Most of the Coin
Collecting books are published every year. It contains all most all the
pictures of the coins release in a particular era, reign or particular range
of years. In these catalogs you can find practically every coin in the
world. Most of them contains prices according to their condition with their
pictures. Other features about coins are also mentioned in the book,
such as their mintage, weight, metal, diameter, ruler, mint and the history
behind of making this coin. These books also provide great teaching and
identifying aid such as understanding the numeric language of that
particular country or area. I would like to recommend coin catalogs to every
coin collector, as mentioned earlier at least 15% of your budget spend on
coins should be used in purchasing these catalogs. Krause catalog also
contains country index, foreign exchange table, coin size chart, hejira date
calendar and other basic information on coin collecting.
Please check for
latest edition of the below mentioned books, as I might not be updated.
2007 Standard Catalog of World Coins.
21st Century Edition, Covers world coins from 2001-Date, Premiere Edition,
Standard Catalog of
20th Century Edition, Covers
world coins from 1901-2000, 34th edition, 2022 pages.
Softcover. Authors:- Chester L. Krause, Clifford Mishler, Colin
R., II Bruce
Facts about coins issued from 1901 to
your hands. It provides you with current values in up to four grades, coin
facts, instant identifier and more. 45,000 photos. This catalog is about the same size of a phone book
and with a few advertisements of coin dealers and world famous mints. There
are pictures of coins and lots of them divided into countries and
territories. It can make your head spin if you are not searching for a
World Coins: Companion Volume to Standard Catalog of World Coins - 4th
edition by Colin R. Bruce II, edited by Tom
Michael & George Cuhaj. The 515 page 8 1/2" x 11" softcover catalog lists, pictures and prices thousands of
"coins", rebel issues, pretender coins, fantasy issues,
experimental Euro and Ecu coins, medieval fair coins, un-authorized coins,
bullion pieces, coins of micro-nations, pseudo-states, and unrecognized
states, as well as other odd and novelty issues. It is a fun and
interesting book and an excellent guide as to what has been issued. This
book is published by kp publication. There also exists another variant of
the same book without kp publication logo on the cover, with different
coins displayed on the front cover.
Standard Catalog of World Coins, 19th
Century Edition 1801-1900 - 4th edition. Authors:- Chester L. Krause, Clifford Mishler, Colin
R., II Bruce
With today's, technology, the Krause catalog could
have better images for many coins. It could also have at least five basic
grading and prices for each coin instead of three or four. But all in all,
it is still the best and most complete catalog in the market. It is the
reference of choice for every numismatic and professional coin collectors.
1,200+ pages. 27,500 photos.
Catalog of World Coins, 18th Century Edition 1701-1800 - 3rd edition..
Released: November 2002. ISBN: 0873494695. Softcover. Authors:- Chester L. Krause, Clifford
R., II Bruce
This is an excellent guide for
coins collector of 18th century coins. Up to five grades of preservation.
Listings are presented in a new easy-to-use format with more descriptive
information and the denomination appearing next to each Krause-Mishler
number. 1,272 pages. 17,900+ b&w photos.
Catalog of World Coins, 17th Century Edition 1601-1700 - 3rd edition..
Released: May 2004. Softcover. Authors:- Chester L. Krause, Clifford
R., II Bruce
It contains useful
information on 17th century coins. It covers German and Spanish dominions
coins in great length and records. If you are interested in coins from 1601
to present, then you have to purchase this book along with the three above
mentioned books. It becomes a real pain, when you start looking for coins of
a particular country and have to switch books to dig out information. The
photos of big, costly and rare coins are mostly overlapped with reverse and
obverse sides, that makes it unable to read them properly. The
physical description on these coins are not maintained properly, such as weight,
silver contents and edge type/description, which makes it difficult to
compare between original and replica (duplicate) coins in this modern world. 1,366
pages. 18,500 b&w photos.
Catalog of World Gold Coins - 4th edition..
Released: February 2001. ISBN: 0873419049. Hardcover. Authors:- Chester L. Krause, Clifford
R., II Bruce
This book provides a
comprehensive information on each country issued gold, platinum and
palladium coin after 1600. I believe that private coins are not covered.
For all the listed coins, the mintage number, dimensions, actual weights and estimated
value are provided up to four grades of condition. Solidly researched and well illustrated. 1,104
pages. 18,000 photos.
World Coins - 10th Edition Krause Publication. Released: September 2003
8 1/2 by 11''.
831 pages. 1901-date. More than a century of circulation issues from 1901
to the time of publication in 2003.
Standard Catalog of
German Coins - 1601 - present - 2nd Edition. Krause Publication. Compiled by
N.Douglas Nico. Edited by Marian S. Moe and Fred J. Borgmann. Colin R. Bruce
II, Senior Editor.
Tens of thousands of fully
detailed coins, priced in up to four grades of preservation. Covers dynasty,
kingdom, and republic, within the German possessions since 1601. Contains
photos, historic maps and instant identifiers brings you the riches of the
Empire. Softcover, 448 pages, 2000+ b&w photos.
World Crowns and Talers
by Krause Publication.
ISBN: 0873412117. Authors:- Chester L. Krause, Clifford
R., II Bruce
It contains detailed date and mint listings from
1601 to the time of publication in April 1993. 1360 pages.
Note: Some of the coins listed in all the above
Krause publication catalog are identified with cross reference by numbers
assigned by R.S. Yeoman (Y#) for his Modern World coins and Current Coins of
the world. For the pre-Yeoman dated issues, the number assigned by William
D. Craig (C#) in his Coins of the World (1750-1850 period), 3rd edition,
have generally been applied. John S. Davenport's (Dav#) for his European
Crowns published by Spink & Son Ltd., London. Robert Friedberg's (FR#) for
his Gold Coins of the World or/and Coins of the British World. Major Fred
Pridmore's (P#) studies of British Colonial Coinage. W.H. Valentine's (V#)
references on the Modern copper coins of the Muhammadan States. Coins issued
under the Chinese sphere of influence are assigned numbers from E. Kann's
(K#) illustrated catalog of Chinese Coins and T.S. Hsu's (Su) work of
Size Silver Coins of the World - 3rd Edition by Davenport
Gold Coins of the World:
From Ancient Times to the Present: 7th edition. Authors: Robert Fridberg.
Released: 01 January 2003. ISBN: 0871843072. Hardcover.
contains information from ancient gold coins to year 1600. Besides a
costly book, it does not contain color pictures and approximate weight for
Greek, Roman and Byzantine gold coins.
Coins of England And the United Kingdom 2003 (latest edition) SPINK 2003.
Spink Standard Catalogue of British Coins. Hardbound, 500+ pages, 38th
Coins of Scotland,
Ireland and the Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Man and Lundy), Pre-Decimal
issues. Standard catalogue of British coin.
Hardbound, 220 pages, 2nd edition. Published in 2002. A complete revision
with new illustration and pricing of the 1984 edition published by Seaby.
The Coins of the
Indian Sultanates: Covering the Area of Present-Day India, Pakistan and
by Stan Goron,
J. P. Goenka, Michael
Robinson. Publisher: Munshirm Manoharlal Pub Pvt Ltd; 1 edition (March
9, 2001). ISBN: 8121510104.
The coinage of the
Indian Sultanates is a very important primary source for helping us
understand the political and economic history of much of what is now India,
Pakistan and Bangladesh from the beginning of the thirteenth century AD
until the seventeenth century when the last of the sultanates was absorbed
into the Mughal empire. The right of sikka, i.e., the right to strike coins,
was one of the two jurdically recognised expressions of the right of the
ruler to sovereignty, and it was a right that was jealously guarded. 564
pages with stenciled images.
The Charlton Standard
Catalog of Canadian Coins by W. K. Cross. 58th edition 2004 (spiral)
Coins of Canada 2004 by
J.A. Haxby & R.C. Willey. 22nd edition (spiral), 302 pages. Released:
Early Chinese Coinage by
Wang Yu-Chuan. 6 x 9, Hardcover, 310 pages.
Chinese Cash -
Identification and Price Guide by David Jen.
Covers 3000 years of money forms and Imperial China. Includes many newly
discovered varieties. Features nearly 2000 coin illustrations.
Chinese Cash by O.D.
Standard Catalog of Hard
Times Token 1832-1844. Enlarged Proofs of Die Evidence New Hard Time
Tokens Discoveries. Author: Russell Rulau. ISBN: 087349265X. Released:
More than 70
pages highlight recently discovered information including die linkage to
various producers, and other characteristics never before shown in a
catalog. Large, detailed photpgraphs depicts observe and reserve token
images. Price listing given in four grades of condition, reflect current
market values. Complete coverage of more than 500 known Hard Time Tokens
from 1832 to 1844. Russell Ralau has been recognized as the preeminent
cataloger of American tokens. This book takes a much earlier work by Lyman
Low with more details.
American Tokens, 2nd edition by Russell Ralau, published by Krause.
from Mexico, Central America, South America, Maverick Tokens, Token Makers
and a Glossary of Latin Terms. In short contains tokens from Mexican
border to the southern tip of South America. The catalog covers the period
of haciendas, mines, mills and docks from 1700 to 1920 for most of Latin
America, and up to 1960 for the West Indies. There are price in up to four
condition grades, with thousands of token illustrated in black and white.
More than 440 pages.
"The Official "Blue Book"
of United States Coins 2005". Authors: R.S. Yeoman,
edited by Kenneth Bressett.
The only drawback
on this book is that, it does not contain information on Proof sets,
otherwise, it completely overlooks the entire category of latest buying
price of all U.S coins. There is another book by R.S. Yeoman as "2006
Red Book", 59th edition. This book contains latest values on all U.S
coins according to official A.N.A grading standard. Fully illustrated and
easy to use.
American Coins and Prices: A guide to U.S., Canadian and Mexican Coins
by David C. Harper. 15th edition. Krause Publication. ISBN:
Contains updated market values of coins in 11
grades of condition. Covers 45,000 North American coins. Includes
chapters on basic coin collecting information. U.S. coins from
colonial time to present, Canadian coins from 1858 to present and
Mexican coins since 1701. More than 1,500 photos and
easy-to-follow descriptions and specifications featured in this ultimate
volume provide readers of all experience levels with important details for
a solid collection. In addition, collectors get information on the state
of the market, more than 45,000 listings for everything from early
American copper coins to modern mint and proof sets, new issues and state
quarters. Also featured is an error identification guide, which should
prove handy with errors enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Also contains
Hundreds of websites.
The Official Guide to
Coin Grading and Counterfeit Detectionby John W.
Dannreuther, Softcover. ISBN:
Books for reference are
CHECKLIST OF ISLAMIC COINS, 2nd edition, by Stephen Album. A listing of
Islamic coins by dynasty with rarity ratings and bibliography.
Unfortunately no pictures. Gives you a good idea of what is available
and who issued what. 151 pages, soft cover.
Catalogue of the Post-Reform
Dirhams "The Umayyad Dynasty" Spink London 2002 by Michel G. Klat.
This Catalogue covers the period following the reform of silver Dirhams
introduced by Abdel Malik bin Marwan in AH 78 or 79 until the fall of
the Umayyad Dynasty in AH 132/133 AD in much detail with
various mint names. 322 pages.
Coin Clinic -
1001 Frequently asked questions. Explores topics routine to exotic.
For the novice or experienced collector. Let Alan Herbert spare you
from expensive mistakes when buying and selling coins. 223 pages.
Official Price Guide to
World Coins - 4th edition by Hudgeons.
Whitman United States & Canada coin collector's Check list and
Record Book. Illustrated, lists all issues, complete mint records, an
invaluable collection reference. 157 pages.
The Charlton Standard
Catalog of Canadian Colonial Tokens by Charlton (spiral).
Coins. Released: Feb 1992 by Krause Publications. Authors: Colin
R., II Smith, Bruce Wayne (Contributor). ISBN: 0873411927. A standard
catalog of world coins companion listing and price guide of novel
non-circulating coins (see the latest edition of this book above).
and Currency, 2nd edition by Allen G. Berman and Alex G. Malloy. Great
general reference to ancient, medieval and modern coins and currency.
Includes information on art medals, bank checks, commemoratives, mint
sets and tokens. 256 pages.
World Silver Coin Value
Guide by Durst.
World Gold Coin Value
Guide by Durst.
It is strongly recommended that
you find as many references as you can relating to the area in which you
wish to concentrate. What follows is a partial listing of some excellent
books on the subject of ancient Roman coinage, with brief reviews of each:
Klawans, Zander H.
Handbook of Ancient Greek and Roman Coins. 1995, 288 pp. Whitman
Publishing Company, Racine, Wisconsin. Retail (as of March 1998):
$10.95. An excellent resource for beginning collectors, this book offers
great value and provides a nice overview of collecting both ancient
Roman and Greek coins. Note: this is not a price guide, but rather, a
preliminary introduction to identifying coins by portraits and
Sear, David R. Roman
Coins and their Values. Fourth revised edition,1988. 400 pp. Seaby
Publications, Ltd., London. Retail (as of March 1998): about $75.00 US.
Regarded by many as the Bible of ancient Roman coinage, this incredible
book provides a wealth of information on identifying individual coins by
inscriptions, reverse types, and provides prices (prices are in British
pounds, but what the heck - you can convert, right?) for most major
varieties of all denominations from the early days of the Republic
(c.250 BC) up until the East-West empire split (476 AD).
Seaby, H. A. Roman
Silver Coins. (volumes I - IV). Original publishing dates are as
follows: Volume I (Republic to Augustus), 1952; Volume II (Tiberius to
Commodus), 1954; Volume III (Pertinax to Balbinus and Pupenius), 1969;
and Volume IV (Gordian III to Postumus), 1971. Volume V (Carausius to
Romulus Augustus), published in 1987, was written by C. E. King. To the
best of my knowledge, all but Vol. V have been revised at least once
since their initial publishing. Values listed for coins are provided by
David Sear. For the collector who is interested in attributing silver
Roman coinage by type and (sometimes) date of mintage, this is an
excellent set of references that is well worth the investment. A recent
re-issue of this series has been a blessing for numismatists, who for
many years had to hunt down a relatively small number of available
copies, especially of Volumes I and III.
Bishop, J. David, and
Holloway, R. Ross. Wheaton College Collection of Greek and Roman Coins.
1981, 64 pp (32 pp. of text followed by 32 pp. of plates). American
Numismatic Society, New York. Contains illustrations of 450 Greek and
Roman coins, with full attributions (identification of ruler, reverse
devices, time period, inscription, etc.) for each. It is highly doubtful
that this book is still in print, but it is occasionally found as an
item for sale at numismatic auctions, and the pictures, paired with the
attributions, make this book a very good resource if you can find it.
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