of money – how it influences our moods, compels us to take risks, and serves as the yardstick of success in societies around the world. Yet because we take the daily reality of money so completely for granted, we seldom question how and why it has come to play such a central role in our lives.

In Coined: The Rich Life of Money And How Its History Has Shaped Us, author Kabir Sehgal casts aside our workaday assumptions about money and takes the reader on a global quest to uncover a deeper understanding of the relationship between money and humankind. More than a mere history of its subject, Coined probes the conceptual origins and evolution of money by examining it through the multiple lenses of disciplines as varied as biology, psychology, anthropology, and theology. Coined is not only a profoundly informative discussion of the concept of money, but it is also an endlessly fascinating and entertaining take on the nature of humanity and the inner workings of the mind.

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Kabir Sehgal has done us a great service in writing this book. He has presented in this book everything that money has meant to people over the centuries and with a multidimensional perspective.

Muhammad Yunus (from Foreword)
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Founder of Grameen Bank

An exceptional examination of the history of money. Kabir has written an engaging narrative that spans thousands of years and introduces readers to important people who have impacted the chronicle of currency.

Jimmy Carter
Former US President

Kabir Sehgal has tackled the topic of money and written a fascinating account that weaves together history, philosophy, and personal anecdotes. He provides insights that are both riveting and thought-provoking.

Walter Isaacson

The best things in life are free, but ever since civilization began money has had a profound impact on humanity. Kabir's book brings the story of currency to life and is worth spending a few of your hard-earned coins on.

Sir Richard Branson
Founder, Virgin Group

Coined doesn't resemble any of the usual text books on money. For one thing, it's actually fun to read - and Kabir Sehgal will stimulate your thinking about our financial crisis and banking.

Paul Volker
Former Chair of the Federal Reserve

Coined is a world history of currency that looks at the different forms money takes across time and across cultures.

Bill Clinton
Former US President

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