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Money. We obsess about it in a material sense, but we don’t know much about it on a deeper level. We know it makes the world go ‘round, but do we really understand how? It’s what we want, but why? Coined is a colorful take on the history of money and its meaning in our lives.

Kabir Sehgal’s voice and vision are unique products of his sophisticated grasp of the subject—he is both a keen observer of and a high-stakes player in the global economic continuum. Sehgal is an approachable, authoritative guide to an unprecedented interdisciplinary safari, in which readers will learn how money and our intrinsic compulsion to value and exchange is fundamental to our survival. Exploring topics like the ancient Vedic notion of debt, monkeys who understand fruit juice as currency, the neuroscience of gambling, money in art, and many more ideas, Coined mixes stories from the front lines of global currency exchange with extensive, thoughtful research. With often surprising and thought-provoking anecdotes and research, Coined presents an entertaining, multidimensional portrait of currency through the ages.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kabir Sehgal has done us a great service in writing this book. He has presented in this book everything that money has meant to people over the centuries and with a multidimensional perspective. 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 winner

  • “The scope of information distilled is remarkable…[His] mission—to understand history and human beings by looking closely at their money. And you can’t argue with his conclusion: ‘Money is like blood,” he writes. ‘You need it to live, but it isn’t the point of life.’”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “From the history of currency as a storage of surplus value to the future of it as digital legal tender, Sehgal investigates it all with best- and worst-case scenarios.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Sehgal] opens up the toolbox of his trade in this wide-ranging discussion of money and its instrumental function through human history…He worries that “money is becoming more electronic and invisible. It has become so abstract that we risk forgetting the concrete lessons of history…A lively account with an unconventional viewpoint.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Sehgal doesn’t just tell the story of how money is created and used; he tells the story of what money means to people as individuals and as a civilization. Narrator Kevin Stillwell takes those words and creates a listening experiences that is difficult to pause. He reads in an even tone, deftly navigating the scientific, historical, and financial terms. As the book examines the phenomenon of money from multiple disciplines, Stillwell’s conversational tone works well. While much of the reading recounts Sehgal’s expertise and findings, when required, Stillwell is up to the task of providing a variety of accents to set quotations apart from the main text.”


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  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
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