Toby Mott: Dictator Coins

Book launch at the New York Art Book Fair
April 26, 2024

Join us at the Printed Matter New York Art Book Fair, booth A1, for the launch of Toby Mott’s Dictator Coins, produced in a limited edition of 30. On occasion of the launch, available copies—normally retailing for $725—will be offered at a special, discounted price of $475.

Following the success of Dictator Banknotes (2020) and Dictator Postage Stamps (2021), Mott completes his running trilogy with Dictator Coins. This large volume presents real coins minted under notorious dictators through history, from the 4th Century Roman Empire into the 21st Century.

Mott’s publication offers a visceral encounter with the past. The coins’ etched metal portraits provide a window into the delicate dance between art, politics and supremacy. Dictator Coins traces a journey through the corridors of power, where coins bearing the weight of empires serve as silent witness to the rise and fall of infamous regimes.

Designed as an album, with high-quality card stock, the publication contains seven genuine dictator coins with accompanying text for each dictator, featuring Constantius II, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, Vladimir Lenin, Francisco Franco, Chiang Kai-Shek, and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Toby Mott is an artist, author and cultural historian with a passion for exploring the intersections of art, politics, and popular culture. His diverse body of work spanning more than twenty books, exhibitions, and academic research, including acclaimed projects such as New Age: Stonehenge to Jungle B2B and Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-80 The Mott Collection demonstrates his unique insight into the role of visual culture in shaping society.