The World Encyclopedia of Coins and Coin Collecting: The Definitive Illustrated Reference to the World's Greatest Coins and a Professional Guide to Bu (World Encyclopedia of...) (Hardcover)
This is the ultimate expert guide to coins and coin collecting, fully updated for this new edition. An in-depth introduction to the origins, anatomy and usage of coins looks at the birth of the world's first currencies. Practical advice on evaluating grade and condition will enable the amateur to gauge the value of their latest acquisitions, and step-by-step techniques show how to restore and preserve coins of all ages. The country-by-country directory contains lively histories of modern-day territories and ancient regimes, plus engrossing stories of some of the most remarkable coins in existence. More than 3000 life-size images of wonderful coins illustrate this fascinating book, including the boat-shaped issues of ancient Byzantium, the Vatican coins and many more.
Dr James Mackay was one of the world's foremost authors on collectibles such as coins, stamps, antiques and bronzes. Philip Mussell is an expert in numismatics and medals and is the Marketing Director of Token Publishing, a specialist publisher of coins, medals and other similar collectables.