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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 3, January 20, 2008, Article 16

ON OVERLAPPING IMAGES IN NUMISMATIC PUBLICATIONS

Regarding last week's review of Krause Publication's 'Coins
and Currency of the Middle East', Bill Malkmus writes: "You
have touched on one of my pet peeves (of overlapping images),
which I have somehow managed to refrain from expounding upon
until the present moment.  The question here is in regard to
the matter of form overcoming practicality and usefulness,
in the name of "style" (or "cuteness").

"My special interest is in ancients, which are notable for
production irregularities, as compared with modern coinage.
Every published image (whether in print or on the web) is a
valuable resource for the study of coinage (or paper money).
In particular, the trailing-off of the design at the edges
of ancient coins is of extreme importance in the study of
production methods, as well as for judging authenticity.

"I donít know how many coin images have been published (in
The Numismatist, in particular, but also elsewhere) which
have been compromised by this practice of overlapping images
(which I believe is esteemed enough to be known in the trade
as "eclipsing").  If anyone can convince publishers that
this practice is destructive of valuable information, that
person will receive my eternal blessing."

 REVIEW: COINS & CURRRENCY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
 esylum_v11n02a04.html

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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