Friday, July 28, 2017


A Kind of a Gazette

Joseph Addison (1672-1719), Dialogues on Medals, III:
As soon as an emperor had done any thing remarkable, it was immediately stamped on a coin, and became current through his whole dominions. It was a pretty contrivance, says Cynthio, to spread abroad the virtues of an emperor, and make his actions circulate. A fresh coin was a kind of a gazette, that published the latest news of the empire.

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