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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 51, December 19, 1999, Article 3

INFO ON SOUTH AFRICAN COINAGE BOOK SOUGHT  

   Geoffrey T. Ahlers would like information about a book he owns 
   titled: "Ken Jacobs' Coins of South Africa", by Ken Jacobs and 
   Eli Levine.   It has 176 pages and was published in Cape Town 
   by the South African Gold Coin Exchange.  

   "Since the volume I have is 1 of 1000 copies, a limited edition - 
   was there a regular edition created?  It seems hard to believe that 
   they went through all the effort only to have such a small quantity 
   printed.  Also the author, in his introduction, describes his own 
   frustration with the inadequacy of other texts to properly catalog 
   the South African coins.  He says he created the catalog to be the 
   definitive text on South African coins. Is it? Or is there another of  

   preference (which could explain the obscurity of this volume)."  

   As for the print run, 1,000 copies is not an unusually small amount 
   for a numismatic book.   As for the other questions, perhaps one 
   of our readers can help.  Mr. Ahlers can be reached via email at 
   ahlersgt@email.uc.edu 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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