The Whitman Expo in Philly is less than three weeks away! I heard a rumor that Syd Martin's new reference book on Wood's Rosa Americana Coinage will be available at the table of Charles Davis Numismatic Literature. Rumor also has it that it will be the same price as the Wood's Hibernia Book ($85 or $95 including shipping).
We ALL should have an example of a Rosa Americana coin in our collections! How much more "Colonial American" can you get than to have "Americana" in the coin's legend??? I saw Syd's copy that was rush mailed to him for the ANA Convention. Unfortunately, we were at a restaurant and I didn't have the time to spend with it that I wish I had. But this looks like the book for Rosas that will be called "The Standard Reference" for generations to come.
I'm looking forward to the book as well. Who would like to write a short review for The E-Sylum?
I contacted Ray Williams for more information. He writes:
In response to your inquiry, I have some advance information for E-Sylum
readers about the new C4 Publication "The Rosa Americana Coinage of William Wood"
by Syd Martin. I plan to purchase my copy at the Whitman Expo in a couple weeks, but I did see Syd's advance copy at the ANA Convention. It is 504 pages long, written in the same format as Syd's 2007 book on Wood's Hibernia Coinage, has an attractive dust jacket and is now the standard reference that will stand for generations.
It is well illustrated throughout, has images and diagnostics for the 123 known Rosa varieties, plus those of all the pattern coinage. All aspects of this coinage are covered, academic, scientific and numismatic. No library dedicated to early American numismatics can be without this book. I am very proud that C4 has published books for the enjoyment and education of the hobby!
As I said in the first sentence, this is advance information. A listing of the Table of Contents (four pages long) along with ordering information should be on the C4 website later this week www.colonialcoins.org
If you want to order blindly just on my recommendation, contact
P.O. Box 547
Wenham, MA 01984
Tel: (978) 468 2933
Fax: (978) 468 7893