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Ancient Coin Collecting: v. I [Hardcover]

Wayne G. Sayles
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31 Oct 2003
Numismatists, historians, and everyone interested in collecting ancient coins will be engrossed in this revised and expanded second edition. This must-have volume explores new developments in research methods, particularly with regard to the Internet and reveals many new finds in the field. The first of the six-volume ancient coin series, this second edition features expanded sections on how to collect ancient coins, determine authenticity and identify fakes. Also discusses how to determine coin values and provides an expanded pronunciation guide and expanded bibliography.

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: KP Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (31 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873495152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873495158
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,383,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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During the course of his career, Wayne G. Sayles founded The Celator, the respected journal devoted to ancient coins, where he served for many years as the editor and publisher. In addition to writing more than 40 articles on ancient coins, he authored all six volumes in the Ancient Coin Collecting book series.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to the field 16 Mar 2010
If, like me, you have picked up a few ancient coins here and there and are wondering if it is something you should develop, this book is for you. Providing an introduction to collecting ancient coins- what and where to buy, how much to pay, how to keep them looking good, and how to spot fakes - as well as a full overview of the main categories of ancient coins, this book is an invaluable resource. After reading it, coin catalogues started to make a lot more sense to me and I became better at judging what makes a coin worth buying. This book is also the first of a series, the others examining each geographical region for ancient coins in greater depth. With many coin books being extremely expensive, I recommend Ancient Coin Collecting as containing all the information a beginner will need in an easy-to-read and stimulating format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 28 May 2013
By barbara
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Very informative.Contains the information I was looking for well set out, and very helpful for the novice collector. I have bought other volumes in the same series.
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Single Volume Introduction To The Hobby 21 Jan 2001
By JAMES M. MCGARIGLE - Published on Amazon.com
In about 200 pages with over 200 photos in 10 chapters and 6 appendixes, Wayne Sayles masterfully brings together in his own unique and engaging style a wonder ful introduction to the ancient coin collecting hobby. The writer is the former publisher of the most popular magazine dedicated to the hobby of collecting ancient coins is written from the vantage point of an enthusiastic collector who knows.
The first chapter is a general history, the second forms the core of the 6 volume series - it outlines the Greeks, Romans, Roman Provincial, Romaioi ( Byzantine ) and Non-Classical cultures who made the coins that are part and parcel to the ancient coin hobby. The third speaks to the Antiquarian tradition, the fourth and fifth are sort of "news you can use" about clubs, shows, the market and the emerging internet's role in this hobby as well as other topics. Chapter six is about coin literature which is this author's strong suit as a former numismatic publisher and it lists by specialty a good bibliography of books to buy that are the standard references for that section.
The seventh chapter goes into great detail about identifying ancient coins and is copiusly illustrated and chock full of easy to read tables, charts and lists that are in eye friendly fonts, some books make you squint but not this one.
The eighth chapter chapter is more of the "news you can use" sort of info, it is focused on how to collect. Mr. Sayles shows some ways to collect thematically and tackles cleaning, slabbing, grading and authentication. The ninth chapter talks about aesthetics - the coin as a work of art. The tenth and last chapter ( one page really ) speaks to the hobby's former problem of it being a "Robinson Crusoe" hobby, the loneliness that used to be felt until the advent of the internet.
This book is full of personality and avoids the snares of some other introductory works like lengthy quotes printed in dead languages, eye reddening fine print and a lot of obtuse verbosity in general. This book could be just as easily digested by a precoscious 6th grader as it could by a seasoned classical coin lover steeped in years and experience. My only wish is that when it goes into a second edition that it include some topical index in the rear for speedy reference that more traditional reference works have. Otherwise this book is extremely well executed and it will be a long time before this book is replaced by a worthy successor. Mr. Sayles has done well by the hobby with this book.
47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Overview of Ancient Coins in Print 27 Jun 2000
By Edward Alexander Gerster - Published on Amazon.com
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A few months ago I renewed a childhood hobby of collecting ancient coins. I have a strong background in history, yet my numismatic knowledge was lacking. I scanned dozens of volumes on the subject at libraries and bookstores but most were either too specialized, or too brief. Then I happily purchased this book from Amazon, and within a few days I found myself not only educated but highly entertained.
One of the best features of this volume is that it is filled with references and a glossary. The bibliographic information alone is worth twice the price. Also included is a chart of the Roman Emperors which I have found to be indispensible. Highly recommended, and guaranteed to be addictive.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The key to a totally different world of coin collecting 30 Aug 2001
By Frank Tao - Published on Amazon.com
As a collector over 30 years on Chinese and modern world coins, it's an adventoure for me to probe a totally different field of coin collecting - the western world ancient coins. What I need most is something to show me the way, to give me an outline, to guide me to the right direction, as well as to keep me interested at the unfamiliar new world.
This book serves my needs exactly as it starts with very basic but substantial introduction to the ancient western cultures which are not familiarized by an oriental like me. Then there are good references provided, among them I appreciated most the last part of Chapter II, "Ancient Coins and the Internet", and also Chapter VI, "Numismatic Literature". Those information show a beginner to a broader view and an easier access in continuing his collection interest.
I would say the most fancinating part of this book is surely Chapter VII, "Identifying Ancient Coins". It's systematically arranged thus I can get a clear picture of different categories of ancient coins, together with fundamental history background of the coin issuers. That is, indeed, far more interesting than just reading a coin catalogue.
For anyone who intends to start ancient coin collecting, this is the book to start with.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to collecting ancient coins 29 Sep 1997
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Ancient Coin Collecting (1996) by noted numismatist Wayne G. Sayles is a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the often passionate and rewarding hobby of collecting ancient coins. The discount price offered by Amazon.com makes this book a must buy for anyone contemplating the purchase and study of ancient coins as art and as a hobby. Basic information such as numismatic terms and their definitions, and the processes involved in how coins were made, is followed by descriptions of several ancient cultures and the coins commonly attributed to them. The author then spends considerable time to outline where to find ancient coins, how to buy them, what to avoid when considering a coin for purchase and lists numerous sources throughout the text for learning more about them. There is a very useful section on attribution, determination of authenticity, and finally, tips on beginning organized collections that will increase both in monetary and asthetic value with each addition. Although this book is titled volume I and five other texts are apparently to follow, Ancient Coin Collecting stands on its own and may be the only book of its kind necessary to spark a prolonged interest in this fascinating hobby and for some a lifelong pursuit and passion.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction 29 Aug 2001
By D. Bobbitt - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent book that I wish I had found years ago. Mr. Sayles is an acknowledged expert in the field of ancient coins and writes in a style that is understandable and informative. The author does not assume that you know anything, about ancient coins, or the civilizations that minted them or even collecting coins at all. Therefore, the book is full of history, minting techniques, places to find coins, identification methods, and how to collect. Every area includes bibliographies that gives you a starting point to go more in depth in your research. It's exactly what an introduction should be. There are only two things I would have changed. The pictures are in black and white, with none in color (except for the cover). A few pages of color pictures would have been greatly appreciated. And secondly, there is a suggested list, of easily available and reasonably priced coins to begin a collection, of Constantine the Great. I only wish two or three similar lists had been included for other areas and times. Taken all together, it can only be said that, this book is EXCELLENT and highly recommended. It is also the first of six books, the other five specializing in different areas and times. I'm looking forward to reading them all.
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