If, like me, you have picked up a few ancient coins here and there and are wondering if it is something you should develop, this book is for you. Providing an introduction to collecting ancient coins- what and where to buy, how much to pay, how to keep them looking good, and how to spot fakes - as well as a full overview of the main categories of ancient coins, this book is an invaluable resource. After reading it, coin catalogues started to make a lot more sense to me and I became better at judging what makes a coin worth buying. This book is also the first of a series, the others examining each geographical region for ancient coins in greater depth. With many coin books being extremely expensive, I recommend Ancient Coin Collecting as containing all the information a beginner will need in an easy-to-read and stimulating format.
In fact I ordered one as long ago as September, and was initially told it would be available in November. It seems that it must now be available. But not for me !
Now I'm told that I will not get mine until after Christmas. Meanwhile, Amazon concentrate their efforts into sending me lots of emails recommending books I don't particularly want that they have specially selected for me.
This is an excellent book. This is the book that I have in fact selected to receive. Thank you, Amazon. I thought that if I ordered it in September it would be in time for me to get it from someone as a Christmas present. This has all been very helpful.
ACTUAL REVIEW IS SHOWN AS THE LAST COMMENT, WHEN I FINALLY GOT A COPY OF THE BOOK, NOT DIRECT FROM AMAZON
I had the Wayne Swayles Vol 111 on the Roman world . but I found it light. It's actual talk about emperors and their coins practically non-existant. I didn't pick up from that that Commodus was the first to have a "Nobilitis " reverse or that Domtian had a thing about Minerva...ie stuff like that or the interesting Gallienus reverses etc. You know coin lore... You know Julius Ceasar Elephant/sacred implements was struck ( apparently0 to pay the troops about the timw he crossed the Rubicon...but you wouldn't know thAT OR GET THE ARGUMENTS PRO OR CON FROM HIS BOOKS. I thought the Greek would be more illuminating . I didn't know anything..it wasn't really very good for anything. Very disapointing ...the guy MUST know a lot but doesn't share his knowledge in books. Very lightweight. Don't buy the books unless you are desperate.