CoinWeek Podcast #160: Silver: America’s Historical & Political Metal (with Economist William Silber)

CoinWeek Podcast #160: Silver: America’s Historical & Political Metal (with Economist William Silber)

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Silver is a confounding, confusing, and controversial metal. Its continued use in circulating American federal coinage from 1794 to 1970 was the central focus of competing visions of our economic system – especially during the 19th century when it was a galvanizing topic for American populists. Silver’s role in American life was (is?) as confounding as it was sometimes maddening. In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, economist William Silber joins us to talk about silver and how the white metal shaped America and the Modern World.

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