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Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - Present

Krause C L & Mishler C   Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - Present
2005 Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-Present, 33rd Edition. Paperback 2345 pages. Krause Publications. 2004. Chester L Krause, Cliffo Complete coverage makes a "world" of difference! Taking world coin collecting by storm, this annual best seller is the only single volume available, offering complete coverage from 1901 to present. More than one million prices are provided (listings price coins in up to five grades of condition) along with nearly 50,000 obverse and reverse illustrations to make coin identification fast and easy.Everything old is new again - prices have been thoroughly researched and reviewed, updated to reflect current market values. Hundreds of new coin listings have been added, along with hundreds of new and improved illustrations, including many 2004-2005 issues. Plus, descriptions have been revised and expanded to include more detail.-Complete coverage of known world coins from 1901 to present-More than one million prices in up to five grades of condition have been reviewed and updated-Includes essential reference information such as how-to-use tutorial, international numeric guide, identification charts, foreign exchange rates, and much more.


Standard Catalog World Paper Money

Cuhaj G S   Standard Catalog World Paper Money
Modern Issues 1961-Date. Vol Three, 10th Edition. Paperback. 988 pages, Krause Publications. 2004. Paper money collectors continue to keep the world market hot as new notes and information become available, and this new 10th edition of the most comprehensive reference for modern world paper money ever published features thoroughly revised pricing information and photographs for new notes issued in recent years.Staying on top of the most recent discoveries, releases, and prices is the network of experts that has assembled the tenth edition of this reference. Nearly 12,000 legal tender notes issued and circulated by more than 380 note-issuing authorities are identified and priced in three grades of condition. To assist collectors of all levels this reference includes a color photograph gallery, detailed user's guide, grading terms, dating information, foreign language references, exchange tables, a foreign bank index, and more.Publication date May 2004.


A Numismatic History of Ecuador

Anderson A   A Numismatic History of Ecuador
This book tells the fascinating story of a new countryis struggle for a national currency, from pre-Incan "money axes" to the adoption of the United States dollar in the year 2000. Quoting extensively from contemporary documents, here translated into English for the first time, it relates the story of a national mint, run by a Sardinian colonel who had never before even seen a mint and who wanted to put the mint personnel into uniform, give them military ranks and make them subject to summary jurisdiction by a mint court. We read how the same colonel was put into a dungeon by rebels who held the mint for six months and even introduced a new denomination, how the mint later commandeered counterfeiters' confiscated equipment because it was better than their own, how the President over-ruled a court order requiring the destruction of counterfeit coins in the Treasury because without them it would be impossible to pay the civil service and the armed forces, how another President organised an armed assault on the vaults of the Bank of Ecuador, and how a determined Scotsman devoted thirty years to keeping the struggling mint operational. With much of Ecuador's currency provided from beyond its borders, from the Potosi cobs first introduced to Quito in 1594, through the French Napoleon III silver 20 centimes which provided much of the small change in the 1860s, to the United States coins which provided most of circulating coinage in the year 2000, there is plenty here to interest numismatists concerned with coins of other series, and the author has also made excursions into the realms of banknotes and postage stamps.


Money, A History

WILLIAMS J   Money, A History
1997, 256 pages, illustrated throughout with over 550 photographs, many in colour. Cloth. Whether or not money 'makes the world go round', few phenomena in human history have been the focus of so much constant and fevered attention, occasioned so many moral and religious strictures or been the cause of so much strife and competition between indiviuals, institutions and states. This book examines the history of money, its spread and cultural diversity throughout the world, from the earliest known records of payments to the cashless money of our own day, and sets it against a background of broader economic and social issues, such as the varied moral, political and religious attitudes provoked by money in different cultures. The authors begin by tracing the growth and development of monetary systems from the ancient civilisations of Mesopotamia and Egypt to the establishment of coinage in the Greek and Roman worlds. The next chapters develop a broader geographical view, looking at the monetary systems of Europe during the Middle Ages, the Islamic world, India and China. In the final part of the book the focus is on the processes by which money has become a global phenomenon, with chapters exploring its expanding role in early modern Europe and the Americas, the effect of European contacts on the local payment systems of Africa and Oceania, and the increasing impact in the last two centuries of economic thought on monetary affairs. Written by a team of specialist curators from the Department of Coins and Medals in the British Museum, the book is illustrated with over 500 examples of coins and other forms of money.


KRAUSE C L & MISHLER C   Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801-1900
Third edition, Iola 2001. 1200 pages, over 25,000 coin illustrations. Valuations. Card covers. The all-new 3rd edition of the Standard Catalogue of World Coins 19th century, is the most complete single-volume reference for 19th century coinage. It brings you circulation strikes, commemoratives, patterns, trial strikes, essays, coin-like medallic issues, important token issues and more besides


Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1601-1700

KRAUSE C L & MISHLER C   Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1601-1700
Second edition, Iola 1999. 1272 pages, over 24,500 coin illustrations. Valuations. Card covers. This all new 2nd edition of seventeenth century Standard Catalogue of World Coins represents a combination of thirty years research, data accumulation, photography and persistence in providing a single, comprehensive catalogue to which collectors can turn. The casual collector, specialist and dealer alike are provided with the latest information on market valuations in up to four grades of preservation.


The Counterfeit Coin Story

Peters K   The Counterfeit Coin Story
224 pages, illustrated throughout, packed with information, anecdotes and references. Card covers. This book will fascinate anyone interes ted in coinage. The author reveals how the simple coin has led thousands into dark, daring, draft and sometimes even comic endeavours to take nefarious and distinctly dangerous shortcuts to riches. It includes cameos of amazing individuals such as the debonair Becker, who moved in high circles; the Scotsman who thought he would create his own small change, only to learn that the coin he was engraving had ceased to be legal tender; Hamid Muhammad, who avoided being beheaded for counterfeiting by becoming his country\rquote s first official coin engraver - and many others. At times, counterfeit epidemics have occurred, when, incredibly, more counterfeit coins than genuine were in circulation. Governments introduced draconian laws to discourage counterfeiting, and further laws to 'enforce' the existing laws! Many 'improvements' were introduced to make forging more difficult, but the fakers' skills also improved. This running battle, which started around 575 B.C. is still continuing to-day.


The Land of Water

Mitchiner M   The Land of Water
Coinage and History of Bangladesh and Later Arakan, circa 300 BC to the present day. 2000. 160 pages, illustrated throughout. Valuations. Casebound. There have been a number of studies of both the history and the coinage of the land which is now Bangladesh. Many of these studies were written about the old province of Bengal, which had a slightly westerly shift in relation to the modern Republic of Bangladesh. A major emphasis tended to be given to the Islamic period, partly because the history and coinage of this period can be most readily documented. There remains much which has not been adequately discussed and one of the author's aims in the present study has been to address especially those areas in which there remains ample scope for debate.


The Gros Tournois

Mayhew N J   The Gros Tournois
Proceedings of the Fourteenth Oxford Symposium on Coinage and Monetary History. Oxford 1997. Vi, 520 pages, 42 plates. Cloth. Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication No.31. "The gros tournois was one of the most important coinages of thirteenth and fourteenth century Europe. First struck by Louis IX c.1266, it became the principal money of France and was widely circulated and imitated across Europe. However, the detailed chronology of the issue, and the identification of the mints where it was struck, have hitherto received very little attention. This volume draws together what is currently known of the gros tournois, and goes on to propose a new classification and outline chronology. It offers a summary of all the relevant French documentary evidence, and a catalogue of all the hoards containing gros tournois from France, the Low Countries and Switzerland. There are hoard reports of gros tournois from Italy, and Switzerland, Israel and the Levant. Detailed work on this identification of imitations refines our understanding of the official issues and deepens our awareness of the extent of copying. There is also an extensive Bibliography. This is the fruit of a collaborative effort by all the leading scholars in the field, which will at once transform the subject, and provide a platform for future work."


The Coinage and History of Southern India, part I

Mitchiner M   The Coinage and History of Southern India, part I
The Coinage and History of Southern India. Part One, Karnataka - Andhra. Sanderstead 1998. 280 pages, 22 maps, over 1200 coins catalogued and illustrated, valuations. Casebound.


The Coinage and History of Southern India, part II

Mitchiner M   The Coinage and History of Southern India, part II
The Coinage and History of Southern India. Part Two. Tamilnadu - Kerala. Sanderstead 1998. 282 pages, over 1,200 coins catalogued and illustrated, valuations. Casebound.


Magic Coins of Java, Bali and the Malay Peninsula

Cribb J   Magic Coins of Java, Bali and the Malay Peninsula
Thirteenth to Twentieth Centuries. A Catalogue based on the Raffles Collection of Coin-shaped Charms from Java in the British Museum. London 1999. 288 pages, including 80 plates. Laminated boards. "The magic coins of Java, Bali and the Malay Peninsula are part of a living tradition throughout Southeast Asia and the Far East. Based on the Chinese coins used as money in thirteenth to fifteenth century Java, most have designs derived from the wayang, the traditional shadow puppet theatre of Indonesia. The collection also includes some fine examples featuring Islamic designs and inscriptions which relate to the modern popular culture of the Malay Peninsula. This work presents the British Museum's collection of 165 coin-shaped charms, most of which were collected in Java by Sir Edmund Raffles, with 80 superb black and white plates. Comparisons are also made with 885 specimens from other collections worldwide. The author, Joe Cribb is curator of South Asian Coins in the Department of Coins and Medals in the British Museum."


Oriental Coins and their values, Vol III

Mitchiner M   Oriental Coins and their values, Vol III
Volume Three. Non-Islamic States & Western colonies: AD 600-1979. Sanderstead 1979. The present volume completes a three-volume survey of Oriental coinage. The coin series considered here were issued in lands situated from India in the west to Korea and New Guinea in the east and from the Himalayas and Mongolia in the north to Ceylon and Indonesia in the south. Coinage issued within this area during the Ancient Period has already been covered in the second volume of this series, while the issues of the Islamic Sultanates in India were included in the first volume. The many coin series considered in this volume fall naturally into four sections of about equal length, with between 900 and 1,400 coins catalogued in each section. In the first section are grouped coin series struck for the numerous Indian States that held sway in Northern India from the fall of the Gupta Empire in the fifth century AD until the consolidation of Islamic control in the thirteenth century. The first section continues with coinage struck for the multiplicity of non-Islamic principalitites that controlled the Deccan and Penninsular India from the beginning of the Medieval Period until the last local coinage was struck during the 1940's. Approximately 1,400 coins are catalogued in this section which embraces such well-known names as those of the Maukharis, Vardhanas, Palas, Chahamanas, Kalachuris, Kadambas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas, Pandyas, Cholas and the kings of Ceylon, of Vijayanagar and of Mysore. But many less familiar names include the Vaghelas, Silaharas, Kayasthas, Gangas and the many families of Nayakas. The coins struck for these various dynasts are considered in their historical context and in relation to previously published information: but many of the issues described in this book have not been previously published and a large number of others are new to western literature. Coinage struck in India, Pakistan and Ceylon for the trading enclaves established by European powers from the early sixteenth century onwards provides the material for the second section of the book. The history and coinage of the Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, French and English settlements lead on to a consideration of the coin series struck in British India and Ceylon. This section ends with a survey of coinage struck after these regions more recently acquired independence and includes, last but not least, Bangladesh. Moving further north and also east, the countries considered in the third section of this book stretch in an arc from Himalayan states such as Nepal and Assam, through Tripura and Arakan, to embrace the South-east Asian kingdoms that have ruled Burma, Thailand and Cambodia since an early time; a time before the Thai-Burman peoples had arrived on the scene. Although the majority of coins issues within this arc from Nepal to Arakan have been published previously, a very substantial proportion of specimens belonging to more easterly series issued in the Burma-Thailand-Cambodia region are either newly published or else they are placed in a new historical context which gives much more meaning to the environment in which such coinage often of unusual shape, evolved during a fairly substantial time span. Progressing from the more modern machine-struck coinage - and also some tokens - of Burma, Thailand and Cambodia, the book moves on to a discussion of coinage struck by the early Hindu kingdoms in the Malay Penninsula and the Indonesian Arhipelago. The coinage of this region, which stretches south-easwards as far as New Guinea, is followed through the period of the European colonising powers down to the independent states of the present day. The fourth and final section of the book deals with the Far East. Chinese coinage is considered in its historical context from the foundation of the T'ang dynasty, in the early seventh century AD, down to the present time. A catalogue of Chinese cash, and of their machine struck successors, including examples of the local coinage struck in Turkestan, is followed by a selection of silver sycee. Other local coin series include those struck in Portuguese, British, German, Japanese and local Communist enclaves, together with issues struck in such successor states as Mongolia and Taiwan. The various coin series, and some amulets, cast and struck in the adjacent countries of Korea to the north-east and Annam (Vietnam, French Indo-China) to the south-west lead on to related series issued in the island realm of Japan. 640 pages, over 4,750 coins illustrated, valuations. Casebound.


Chinese Cash

Jen D   Chinese Cash
Identification and Price Guide. 2000. xi, 341 pages, nearly 2,000 line drawings in text. Valuations. Card covers. Chinese cash coins have captured the fancy of many collectors - they come in a wide array of shapes and sizes, they were minted from a variety of metals and they are adorned with beautiful calligraphy that is relatively easy to translate even for those who do not understand Chinese. The coins were issued by every major ruler of China from around 700 B.C. to A.D. 1911; collecting them opens the door to a fascinating history to which few westerners are exposed. Best of all, cash coins are available in surprising numbers and at relatively affordable prices - millions were minted and many survive, and its easy inexpensive to obtain coins that are 2,000 years old or more.


Monographs on Eastern Coinage

Lingen J & Wiggins K   Monographs on Eastern Coinage
Sanderstead 1978. The many and varied coins issued by the Sindhias, like the coinages of other Indian Native States, have never been closely investigated. From time to time, over many years, certain numismatic and related information has been published in numismatic journals, learned papers, catalogues and similar publications but these references are scattered and some are very difficult to find. The present monograph may assist in supplying some further information and in correcting the lack of data concerning the coins of Indian Native States, but it attempts to deal with one state only. With the resources at our disposal it may prove to be deficient in some respects. The coins set out and described in this catalogue are taken for the most part from the authors collections and augmented by specimens in the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum. Further information has been culled from various catalogues of other collections and from articles that have appeared in responsible journals. Valuable assistance has also been received from some private collectors. 108 pages, line drawings. Card covers.


The Early Coinage of Central Asia

Mitchiner M   The Early Coinage of Central Asia
Sanderstead 1973. 96 pages, 14 plates, illustrations in text. Card covers.


Indian Tokens

Mitchiner M   Indian Tokens
Popular Religious & Secular Art from the ancient period to the present day. Sanderstead 1998. 240 pages, 1,080 pieces catalogued and illustrated, valuations. Casebound.


Catalogue of the Aksumite Coins in the British Museum

Monro-Hay S   Catalogue of the Aksumite Coins in the British Museum
London 1999. 48 pages, 69 plates. Cloth. "The ancient coinage issued between the third and seventh centuries AD by the northern Ethiopian kingdom of Aksum is still extremely rare, even in major museum collections. The British Museum's holdings of Aksumite coins were until recently fairly modest, but the acquisition of a substantial collection in 1989 has increased the number of examples to well over 600. This book brings the account of the Museum's collection up to date, describing and illustrating each piece. In the interests of completeness it also includes descriptions - and illustrations, where possible - of all issues known from other sources but not represented in the collection. A new numerical reference system has been created. The coinage of Aksum provides and important key to the kingdom's very obscure history. Two rulers known from other sources, Ezana and Kaleb, allow for the series to be fixed chronologically at two points, but for more than twenty other rulers the coinage is the only notice we have of their existence. Study of the iconography, legends, metal content and other features of these coins therefore makes a vital contribution to our understanding of this little-known African state."


Aksumite Coinage

MUNRO-HAY, S. & JUEL-JENSEN, B.   Aksumite Coinage
A revised and enlarged edition of The Coinage of Aksum. London, 1995. 286 pages. 75 plates, illustrating 470 coins. Casebound. The bibliography has been brought up to date, and an attempt has been made to list all coins that are known of in museums, private collections, and in the trade.


Metallurgy in Numismatics, Vol III

Archibald M M & Cowell M R   Metallurgy in Numismatics, Vol III
London, 1993. 296 pages, 38 plates. Casebound. Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication No.24. "This third volume in the Royal Numismatic Society's series Metallurgy in Numismatics presents twenty-one papers on aspects of coin production from the fifth century BC to projections of future developments into the twenty-first century. Most of the papers were given at a symposium on Techniques of Coin Production (London, 1988), but several additional papers on the same theme have been included".


Metallurgy in Numismatics, Vol IV

Oddy W A & Cowell M R   Metallurgy in Numismatics, Vol IV
Volume 4. London 1998. xiv, 538 pages, illustrations in text. Cloth. Royal Numismatic Society, Special Publication No. 30 "The fourth volume of the Royal Numismatic Society's occasional series Metallurgy in Numismatics presents sixteen papers on various scientific methods of examining coins, together with twenty-one papers illustrating the use of some of these techniques. The papers were given at a symposium held at the British Museum in September 1994, the aim of which was to present an up-to-date review of the scientific investigation of coins and of the numismatic results which can be obtained. As such, this volume replaces Metallurgical Investigation of Ancient Coinage (SP 8, 1972), which was the proceedings of the first ever international conference devoted entirely to this topic and illustrates the developments of the past twenty-five years and is a seminal example of the co-operation of the arts and sciences."


The Metal Mirror

Sack S   The Metal Mirror
Coin photographs by Stephen Sack. An exhibition at the British Museum, 5 October to 5 December 1999. The images in this exhibition are the result of an 18-month collaboration between the Department of Coins and Medals and American-born artist Stephen Sack. Conventional exhibitions on the theme of coins, medals and money tend to approach the subject from a historical or art-historical perspective, but the emphasis and aims of The Metal Mirror are rather different. In early 1998 Sack was invited to produce a set of artworks based on the Museum's unparalleled numismatic collections; the challenging and expressive images presented here are the results. During the project Sack worked closely with curators in the Department of Coins and Medals, drawing on their specialist knowledge and enthusiasm to further his understanding of coins as historical artefacts. The process of selecting the coins was demanding: thousands were examined only to be rejected. Those finally chosen originate from a variety of time periods and cultures: Roman coins from ancient Alexandria, Gaul and Judeaa, as well as Rome itself; Indo-Greek coins minted in Afghanistan in the second century BC; Catholic medals from 17th-century Italy; and medieval Islamic coins from Turkey and Iraq. Together they appear as fragments of a crumbling fresco; now incomplete, we must rely on our imagination to fill in the gaps. All the works here focus on a detail of the coin's surface. The careful editing and physical size of the finished image is essential: in this way the coin is removed from its familiar context, it loses its intimacy and is transformed into something epic. The artist has requested that the works be displayed without their source-coins, as this might demistify the images and inhibit the viewer's imaginative response to them. For this reason also, the individual works remain untitled. In this exhibition art and numismatics converge; these images of phantom-like figures, mythical beasts and shadowy architecture evoke a lost and ancient world, and bring a new level of understanding to these worn and ancient coins.


The Queen Lovisa Ulrika Collection of Numismatic Literature

Strandberg C O   The Queen Lovisa Ulrika Collection of Numismatic Literature
An llustrated and Annotated Catalogue. Stockholm 2001. 190 pages, 260 black and white illustrations, 20 colour plates.Casebound in cloth, jacket. The complete catalogue of the Queen Lovisa Ulrika Collection of Numismatic Literature in the Library of the Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Stockholm, is printed with bibliographic information, including descriptions of the bindings, and notes on the authors. Photographic illustrations of the title pages accompany the bibliographic descriptions. The major part of the collection was brought together by Count Carl Gustaf Tessin in the early part of the eighteenth century and sold by him to Queen Lovisa Ulrika in the 1750’s. Upon the death of the Queen’s son, Gustav III, the books were moved to the Royal Museum in which the collecions of coins and medals were kept, later to be transferred to the Academy Library.


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