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Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us

Coined presents the multidimensional portrait of currency through the ages. In this book, New York Times bestselling author Kabir Sehgal takes the readers on a global quest to uncover a deeper understanding of the relationship and instrumental function between money and human history. According to Sehgal, money is an idea – it's a transformative player in how we view, cope, and harmonize with the world. Money isn't just what makes the world go around; it is largely what makes each of us go around. 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. It details the birth of money, its place in our culture, how the obsession for it can lead to death and destruction, all the while mixing engaging and entertaining stories from the front lines of global currency exchange with extensive, thoughtful research.


“…Sehgal is a tireless and eloquent guide, and knows just how long to stay at each stop.”

Financial Times

“He has prepared the ground for us to take it forward, to give new meaning to money, to assign it new roles in our lives, and imagine the future of money as a foundation upon which we can build the future of the world we all cherish. Thank you, Kabir.”

—Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Founder of Grameen Bank

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 Volcker, Former Chair of the Federal Reserve

“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

“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

“If you want to understand how money has impacted the human condition, for better or worse, and how it will continue to shape our behavior, read this book.”

Sheila Bair, Former Chair of the Federal Deposit Corporation

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, bestselling author of Steve Jobs and President of the Aspen Institute

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

Kabir Sehgal has created an ideal book for anyone interested in understanding how money has impacted our world. His thought provoking and impressive writing style makes this an enjoyable and educational read.”

—William H. Rogers, Chairman & CEO, SunTrust Banks