Ralf Böpple of Stuttgart, Germany submitted this note about a new book on Mexican
numismatics. Thanks! -Editor
I would like to bring to the readers' attention a book that was presented at the US Mexican
Numismatic Association Convention in Scottsdale, AZ last week.
Allan Schein: Mexican Beauty / Belleza Mexicana - Un Peso
Salt Lake City, 2014. 238 pp., full color with hundreds of coin photos, text in English and
Mexico's Caballito ("little horse") peso was issued in five consecutive years,
from 1910 to 1914. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful coin designs of the modern
This book contains comprehensive information on the coin's designer, French medalist Charles
Pillet, its design elements and numismatic history, along with valuable information for collectors
on date and die varieties, values, grading, toned coins, counterfeits, and more.
The book is bilingual, translated to Spanish by Mexican coin specialist Roberto del Bosque.
While collecting coins from the year of birth of his father, 1914, the author Allan Schein came
across the Caballito Peso and fell in love with the issue (despite the fact that the year 1914 is
the highly priced key date of the series). Years of intensive research and study have resulted in
this ultimate collector's guide.
This is also what I personally see to be the greatest asset of this work: it is a perfect
combination of historical background for numismatists interested in Mexican coins or world crowns
in general on one side and a detailed insight into the series for the specialized collector on the
The book is available from Allan Schein at email@example.com
To read Allan's article on the coin, see:
Mexico's Caballito Peso
Wayne Homren, Editor
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