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The E-Sylum:  Volume 6, Number 11, March 16, 2003, Article 5

NEW BOOK:  SMALL CHANGE III

  Paul Withers writes: "Readers may like to know that a new
  book, "Small Change III" is now available.  This deals with the
  halfpennies and farthings of Henry IV, V and VI (1399 - 1461).

  We had hoped that we should have finished the book in time
  for Christmas - but for various reasons we didn't manage it,
  things kept turning up right until the very last moment and we
  also needed to track down an illustration of the Henry VI
  annulet issue farthing struck at York  - of which only one
  example is known.  We eventually traced it to a collector in
  the USA, and he, nice guy that he is, photographed it and
  sent us the negatives, along with information about several
  other interesting pieces from his collection.

  Like the two already published parts of the series, it is based
  on the collection of the late David Rogers. It has a new
  classification based on research done over the last three years,
  revising the works of Potter, Whitton and North, and even
  adding a few new types to those listed in Coins of England.

  The compilation of this work has meant that we have traveled
  far and wide : to Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow,
  Edinburgh, Llantrisant, London, Manchester, and Oxford, to
  view museum collections, some of them several times.  We've
  also been to nearly two dozen other places to view private
  collections, including some of the finest in the country.  Dealers
  and auction houses have helped too, and this time we have
  had contact, via the Internet, with collectors and dealers as far
  away as America, Australia and New Zealand, who have
  provided valuable information and or images of coins in their
  collections or stock.

  C A Whitton, back in the late 1930s recorded 133 halfpennies
  and farthings of Henry VI.  Alas, some of these we have
  found to be errors - it is very easy to make mistakes with such
  tiny coins that are struck on small flans and clipped and worn
  afterwards.  We were unable to confirm quite a few others that
  Whitton recorded, but listed in the book are no fewer than 90
  that we have seen that were not recorded by him.

  As with the last two parts, the illustrations are about 4 times
  natural size so that details can be seen as clearly as possible.
  To help the beginner, we have provided line drawings to show
  and name features, such as saltires, broken annulets, and the
  like that appear on the coins with which the new collector may
  be unfamiliar.  At the other end of the scale, for the really
  serious enthusiast, we have provided concordances with our
  book to Potter, for the coins of Henry V, and to Whitton,
  North, and Spink  for coins of Henry VI.  There are several
  that are not in the current issue of the Spink 'Coins of England',
  but will be in the next!

  The price, including postage in the UK is 12 or 23 USD
  including airmail postage to the US

  For this small price it is too good to miss, and as you are
  buying directly from the authors/publisher, all the profit goes
  back to finance further research.

  Paul Withers
  Paul@galata.co.uk

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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