KEEP THE CHANGE: A Collector’s Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency

ThKeep the Change ey say to have a thoroughly fulfilling life, a person should own a home, have a child and write a book. I’m not so sure about that, but we have child and a home and that vaunted goal is nigh.

In April of this year, Princeton Architectural Press will publish my 1st book!  Here’s a link where you can “look inside” the book, and below that is information on the first scheduled reading.  There will be more so please stay posted. Thank you.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM

48 Wall Street | New York, NY 10005
Tel: 212.908.4110 | Fax: 212.908.4601

Harley J. Spiller – the Museum’s own “Inspector Collector” – began collecting money at age five when, home sick from school, his father tossed him a sack of pennies and a Whitman coin folder. In the five decades since, Spiller has amassed one of America’s most extensive collections of unusual financial artifacts, as well as a wealth of anecdotes and quirky historical details about US currency. He says, “I see my collection as a cache that cannot be counted in standard ways. It’s not about money; it’s about what can be learned from money.”

In Keep the Change (Princeton Architectural Press April 2015), Spiller explains why greenbacks are green, what happens to worn-out bills, how artists navigate the fine line between art and mutilation and whether it’s ever acceptable to burn money. This highly selective tour through currency legends and lore will inspire readers to look with a new sense of wonder at the bills that pass through their hands every day.

Talk will be followed by Q&A and book signing. $5 tickets include Museum admission. Museum members and students are admitted free. Feel free to bring your lunch.

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