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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful primer, 4 Sep 2012
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This review is from: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Coin Collecting: How to Start and Build a Great Collection - The Complete Companion to World Coins from Antiquity to the Present Day, Including 750 Colour Photographs (Paperback)
This book provides a good introduction to coins and coin collecting. It is bright and colourful with plenty of photo illustrations. Each 'topic' is covered over 2 page sides making it relatively easy to read in pieces. The first portion of the book deals with the history of coinage in general and how it developed in different regions. The second portion deals with methods and materials in the making of coins. This is followed by a guide to coin collecting (numismatics) - origins, grading, caring and different themes. The remainder of the book - and about 50% of total pages - is devoted to a 'world directory of coins', a brief description of the historical and current coins from various countries and regions of the world. There is no information about the values of the coins - if this is what is wanted then this is not book for you. All in all a pleasant book to page through but not for more than a fiver.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 7 Sep 2013
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This review is from: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Coin Collecting: How to Start and Build a Great Collection - The Complete Companion to World Coins from Antiquity to the Present Day, Including 750 Colour Photographs (Paperback)
Lots of information and photos my ten year old son. He loved it. A great start to help him begin collecting coins.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great numismatic overview, 2 Jan 2013
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This book does what it says on the tin - it covers the complete spectrum of coin collecting from the ancient to the modern; everyday to once in a lifetime rarities and enormous stone 'coins' to the tiny gold coins we have so highly prized for centuries. It doesn't perhaps go into quite as much depth as I feel it could do in some areas but it is a very easy read and full of surprising information. Highly recommended to anyone with a fledgling passion for numismatics!
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