13 The standard metal coinage

Like Mandeville from Rotterdam before him, the father of David Ricardo (1772-1823) left Amsterdam for London. In 1783-1785 David returned to Holland to learn the language. Back in London, he joined his father’s stock-broking business and did well there. Smith’s Wealth of Nations inspired him to publish his own works about economics from 1809. In A Proof of the Depreciation of Bank Notes (1810), Ricardo advocated the metal coin standard. His most famous book is Principles of Political Economy and Taxation (1817).

A proof of the depreciation of bank notes
David Ricardo
London: Murray, 1810
Book, third revised ed, published in the same year as the first ed, 15 x 24



United Kingdom