My copy of the proceedings of the 2006 American Numismatic Society Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) arrived this week. Held in New York November 11, 2006, the conference was on Newby's St. Patrick coinage. Edited by Oliver D. Hoover, the proceedings are a handsome dust-jacketed 333-page hardcover book.
Other new owners of the book commented in the Colonial Coin Yahoo group. Last Sunday (April 19th) Ray William wrote:
My copy of the St Patrick's COAC arrived here in New Jersey on Thursday - I can't wait for free time to spend with it. For those unaware, it is an ANS publication and Oliver is the editor. I love the dust jacket - a copy of a contemporary (1680s) document.
Editor Oliver Hoover replied:
If you like the jacket there are two people who deserve the credit: Roger Siboni for providing really great images of the original Newby documents (all of them are illustrated in an appendix to his article in the COAC) and Muserref Yetim, who came up with the design.
By the way, as of Friday I understand that about half of the small print run (200 copies) for this COAC has already been sold. Interested parties can order it at http://www.numismatics.org/ Publications/BooksForPurchase (you have to scroll down a bit). I think there is still a special discounted price available.
COAC proceedings are always top-notch affairs, but the ANS has outdone themselves with this latest effort. The level of scholarship is high, and each paper is well documented with references and footnotes. The illustrations are very good, and the book was printed (in China) on a high-quality glossy paper. Given the small print run I would recommend that anyone intending to acquire a copy for their library order one ASAP.
The papers include:
- Philip L. Mossman, The Denominations of the St. Patrick Coinages
- Oliver D. Hoover, Ye King and I: King David and King Charles II on the St. Patrick Coinage
- William Nipper, Old and New Takes on the St. Patrick's coinage
- Brian J. Danforth, Ormond and Blondeau: In Search of an Irish Coinage
- Louis E. Jordon, Coinage in the English Colonies of America to 1660
- Roger S. Siboni amd Vicken Yegparian, Mark Newby and his St. Patrick Halfpence
- Robert Wilson Hoge, Appendix: St. Patrick Coinage in the Collection of the American Numismatic Society
To read the earlier E-Sylum article on the book, see: NEW BOOKS: ANS COAC: NEWBY’S ST. PATRICK COINAGE (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v12n06a06.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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