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"..beautifully written and designed...His interest carries us, as it did him, into the world of coin collecting, a realm with its own terminology, quirky habits and venerated experts and connoisseurs. But he dissents from its codes and in so doing demonstrates collecting as a passion that can be satisfied many ways, more or less free, according to one's own rules." -The New York Times

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Author Harley J. Spiller was named by Art & Antiques magazine as one of the nation's "Top 100 Collectors". Spiller's collections are exhibited in museums around the world
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (March 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616892560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616892562
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a a totally absorbing book about coins and paper money. Spiller has been collecting distressed examples of them since he was five, and shares his knowledge and insight about them--I couldn't stop reading, it's just one surprising fact after another. It's beautifully written and art directed. I would recommend it to everyone of any age. People who collect coins and money will discover things that even they never knew, and everyone else will never look at money the same way again--after I paid for my coffee this morning, I carefully scanned my change with my new knowledge in mind. Buy it and you will spend a few hours exploring something completely familiar, now revealed to you in an entertaining and fascinating way.
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Those of modest means, or most people, who find themselves pursued and bitten by a fervent numismatic bug may find the hobby's emphasis on pricey rarities a barrier larger than a carbonized steel wall extending past the thermosphere. The few and inaccessibly expensive precious planchets that grace the numismatic press seem accessible only to those possessing pedigrees extending back to Charlemagne. But fret not. Alternatives exist. Apart from numerous modestly priced coins dispersed across bourse floors throughout the globe, one can borrow inspiration from Marcel Duchamp, that old champion of autographed urinals, and accumulate and appreciate found objects. Coins abound in the real world, often hidden in plain sight. Just gaze into streets, gutters, flaps of siding, between tire treads, in the digestive tracts of animals, beneath snowplows and in countless other surprising niches and crevices. Not beautiful or valuable specimens that will have Sotheby's ramming down your door Viking style, of course, but pieces full of curious historical fascination all their own. Not everything exciting or interesting is expensive.

"Keep the Change," a modestly sized and extremely enjoyable book priced well below a Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, passionately embraces the finding and collecting of mutilated money. Burgeoning with interesting monetary tidbits, bursting with plenty of full color photos of coins and bills damaged beyond hope and infused with a slightly necessary Quixotic spirit of adventure, the book highlights very underrated aspects of the life of physical cash. It's rough out there, even for metal. With a fresh albeit askew perspective the book turns the numismatic field, if not on its head, then at least on its rib cage.
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“Keep the Change” is a great little book! I picked up my husband’s copy because the design was so attractive, and the pictures of money inside were so curious. I started reading, and the text was the same… weird information and anecdotes (some historic some contemporary) about currency and its mistreatment… recounted in a intelligent yet familiar voice.
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