Dick Johnson submitted the following thoughts on a column by reporter Jeff Starck. -Editor Coin World's sister publication, WorldWide Coins features an article on books with world coin themes in their May 2009 issue. Ably written by Coin World staff writer Jeff Starck, it is titled The Collector's Essential Bookshelf.
Jeff notes the recent advancement of publishing technology is leading to the ease of publishing coin books currently. The internet, as well, is aiding this movement. "These are good times for the world of numismatic literature," he states.
We hope this is the first of a regular column on coin books in this publication. For this issue he describes six recent publications: Designing Change from the British Royal Mint, Coins of England from Spink, Coin Yearbook 2009 from Token Publishing, Canadian Coins from Charlton Press, The Athenian Decadrachm, from ANS, and Australian Historical Medals, published by the author, Leslie Carlisle.
There is a sidebar article by Mark Fox which lists six sources on the Internet: "Online Resources Offer Book Particulars." These include two you might expect, ANS and ANA, two by private numismatists, Jim Farr's Numismatic Bibliography and David Sears site on ancient coins.
First in the list, however, is Numibooks, which aids collectors from ancient to modern coins. Membership is required and it showcases new releases.
Best of all on the list is our own Numismatic Bibliomania Society, with a mention of both The Asylum and The E-Sylum. Thank you, Mark.
Next time you correspond with WWC Editor Beth Deisher or meet her at a convention, mention you find this a useful feature and would like to see it a regular column. Put in a good word for Jeff Starck as well. The more we publicize numismatic books the better for all.
Amen. Numismatic knowledge of all forms is good for collectors, dealers and publishers alike. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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