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Monumental Coins: Building and Structures on Ancient Coinage Hardcover – 1 Sep 1999

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read ! 22 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
From beginning to end, I enjoyed reading this book.
Each chapter can be read on its own, as a series of articles on the subject, but going through them all, makes clear the wealth of information that can be gathered from the tiny masterpieces of art preserved on ancient coins. Buildings of all types are depicted on coins and on reconstructions; some history of the structures accompanies text.
Coins depicted alongside the text are hand drawn, something that was the standard on most early books. This allows the author to stress or fill in details that the actual photograph can't provide, and as they are in a larger size than the coins themselves I didn't have to struggle to notice them. Photographs at the end of the book (black and white, why not in color?) provide the feeling of the real size and appearance of what survives today.
So, if you are fond of ancient history, or numismatics, you'll find yourself at ease with this book. I ended looking for further information in both fields. It brought about for me a new awareness of coinage in the Roman world.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for collectors, historians, and architects 26 Nov. 2005
By Jorg H. Lueke - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Monumental Coins by Marvin Tameanko is a wonderful book. The subject is the depiction of buildings, bridges, and other structures on ancient Greek and Roman coins. Each of the thirty-three chapters is illustrated with numerous drawings of the coins under discussion. One hundred of the coins are also supplemented on VIII plates at the end of the book. This is truly a wonderful work, Mr. Tameanko's passion for the subject definitely shines through. If you are interested in ancient coins, ancient architecture, or history than I recommend this book. It is no longer available form the publisher but can be readily found on the internet for a fraction of the cover price. $10-$20 for a wonderful hardbound book about coins is a deal no one should pass up.
5.0 out of 5 stars He is highly respected in the Ancient Coin Field and a great benefit to the hobby 20 Oct. 2014
By delane - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I know Marvin well. He is highly respected in the Ancient Coin Field and a great benefit to the hobby. His Book, Monumental Coins has a wealth of great information on the Architectural types, rarity, meaning, and covers both Imperial and Provincial issues. Marvin illustrates the coins beautifully from hand sketches as was the tradition in the early days of the hobby but also includes photo plates of the coins. As a Collector of Architectural Roman Coins, I have not only read through volume many times but bought dozens of copies for friends and colleagues. A beautiful coffee table sized book at a very affordable price.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Monumental Coins - great book 2 Nov. 2012
By Souzana D. Steverding - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is fascinating. To see the buildings commemmorated up to 2000 years ago, on the coinage of that time - great illustrations and marvellous historical background... a real eye opener. We think we are so clever now, but what they could build all those years ago is a real eye-opener.
S. Steverding
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