ENGLISH-LANGUAGE BOOKS ON ORIENTAL COINS
George Kolbe writes:
"Another interesting and informative
big E. Some "off the top of my head" opinions about Mike
1. [Ramsden] Most of Ramsden's monographs are uncommon.
The mother lode, and the source of many of them, is
"The Philatelic and Numismatic Journal of Japan" (or
something similar), where many of his numismatic
contributions first appeared. I believe it ceased
publication upon his death.
2. [Munro] Not a rare book. Guess on original printing:
1000 or so copies.
3. [Schjoth] Ditto.
4. [Polder] I believe I've had this a few times as an
extract from the publication in which it originally
appeared. I do not recall offhand whether it was
5. [Kann] Ditto no. 2.
6. [Toda] I recall having the original once or twice
but I would guess it is truly a rare work. There is
some sort of a reprint I believe.
A Bowker bibliography (if your interest is limited to
English publications) or a Coole bibliography (it
incorporates Bowker and oh so much more) should provide
Howard A. Daniel III of Deltaville, VA writes:
response to Mike Jones' request for information on the
scarcity of several references about East Asian coins.
Number 6 on his list is Toda on Annamese. I have an
original edition of the society's journal with Toda's
article about Vietnamese cash-style coins. I made the
high bid in a book auction about 20+ years ago and have
not seen another original since that time. But copies
of Toda have been printed by several dealers for
collectors to use and I believe Scott Semans probably
has one of these copies for sale."
Joe Boling writes:
"I have never found Van de Polder in
the marketplace; my Xerox copy is from the University of
Washington library, c1971.
Ramsden’s Numismatic and Philatelic Journal of Japan was
reprinted in its entirety (four volumes bound in two) in
the ’80s. I've never seen another copy of the reprint
besides mine. I have the odd reprint of various other
Ramsden works as well, and some original booklets/folders
of hansatsu sold by Jun Kobayagawa, Ramsden’s business
partner in Yokohama (either Ramsden’s son-in-law or
brother-in-law, I can never remember which).
The original Munro appears every couple of years in
auctions, and the 1962 reprint about once a year.
Original Todas appear every few years, but that was
reprinted by Bruce Smith several years ago.
Original Kanns on Chinese coinage appear about once a
year; it was also reprinted. Much more scarce is the
1927(?) Kann on currency systems and exchange rates,
which has also been reprinted.
The original Schjoth appears every couple of years; I
never bought one because the Hancock edition has so
much more information in it."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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