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The Coin Colouring Book Paperback – 27 Oct 2017
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Great for the young and the old.
Paper quality is good too so you won't get any leaking to pages behind.
I collect coins, and I enjoy drawing with pencils, so it seemed tailor-made for me and yes, I’m enjoying it.
It’s probably a standard size, as far as colouring books go - about A4, around a quarter of an inch thick, featuring 21 different British coins, ranging from 2000 years ago to the present day.
You do, however, get more than 21 pictures to colour in, because the 15 oldest coins have a page for each side, front and back (or obverse and reverse 🤓). The 6 coins from the 20th and 21st century show the backs only, not the sides with the monarchs’ heads.
Overall, this means that you get 36 separate pictures, which works out at less than 20p per picture.
The pictures are printed on every page - ie there are no blank pages, which means that if you are using chalk, or anything else which could rub off, you’ll need to protect the facing page with an additional clean sheet of paper as a “sandwich”. Also, you’ll need to be careful not to press too hard, or you’ll make indentations on the page underneath.
It’s quite tightly bound at the edge, which is good for keeping the whole thing together, however it also means that you need to press quite hard down the middle to open it up flat enough for comfortable colouring.
The first few times, until the spine is worn in, keeping the book open can be a bit distracting.
The pages are decent quality, very smooth, and fairly thick, definitely a lot thicker than standard 80g A4 printer paper. If I was hazarding a guess, I would say it was at least 120g, possibly 130g. Not quite cardboard, but definitely heading that way. Not brilliant white, I would say there’s a very slight hint of cream, but it is almost imperceptible, and it doesn’t affect the colouring-in.
It’s great for my preferred medium (colouring pencils); easy to apply and blend, and very easy to rub out as required (which, in my case, is often 😟).
The author has obviously catered for all tastes and skill levels, with a massive variety of coin images. Some, like the Victorian crown are extremely complex, and will require patience, a very steady hand, and several hours. Others, like the Celtic stater, are very simple, and ideal for beginners, unless, of course, you want to use them as a basis to be more creative.
All-in-all, I’m happy with the variety, so far, I’ve completed 6, choosing the complexity of design to suit the time available. See pics for my interpretation of the back (reverse) of the stater.
I like this book, it’s well made, decent quality, and I’m enjoying working through it, although not in chronological order, I’m just picking out what takes my fancy when I feel like it. I hope the author is working on another one, because it’s a great concept, and I’d like to see a few more of my favourite coins in there, like some of the £2s (Shakespeare, please! 😄) and the Newton 50p.
My only wish/suggestions for next time would for it to be spiral bound, with a blank page facing each picture, to protect the completed colourings, yes, I know that could mean a bit of a price rise, but I think it would be worth it.
The coins provide a good balance of detail to keep the colouring interesting and a multitude of designs can be created.
The book is great value with quality pages and glossy cover. Makes a great gift for all ages.
The images are fab and the quality of the book is amazing.
I do recommend