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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 51, December 17, 2006, Article 4

WHITMAN PUBLISHES GOLDBERGS' MONEY OF THE WORLD

Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing writes: "Money of the World will
be the largest Whitman book of recent years to focus on ancient and
world coins. Personally, as a world coin collector, I found it a lot
of fun to work on. The coin images that illustrate the book are
amazing!"  Dennis forwarded a copy of the press release for the
new book:

"Whitman Publishing will release a book in 2007 that illustrates
how coins were shaped by the development of Western Civilization—
and how they sometimes helped shape it in turn. 'Money of the World:
Coins That Made History' (320 pgs, hardcover, color; $49.95) will
debut in January at the New York International Numismatic Convention
and will be available nationwide in February.

“The inspiration for this book began more than 40 years ago,” said
coeditor Ira Goldberg, of Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles.
“I was fascinated by the relationship of coinage to money and the
historical importance of the role coins played.”

When a client offered Ira and his cousin Larry Goldberg the chance
to build an unprecedented world-coin collection, they took on the
project with gusto. “For us as coin dealers,” said Larry, “this was
both a dream come true and an unparalleled adventure.”

The Millennia Collection, illustrated throughout the book, tells
the history of Western Civilization through significant coins of the
realm. Each coin had to meet certain criteria before it could be
added to the collection:

1. It must have been struck for commerce
  (not as a pattern or commemorative).
2. It had to capture both the beauty and the art of the period.
3. It had to be the largest circulating size or denomination;
   therefore, dollars, talers, and gold are frequently showcased.
4. It had to be of superb quality, not just “the best you can get.”
5. Above all, the coin had to have a story to tell."

[The book's editors are Ira and Larry Goldberg.  The authors are
Richard G. Doty, senior curator of numismatics at the Smithsonian
Institution, Robert Wilson Hoge, a curator at the American Numismatic
Society in New York, Ana Lonngi de Vagi, a researcher of Latin
American history and coinage, Bruce Lorich, Michael J. Shubin and
David L. Vagi.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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