Wednesday, 6 July 2011
This is an artefact from the Robert Owen Museum that Bridget and I were both very taken with. It is a Spanish coin, which must already have been out of circulation in Robert Owen's time, as it has been requisitioned and used as a form of internally exchangeable currency at the New Lanark woollen mill. This has been done simply by stamping its new name and value on top of the old one. It shows an economy of means, and allows the coin to visually display its double identity. Is it more or less respectful to the original than melting it down and starting again? Hmmm.