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BOOK REVIEW: PRE-DECIMAL COINS AND TOKENS FROM THE ISLAND OF JERSEY
NBS Member Richard Jozefiak submitted the following review of "Some Notes and Observations Concerning the pre-decimal Coins and Tokens from the Island of Jersey" by Harold Fears. -EditorI had the pleasure of reviewing a new book, Some Notes and Observations Concerning The pre-decimal Coins and Tokens from the Island of Jersey, by Harold Fears (copyright 2008). This book is the work and study of many years on the coins and tokens of the Island of Jersey issued from 1812-1966. The book will become the standard reference for coin collectors of Island of Jersey pre-decimal coins and tokens.
The Island of Jersey is one of the Channel Islands, located off the coast of France between France and England. The Island of Jersey belongs to the British Crown. Being close to France, the money used on the island has been influenced by both French and British coinage.
Mr. Fears is an expert on Jersey coinage, and has prepared a detailed book of his research. The 321 page color book has excellent pictures, and there are pictures on most pages. The pictures are of high quality. He used 1200 psi for the scanned coins, and 2400 psi of photographs for die identification.
Coins in the book are cross-referenced with “KM “numbers (from Krause-Mishler’s Standard Catalog of World Coins) numbers and “J” numbers (from McMammon’s Currencies of the Anglo Norman Isles). There is also an extensive bibliography.
The first part of the book covers the tokens and coins issued for the Island of Jersey beginning in 1812. Tokens were issued in 1812, 1813 and 1814. Pre-decimal coins were first issued in 1841, and ended in 1966. Coins were not issued every year, but as needed for commerce on the island. The pictures of the coins are enlarged so that it is easy to see the beautiful details.
The second part of the book covers die varieties of the coins. This section is for a specialist who wants to identify the many different die varieties. Mr. Fears calls this section “Rapid Die Identifier” and provides detailed, enlarged photographs of the different die varieties and die pairings that make identification of a coin easy.
Throughout the book, there are stories of interesting facts and history of the island, coinage, Jersey banknotes, and British monarchs. It is interesting to read about why the coins were issued in a particular year, and the needs of the people on the island.
How to order book: Available only on www.Lulu.com Lulu ID number is: 2124163 Cost: $69.99 for paperback, coil binding, full-color interior, 321 pages
Wayne Homren, Editor
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