ANCIENT GREEK ROMAN BYZANTINE COIN COLLECTING REFERENCE BOOKS REVIEW AND LIST


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The Necessary Books for Collectors of Ancient Coins

Coin Collecting References Books

 

 

This is a review of the best books and references online and in book form on ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins available. Having spent many years collecting and selling ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins, I have developed quite an extensive library. The links below is a culmination of being years in the field, and I hope you can appreciate that. You have access to practically all the books on numismatics and history I have on my shelves! I have paid much higher prices than the ones that are available from the competitive Amazon marketplace, for which you have easy to navigate links to save you much time. My goal is for others to develop an even greater appreciation of history and ancient numismatics through these great works (and perhaps develop an even greater base of educated patrons in ancient coinage). What is exciting about them is that they don’t just give you the coins, they also give you the historical context in which they were based. Visit my site www.TrustedCoins.com to be able to own your own ancient coins described in these reference works, or sign up to my educational and special deal email newsletter at http://ift.tt/1DjUIGC

Many books mentioned here are by David R. Sear, which you can buy directly from the author here.

Otherwise, there are links below to find them on Amazon.com.

May this special list of books on ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine numismatics and history give you an easy to use guide to building a great library, all in one easy place.


Greek Coins and Their Values (Hb) Vol 1: Europe

This is an essential reference for any collector of ancient Greek coinage – this volume is the 1st volume of a 2 volume set. This volume covers the “European” Greek coins, the 2nd volume is Asia Minor and African Greek coins. It is 356 pages long in total, 40 pages of introductory material which includes an illustrated history of Greek coinage, a showing of several different denominations, deities and helps for dating and various archaic alphabets and some more specialized books that were used in composing this handy reference. Once you get over that, take the prices as a guide as to the commoness and/or availability of a given issue. If it lists for £15 – £50, it may be a pretty affordable piece to add to your collection. If it lists in excess of £1000, I would not count it out, but you may have to save a substantial amount of money to afford it.

Overall, without spending 100s of dollars, this is the best guide you can get to attribute ancient Greek coins from Europe for your greek coin collection. It’s numbering system is the most commonly used by collectors and dealers alike. It has an easy to follow and consistent format and is copiously illustrated and documented. If you collect ancient Greek coins, it belongs on your shelf.


Greek Coins & Their Values Vol. 2: Asia and Africa

The first nearly 50 pages are necessary introductory material such as coin types, deities, denominations & weights, coin dating, a list of other detailed references upon which this work is based, ancient alphabets, a glossary of terms and a couple of conversion tables.
Following that are the actual sections which break down as such: Asia Minor – archaic; Asia Minor – Classical & Hellenistic; The East – Syria, Phoenicia, Palestine, etc; Egypt and N. Africa – Egypt, Kyrenaica, Carthage, etc; Hellenistic Monarchies – Seleukid, Ptolemaic, Macedonian, Baktrian, etc.
Not every single coin minted is pictured or listed but boy – if it’s not in this book or it’s companion Volume 1, buy it! This is a pretty thorough reference work and for what you will come across in the everyday market, this will certainly get you through most of what you will see. Anything more complete will be in a large multivolume set costing 100s, possibly 1000s of dollars so I would not pass on this waiting for something better. The one strike against this book is you must not take these prices as set in stone. They do not reflect the new reality of today’s rapid exchange of sales taking place on the internet. In addition to that, the prices are in British pounds as the author is from the UK and this will throw some American users. Once you get over that, take the prices as a guide as to the commoness and/or availability of a given issue. If it lists for £15 – £50, it may be a pretty affordable piece to add to your collection. If it lists in excess of £1000, I would not count it out, but you may have to wait til you are rich and famous to buy it!
Overall, without spending 100s of dollars, this is the best guide you can get to attribute ancient Greek coins from Asia & N.Africa for your Greek coin collection. It’s numbering system is the most commonly used by collectors and dealers alike. It has an easy to follow and consistent format and is copiously illustrated and documented. If you collect ancient Greek coins, it belongs on your shelf.


Greek Imperial Coins and Values, The Local Coinages of the Roman Empire

This book deals with the subject of Roman provincial coins. It has every emperor that issued Roman provincial coins and a list of cities. It is a bird’s eye view on the provincial topic. There are so different types, that it would be almost impossible to put every single one in the same book. It also deals with coinage of several kingdoms, such as that of Judaea, Bosporus, Elymais and more. A standard reference work that is great to have on any collector or dealer’s bookshelf.

 


Byzantine Coins and Their Values

This book is perhaps the best single volume reference on Byzantine coins currently available. It is a great guide for both the beginner and novice collectors as well as the advanced collector on a budget who doesn’t want spend a small fortune on the Dumbarton Oaks collection of Byzantine coin references.
This book is well organized and illustrated with many examples on the same page as the listing, rather than having to turn to the back of the book to view plates in order to check the picture of the coin. Coins are listed by decreasing denomination within a seperate section for each mint for every emperor. This makes it easier to identify a coin if only the mint or emperor is known. Cross references to other catalogue numbers such as those in Dumbarton Oaks are given for each listing as well.
Prices are listed in two different grades in UK pounds and are closer to real market values than Sear’s other references on ancient coins and their values.

Free online reference with the coins indexed by the numbers from this book. Best if used together with the book, and is very helpful!


Guide to Biblical Coins

Fifth edition of the bestselling reference book in the field of ancient Judaean and Biblical coins appears almost 25 years after the book’s first edition. Already more than 14,000 copies of various editions of Hendin’s Guide to Biblical Coins are in print. Hendin has fully revised and updated the fifth edition to reflect archaeological discoveries, and the work of a new generation of numismatists who specialize in this field. He has added a complete, illustrated catalog of the Judaea Capta series and a concordance to other major references.<P>Also new to the fifth edition are numerous end notes with references and incidental commentary, a full index, an index of Latin inscriptions, and extensive new research by the author which enhances understanding for both student and scholar.<P>New graphics and photo composites help explain and supplement the text, which is aimed at both collectors and scholars. Since his 1967 year-long stay in Israel as a volunteer of the Six Day War, Hendin has remained in constant touch with numismatists, historians and archaeologists around the world in order to gather information for his books and articles. Updated values by Herbert Kreindler.


A Treasury of Jewish Coins : From the Persian Period to Bar Kokhba

Originally published in Hebrew, A Treasury of Jewish Coins was awarded Israel’s literary achievement Ben Zvi Prize in 2000. This new volume replaces Meshorer’s classic Ancient Jewish Coinage (Vols. I & II) in a single book, fully expanded and updated as a new work and comprising all of the latest theories and information in this field. 80 pages of photographic plates showing top examples of each ancient Jewish coin type; hundreds of drawings and photos in the margins throughout the book, which enhance the pleasure of reading and studying these coins.


Dictionary of Greek Coin Inscriptions: English/Greek

The content of this book is of extreme value for numismatists who collect Greek coins.

The description says “English Greek” but this is true only for the preface and the “Directions for use”–limited to only 5 pages. The remainder of the book is French-Greek. For those who know French this will be no problem.

The paperback binding is an entirely different matter and potential buyers need to be forewarned that the issue published in 1979 by the publishing house, Obol International, apparently used the wrong glue. The binding of my copy was dried out and when I went to the middle of the book to look up an inscription the book cracked and immediately began to fall apart. It is barely useable in this condition. There is a hardbound version is better for use than the paperback version.

Otherwise, here we have 565 pages dedicated to deciphering ancient Greek inscriptions on coins but, more importantly, since ancient coins were often struck off-flan, not all of the inscription may be available to the examiner. This is where this book is extremely valuable because fragments of an inscription are alphabetized and even retrograde forms are also included. At the end there are two alphabetic charts giving both “Italic” and “Greek” letter forms.


Roman Silver Coins: The Republic to Augustus, Vol. 1

This book allows for the quick and accurate attribution of Republican and Imperatorial coinage, also referred to as Family and Consular coinage. The illustrations present all major designs and easy-to-follow descriptions aid in identification. Depending on the edition, the values can be somewhat out-of-date and are figured in Pounds Sterling, but a rough conversion can always be made and the differences in values reflect the rarity and desirability of each coin. Anecdotal information about the moneyers is usually provided as well, giving insight into the symbolism behind these coins. This book is still the most user-friendly, for both dealers and collectors, among the works written on Roman Republican and Imperatorial silver coinage.


Roman Silver Coins: Tiberius to Commodus, Vol. 2.

 

 


Roman Silver Coins, Volume Three: Pertinax to Balbinus & Pupienus

 

 


Roman Silver Coins vol IV

 

 


Roman Silver Coins, Vol V, Carausius to Romulus Augustus

 

 


Ancient Coin Collecting (v. I), 2nd Edition is your roadmap through the intriguing world of ancient coins. With more than 300 photos and numerous tables and charts, this new expanded 2nd Edition will provide you with the tools needed to survive this often-bewildering market. Enter the incredible world of the ancients with a basic understanding of politics, history, mythology and astrology, and their affect on the minting and design of coins. Broaden the spectrum of your collecting. Make room for ancient coins with Ancient Coin Collecting.

 


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