Moneta: A Study ...

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private circulation, 1884 - Numismatics - 8 pages
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Page 3 - Master-Science regards minting and mintage in their most comprehensive, most humane, and indeed their most interesting and practical aspects. I have' chosen this as an appropriate time and place for suggesting the name and position of a Science of Monctalogy — a study of vital importance to us as a nation and as individuals ; a creature hitherto unrecognized chiefly because unnamed. Adapting the language of President Eliot, I may say, " This subject is a branch of history, inasmuch as it gleans...
Page 5 - Moncta, from the fact that money was coined in the temple of Juno Moneta on the Capitoline Hill at Rome. Hence, too, our words money and monetary. As Moneta, Juno is our admonisher (moneo) from MAN, to think. Rooted in the intellect, goddess of our mint, guardian of our money, the living name of a dead myth seems to be the natural parent of an idea, the fit coiner of a word, the name MONETALOGV. Henceforth we shall avoid many stammering explanations, many circumlocutions, if we speak of monetalogists,...
Page 8 - ... as they have done for ours. They are not simply mechanical or material forces ; they are also moral forces of great intensity. I maintain that the young science which has already given to all sciences a new and better spirit and method, and to civilization new powers and resources of infinite range, deserves to be admitted with all possible honors to the circle of the liberal arts ; and that a study fitted to train noble faculties, which are not trained by the studies now chiefly pursued in youth,...
Page 8 - ... society, which are not trained by the studies now chiefly pursued in youth, ought to be admitted on terms of perfect equality to the academic curriculum." A coin as a specimen of glyptic art, and the epitomized type of all art, seems to claim a sort of divine right to be regarded as the truest symbol of the intellectual life of man.
Page 7 - But these shekels were not to be regarded as coin. The French metric system has shown the relation between measures of weight and of length to be as intimate as geometry and geology. Indeed the Latin uncia was both a twelfth-part weight and a twelfth-part measure of length.
Page 5 - ... intellectual man. These and various cognates and derivations, together with the name of the goddess Juno Moneta, are from the Aryan root MAN, to think. Not to wander too far into the metaphysic, we may find a name in this line of thought and trace the verbal progeny in one direction from the Latin moneta, a mint, money, to the AngloSaxon mynct or mynt, a coin, later English uienet and modern mint.

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