I first reviewed World's Greatest Mint Errors by Mike Byers in the April 5, 2009 E-Sylum (v12n14). Follow the link below to see the full review, where I wrote:
The Byers book is first and foremost a picture book, but what pictures! These are indeed spectacular error coins, all wonderfully photographed. Numismatic information is not forgotten, though - each chapter has a brief but accurate description of how each type of error is created. Each photographed coin is accompanied by a paragraph of information.
My review was based on an electronic copy of the text sent to me by Jessica Mullenfeld of Zyrus Press. I wrote:
The coin images look great on my computer screen, but I'll be curious to see how actually they look in print. As we've seen with other recently published coin books, the quality of the actual printed images can vary a great deal.
Well, a review copy of the printed book arrived a couple weeks ago, and I can report that the images look good in print as well. Printed on sturdy glossy paper, the book is coffee-table sized, something that wasn't readily apparent from the electronic copy. Could the images be improved? Perhaps, although I'm no expert in coin photography. Maybe I was spoiled by the online images, which glow brightly on a computer screen. Reader opinions are welcome.
I added the book to the error shelf in my library and I'll stand my earlier remarks:
In summary, I enjoyed Byers' book and think both casual and advanced numismatists will enjoy it and learn a few things about errors and the minting process.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: BOOK REVIEW: WORLD'S GREATEST ERRORS BY MIKE BYERS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v12n14a03.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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