Serge Pelletier forwarded the following press release for his newest book. -EditorThe first edition of “The Canadian Dictionary of Numismatics/Le dictionnaire canadien de numismatique” by Serge Pelletier, is now available from the publisher.
“Dictionaries tend to be dull recitations of definitions peppered with a few facts and examples. ‘Enjoyment’ is not a word that often comes to mind when thinking about reference books. Until now” said Doug Andrews, columnist at World Coin News after reviewing the latest book by world-renowned coin writer Serge Pelletier. “The result of more than a decade of research, this work is as meticulously documented as it is entertaining to read. Entries are crisp, informative and provide revealing insights into the collection and study of coins, tokens, and paper money” he concluded.
When asked why he prepared this work when there are already several numismatic dictionaries, glossaries and lexicons in English and French, Pelletier explained: “It is true that several works on the subject exist but I have found them wanting. First most of these numismatic dictionaries come from countries other than Canada, and despite their commendable qualities, they generally do not reflect the interests of collectors of Canadian coins and paper money. Second, the entries rarely, or briefly, include Canadian numismatics and when they do, they are often inaccurate. Finally, most cater only to the learned. This dictionary fills the gaps left by these works and is, first and foremost, destined for beginners and scholars alike – so the beginner may look up PCGS and the advanced collector specialized in paper money may look up the Vexator Canadiensis token.”
“Although the focus is on Canadian coin collecting, there is extensive coverage of American, British, and French coinage. The book is authoritative and thought provoking, and is sure to become an eagerly sought after reference for both beginning and advanced collectors, or those with everyday questions about Canadian currency and its fascinating history” said Andrews.
The book is completely bilingual (with French and English entries cross-referenced) and ably fills a void that has always existed in Canadian numismatic publishing. This all-new volume is 6” x 9” in size with 320 pages, 40 of which are colour plates. It is available in two formats: hardbound @ $90 post-paid (ISBN 978-0-9808944-1-7) with an initial run of 25 copies; perfect bound @ $45 post-paid (ISBN 978-0-9808944-0-0) with an initial run of 500 copies. An electronic version may also be added for $15 (sold only with a printed copy). The CD-ROM contains a locked PDF copy of the dictionary. Orders may be placed with Eligi Consultants Inc., which can reached at: Box 11447, Station H, Nepean, ON K2H 7V1 CANADA, fax: +1-613-599-7630, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Canadian resident must add the applicable taxes.
Pelletier is the award-winning author of several books including A Compendium of Canadian Municipal Trade Tokens and the six-volume Standard Catalogue of Canadian Municipal Trade Tokens. He has served as President of the Association des numismates francophones du Canada and as Vice President of the Canadian Numismatic Association. He was a contributor to the Canadian Numismatic Correspondence Course, Parts One and Two, and has been published throughout the world in most of the major numismatic periodicals.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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