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Notes on the Establishment of a Money Unit

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June 9, 2014
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Notes on the Establishment of a Money Unit

TJ-Money-UnitAtlas is pleased to announce the release of a new, limited edition reprinting of Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the Establishment of a Money Unit, with original photographs of the 1784 text. Envisioned by Atlas Senior Fellow Judy Shelton, this unique and beautifully crafted book provides the historical foundations of America’s ideals towards money and currency. In the foreword, Dr. Shelton asks, “Why did the man responsible for defining the ideals of a nation take it upon himself to define the value of its money unit?” For Shelton, the text, in its original form, makes clear both Jefferson’s thought process and clarifies his objectives. It demonstrates his desire to ensure money in America served as an accurate and reliable standard of value, not as another policy instrument for government to serve its own ends.


The Atlas Sound Money Project held a book launch on January 30 to introduce the publication. The event was co-sponsored and hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in Monticello. The main speaker of the night was Dr. Judy Shelton who was introduced by Dr. Andrew J. O’Shaughnessy, the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. You can read Dr. Judy Shelton’s speech by following this link. The event was attended by 35 people including board members and the Presidents of both institutions. You can see pictures of the event by following this link.

Today, Dr. Shelton and Dr. Alex Chafuen lead Atlas’s Sound Money Project, an effort to reinvigorate dialogue and appreciation for the role of money in a free society. This artful volume represents the spirit of that effort and would make a great stocking stuffer for friends and family. A limited number of copies are now available for $50 each on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to order your copy today.