by Michael R. Ash
Among supposed Book of Mormon blunders is the mention of “coins” and a monetary system. The Book of Mormon text, however, never mentions “coins”. Several decades ago, the church began to add notes, cross-references, and chapter headings. To modern readers it seemed obvious that Alma 11 was describing coins, so the chapter detailed a system of “Nephite coinage”. Upon closer examination, however, the text doesn’t suggest that the Nephites had coins (minted coins) but they did have a monetary system, and this is what we find in the ancient New World.
Michael R. Ash is the author of: Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting The Prophet Joseph Smith. He is the owner and operator of MormonFortress.com and is on the management team for FairMormon. He has been published in Sunstone, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, the Maxwell Institute’s FARMS Review, and is the author of Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt. He and his wife live in Ogden, Utah, and have three daughters.
Julianne Dehlin Hatton is a broadcast journalist living in Louisville, Kentucky. She has worked as a News Director at an NPR affiliate, Radio and Television Host, and Airborne Traffic Reporter. She graduated with an MSSc from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2008. Julianne and her husband Thomas are the parents of four children.
Music for Faith and Reason is provided by Arthur Hatton.