Money talks at Thursday Forum

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2015-02-19 14:20:38 - General

Steve Feller
Steve Feller
B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics

The development and history of money will be discussed at Coe College's Thursday Forum in March.

Physics Professor and Coe’s resident numismatist Steve Feller will guide participants through the ever-changing meaning of money. For ancient peoples, money consisted of certain weights of precious metals, whereas money during the American Revolution was paper "guaranteed" by Congress and later redeemed at two cents per dollar. Today most money is electronic.

The series opens March 5 with an overview of money. Participants will look at and hold ancient coins. Money from antiquity to the modern period will be examined as a reflection of world events.

On March 12, Feller will examine the myriad monies of the American Revolution through the Civil War.  The money speaks of the establishment of the United States.

The third session will focus on the thousands of different monies that resulted from the two world wars of the 20th century. Scrip used in World War II helps tell the story of the concentration camps, a specialty of Feller's.

The series concludes with a discussion of the future of money. How does electronic money work? Is there going to be a role for traditional money?

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. A luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series.

The courses are open to all adults. Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $30 on the first day or in advance. Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. Payment can be made in person on Thursday mornings by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed online only. For more information about paying by credit card or directly from your checking account, or to order gift certificates, call (319) 399-8619.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "A Brief History of Money: From Athens to Auschwitz" - March 5, 12, 19, 26.
  • "Charles de Gaulle and 20th Century France" - April 2, 9, 16, 23.

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