CRITIC'S CORNER: BREEN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA
ANA Museum Curator R.W. Hoge writes:
Encyclopedia is another good choice. We use it quite
frequently here in the ANA Museum. The analyses of
individual coin listings are of course very helpful, and
Breen is outstanding in providing historical context. His
footnoting and indexing are not very straightforward,
however, and even after all these years I find the
inclusion of the coin photos AFTER their descriptions
a bit disconcerting. The book is much more fragile, in
terms of its binding, than it would at first appear, and I
urge users to handle it carefully. (At least it's not as bad
as Mitchiner's ORIENTAL COINS AND THEIR
VALUES series, for example, to cite another example
of an important and popular work with this kind of
In response to D.Wayne Johnson's question about
Breen's secret code, George Kolbe says:
"By the way, I
have the answer: 297B = bumptious!" Actually, I was
thinking 297B = "mendacious" ...
Wayne Homren, Editor
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