on 5 April 1999
A well written, comprehensive guide to those beginning a collection of roman coins. Includes a lot of useful background information and makes identification through reverse types and through obverse legends an easy task. Two drawbacks, though: a. of many types there are no foto's. b. collectors of greek imperial and byzantine coins will have to make do with other publications.
on 23 November 2002
As a new come collector to Roman coins, I found this second volume of David Sear's collection very usefull indeed.
The desciptions of the coins is concise and the many pictures aid identifying the coins.
The cost, at present, may seem alot, bt for the price of a fine coin you get a book that will allow you to place exactly the coins you have in your collection.
on 10 April 2011
Spink Are Still Reprinting This 1988 Revised Edition, Almost
However, It Is Not Likely To Be Revised Again, Because It Has Been
Surpassed By Spinks New Style R.C.V, Which Started In The Year
2000, And Is Now Up To Volume Four. Diocletian To Constantine.
So Why Should We Be Buying This Old Single Volume.
For The Advanced Collector, It Still Gives a Quick Reference, And
Can Save Time Wading Through a Bookshelf of More Up To Date Books.
Secondly, It Is Laid Out In a More Simple Format. Coin Issues Can
Be Found "Under The Name Of" The Emperor Named On The Coin, And Not
Under The Name Of The Emperor Who Issued It As a "Commemorative".
It Makes Life More Simple.
For The Beginner It Is a Simple, Easy To Follow, Single Volume Guide.
Crammed Full With All You Will Need To Know About Roman Coins.
It Is a Good Solid Hardback Book That You Will Want To Keep Forever,
Even When You Update To a Later Series.
The Price Of Around £30 (New) Is The Best Value You Will Get For a
Guide Of This Quality.
Remember The Valuations Will Be Out Of Date, But The Information
Contained Is a Goldmine. There Is So Much Crammed Into This One Book.
on 13 May 2011
This much awaited volume did not disappoint. It lets one assign and reassign what one might already have to a much more satisfactory extent. It gives an easy route into the specialisation of Roman coin identification for the newcomer and incorporates recent scholarly work into the body of the text without damaging all that has gone before, gratifying the more experienced. I eagerly await the publication of volume 5 so that I can complete the cataloguing of my collection, without having to purchase a full set of those texts only available at huge expense or in the leading libraries of the land.
on 24 December 2012
Excellent introductions, plenty of coin detail and I find it easier to find the way around than I did in volume 1. It is a pity it is not reprinted with updated values from time to time: the prices are very out of date and useful more to suggest relative values between one coin and another rather than actual coin values, but otherwise an interesting a useful volume.