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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 8, February 24, 2008, Article 15

SCOTT SEMANS ON WHITMAN'S CATALOG OF MODERN WORLD COINS, 14TH EDITION

Scott Semans writes: "I recently got my contributor's copy
of the "Brownbook,", 'A Catalog of Modern World Coins' by
R. S. Yeoman (Whitman Publishing). The E-Sylum published
Whitman's promotional copy and a review by James Higby.
Neither piece mentions one very useful feature of this 14th
edition: the inclusion of KM numbers from the rival Krause/
F&W "Standard Catalog" series.  These are given in a second
column after the Y number, providing a complete concordance
up to 1964.

"Yeoman's Brownbook was my first love among numismatic books,
and I still prefer its clear formatting, chronological listings,
and logical numbering system over the Standard catalog of
World Coins approach.  I've always assumed that the infelicities
in the SCWC format represented second-best choices made to
avoid copyright problems or to appear distinctive from the
Whitman series.  There is no quicker way to get a clear sense
of a nation's coinage, or to look up basic information on a
particular coin, than the Brownbook, and with the ubiquitous
KM numbers cross-referenced, it's even easier."

 NEW BOOK: 'A CATALOG OF MODERN WORLD COINS, 18501964', 14TH EDITION
 esylum_v11n06a03.html

 REVIEW: 'A CATALOG OF MODERN WORLD COINS, 18501964', 14TH EDITION
 esylum_v11n07a07.html

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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