The Pound - A Biography

By David Sinclair.

Joanna David reads five extracts from `The Story of the Currency That Ruled the World and Lasted a Thousand Years'.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

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01Pound Versus Euro20000103

By David Sinclair.

Joanna David reads five extracts from `The Story of the Currency That Ruled the World and Lasted a Thousand Years'.

Abridged by Neville Teller.As the new millennium begins and sterling nears its end, will the pound disappear and be replaced by the euro? And if so, does it really matter?

02The Start Of Sterling20000104

Back to the beginning with the penny, King Offa and the definition of sterling.

03The First Poll Tax20000105

The trial of the Pyx, Wat Tyler, the first pound coin and the first pound note in America.

04The Industrial Revolution20000106

The South Sea Bubble, the first building societies, the first levy of income tax and the gold standard.

05 LASTThe Mondo Next?20000107

The effects of both the world wars in the 20th century, devaluation and the possibility of a cashless society.