Michael van den Heuvel of Denmark forwarded this note about his new book on world square coins. Thanks!
My name is Michael van den Heuvel. I am a member of the Central States Numismatic Society and I just wrote a small book about world square coins from 1900 to 2000. The book is over 80 pages and covers all 26 countries and territories that had square coins in that period. Among others Aruba, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Ceylon, Curacao, Eastern Caribbean States, Guernsey, India, Iraq and many more.
In the book there are photos of all the different types of square coins, descriptions, weight, mintage, metal composition and when possible also information about the design and designer of the coins. Also it has some new information that has not been published before in any catalogue, such as the mintage of the 25 Ghirs of Sudan. Variations for the 1966 square coins of Suriname and even coins that are not in any other catalogue such as the 5 Poisha from Bangladesh 1978.
I wrote the book not to make a profit, but because I love the research involved in the project and would like numismatic researchers have a copy of it.
It took me over a year and 38 letters to find out how many 25 Ghirsh from Sudan where possibly minted, since the national bank does not have the information, the country is more or less at war and the staff of the national mint has been changed a few times since 1987. When I finally got in contact with a person that used to work at the mint in 1987, he did not know how many they made but could tell me that they used almost all "planchets" and they were bought in the UK. Then I started to find out how many where made in the UK and exported to Sudan.
The retail price is $10 U.S. dollars + $6 U.S. postage.
However, readers of The E-Sylum can get a 30 % discount on the book as long as they write the E-Sylum code WH.
So for E-Sylum readers it would be $7 U.S. + $6 U.S. postage (total $13).
For my research I did get a small grant from the Central States Numismatic Society and it is because of this that I can offer the book at cost to numismatic libraries.
I can sell the book to libraries for 4 U.S. dollars and postage 6 U.S. dollars, total price $10 U.S. If more books are ordered the shipping price will drop a lot , due to the sick way the Danish postal service works.
The book can be ordered by sending an email to
email@example.com and can be paid via Paypal, also to firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael van den Heuvel
Jakobdannefærdsvej 5 1tv
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