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This book was shown to me by another coin collector so I got one for myself.It is ideal for someone who is starting to collect Roman bronze/copper coins.It gives lots of general information and details with drawings of 100's of coins,their prices in £ and $ and is easy to use.For its price it is I think the best you can get.It does not cover many rarer issues and neither could it as the different issues of Roman coins run into many thousands,as they were minted all over the then known world.CB
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on 13 June 2015
It is often said that you get what you pay for; and only the richest or most foolish people want to pay a very high price unnecessarily.

In this case, you can cover all Roman base metal and silver coins for less than £10 with Kindle, or a little more on paper (which is probably the more convenient option for these two books). Whereas the complete set of David Sear's "Roman Coins and their Values" would cost you well over £200 and take up a lot of space on your shelf ! Think about it.

Obviously there is a lot more information in Sears, but a lot of it is about individual coins which you will never own. The general information here is very good, and a range of obverses is illustrated for every emperor (etc), and also reverses for many of them. However , every priced coin specifies a reverse which has been illustrated for a coin of a previous emperor, if not a specifically new reverse illustration.

I stress that last point, because the lack of reverses has been criticised. Collectors should not overlook pages 4 to 5, which have large drawings showing clearly in detail the features of 37 common reverses, not just Victoria and Fides Militum , but also Annona and Marti Pacifero. In fact, before buying anything, you can see pages 4 to 5 of the printed edition with the "Look Inside" facility of the Kindle edition --- 37 common reverse subjects, named and in clear detail.

Despite the assumed superiority of photography, there is a lot to be said for the traditional art of drawing coins by hand, an art of which Plant must be amongst the last great exponents. In earlier editions of "Roman Coins and their Values", Sear used a combination of both methods --- in 1964, the eight pages of photographs (about 240 coins) are described as "new", but he continues to use drawings in the text, "far more numerous than in previous editions". It seems to me that if you want to choose a coin from a catalogue (or on eBay) and then buy it, a photograph is better, but if you own a coin, a drawing is a better way to identify it, and Plant's drawings are not only charming but meticulous. The feeling of depth and shine given by a photograph is of no use, but it is very valuable to read the inscription easily and to make out other details in a good drawing. Perhaps you are better off with both, but that is going to cost you a lot more than £5 . Unbeatable value !
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on 5 January 2014
I recently decided to have a go at collecting Roman coins and this book (and its partner title for silver coins) is proving to be a great investment and gives a good benchmark for identifying coins and their value. I obviously cannot warrant the accuracy of the information but results on e-bay auctions seem to suggest it is pretty good!
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on 5 December 2009
This is a handy little book to help someone with a few roman coins to roughly identity them. It concentrates on Obverses rather than Reverses to give an idea of the Emperor. The values given for the coins seem very high.
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on 24 April 2014
Good reference for identifying coins. Has clear line drawings rather than photographs which makes this perfect to read on kindle.
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on 27 May 2014
an excellent book that introduces you to the complexities of roman Coinage. very useful as a reference item . Also easy to understand and use.
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on 10 August 2014
A very basic guide but the line drawings are fine for the kindle edition which I bought.
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on 26 March 2016
good for those with good knowledge. Not for the beginner
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on 18 January 2017
Very pleased with my purchases 😊.Christopher
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on 9 June 2016
Good for anyone metal detecing to ID coins
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