What’s different about the Imperial Dollar Project from, say, other sites on numismatics?
Among the things that makes IDP unique is that it’s curated by academics not only interested in documenting coins and paper money, but in understanding their larger implications on our nation’s past, present, and even future. This applies in the arena of not only economics, but an array of other important subject-matter areas.
Can you tell me what a particular coin or piece of paper money is worth?
There are abundant resources online for finding the value of your priceless family heirloom or flea-market find. Among them are the so-called Red Book–an inexpensive, but indispensable, reference on American coins. Though visiting a local dealer or shop is often your best best for more accurate estimate of what “the market will actually bear.”
As we’ll see in installments of IDP content, the United States dollar spread—both metaphorically and physically—alongside American (imperial) influence in the hemisphere and, indeed, the globe. So the dollar, itself, has had “imperial” traits, using the loose interpretation of the word.
Is this strictly a digital project or is there a place where I can read more detailed versions of your content?
IDP is the digital companion to a some short-form pieces on the subject of American currency, as well as to a more comprehensive long-form manuscript (in development) on the topics covered here–and well beyond. Stay tuned for links and announcements in the near future.
Why is there no content on cryptocurrencies and other forms of electronic money?
Part of the reason is that this is an expansive subject that more-or-less merits a “project” of its own. There are active discussions for a possible “spin-off” from IDP devoted to this subject–depending on interest and (pending) resources made available to us. If a cryptocurrency-based project does, indeed, come to fruition, it will be announced on this website and (of course) our Twitter account. The latter, though not its own project by any means, does periodically touch on the subject, so be sure to follow us.
I’d like to contribute content (written or otherwise) to your website. How do I contact you?
We generally solicit content on an invitation-only basis, but if you’re an experienced writer or skilled content producer–especially on matters related to money, economics, or any of the subject we touch on here at IDP–we’d love to hear from you. Use the form on our contact page, with a brief explanation of your idea and/or background and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.