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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 7, February 13, 2000, Article 5

CRITIC'S CORNER: ANCIENT COIN REFERENCE REVIEWS  

   Robert Wilson Hoge, Curator of the numismatic collection of 
   the American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs 
   writes: "I always look forward to seeing the latest issue of  The 
   E-sylum when I come to work in the ANA Museum each 
   Monday morning.  I just wanted to mention  this and say that I 
   think Dennis Kroh's reference work on ancient coins is a very 
   good choice for reviewing from a bibliophile's point of view.  It 
   is certainly a most useful tool, and I routinely use it and cite it 
   for my students in the ANA Summer Seminar course on 
   coinages of the ancient world.  

   Henry Bergos writes: "The layout is simple and straight forward. 
   This keeps the price down and makes the book easy to use. 
   After Seaby's four volume set this is the most important book 
   on Roman coins.  With this book we have the tool build a 
   library.  Prior to his book, which I have used extensively, I 
   used my own resources. I agree with ALL his recommendations 
   and all his conclusions. When I (try to) teach numismatics this 
   book tops the list of needs."  

   Allan Davisson writes: "Ancient Coin Reference Reviews is one 
   of the few major references that sit right beside my desk. Dennis 
   Kroh's book is the best (only?) reference there is to cover and 
   evaluate ancient references in one volume. Dennis's enthusiasm is 
   only part of this publication's strength. He also solicited the help 
   of Basil Demetriadi who has the finest privately owned (if not the 
   finest PERIOD) library on ancient Greek coins in existence. Basil 
   also has a full-time librarian for his library. This is an exceptional 
   book that sold for a very small sum ($25 as I recall).  Everyone 
   should have it. We need a second edition that takes into account 
   new publications and addresses current availability."  

   Here are your editor's thoughts:  While I agree that the content of 
   the book is very useful, the layout and indexing make it very hard 
   to use for reference.   Suppose I want to look up the review on a 
   book by Kraay.  The index lists 13 page references, with no 
   indication of which page holds which title.  The only way to find 
   a specific listing is to read all thirteen pages in hopes of locating it.  

   The book's contents were originally published in serial form in 
   The Celator.  Each chapter holds up well on its own, but the 
   book's value as a reference would have been greatly increased 
   with the addition of an improved layout, numbering system, and 
   index. 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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