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The E-Sylum: Volume 21, Number 24, June 17, 2018, Article 5


The International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) has announced winners of their book prize for 2018. Peter Preston-Morley provided this announcement. Congratulations to the winners and all entrants alike - publishing a numismatic book is a singular achievement requiring months or years of effort. -Editor

IAPN logo The Prize is awarded annually to the book voted by members of the IAPN as the most deserving, not necessarily from a commercial standpoint. Voting takes place at the IAPN’s General Assembly, which this year took place in Prague in early May. The Prize was first awarded in 1982, when it was won by the late Dr Martin Price. Since then other winners have included Philip Grierson, Mark Blackburn, Robert van Arsdell, Robert Friedberg, Sabine Bourgey, David Vagi, Harrington Manville, Christian Dekesel, Sylvia Hurter, Italo Vecchi and Hugo Vanhoudt.

There was an unprecedented total of 22 volumes up for consideration for this year's Prize, the 37th to have been contested. This is not just a testament to the importance of numismatic publishing, especially in the niche areas of numismatics, but demonstrates that 2017 will go down as a stellar year for serious numismatic publications of all kinds. The 22 volumes were published on every continent except Africa and Australasia.

The winner was a British scholar, Paul Stevens, for his The Coins of the English East India Company. Presidency Series. A Catalogue and Pricelist, published by Spink. Placed second was Sanjeev Kumar's Treasures of the Gupta Empire, and third in the overall rankings came Adolfo Modesti and Mario Traina’s volume, Le Medaglie e le Monete che hanno fatto l’Italia (1846-1871).

IAPN book award medal The Prize itself, a cash award of 1,000 Swiss Frs, a winner’s medal and a framed certificate, will be presented to Mr Stevens at a ceremony in London on 27 September.

Nominations for the 2019 Book Prize, to be decided at the next General Assembly in Carefree, AZ, in May 2019, are now being considered. To be eligible a book has to have been published during the calendar year 2018.

Here is the full list of nominees for the 2018 IAPN Book Prize. Some great titles here, including many I don't believe we've discussed here before. Reviews and opinion welcome! -Editor

ABRAMSON, Tony. Sceatta List. 2nd edition. Spink, London, 2017.
ISBN 978-1-907427-86-2.
Price: GBP 50. Order from

BENE, Attila. C. Radnitzky, Wiennæ. Magyar Numizmatikai Társulat, Budapest, 2016.
ISBN 978-963-446-749-6
Price: €80. Order from:

DEPEYROT, Georges. Les Monnaies Hellénistiques de Marseille (5e - 1er siècle avant J.-C. Moneta, Wetteren, Belgium, 2017.
ISBN 978-94-01384-68-4
Price: €115. Order from:

DEUTSCH, Robert. Jewish Coinage During the First Revolt Against Rome 66-73 CE. Archaeological Center Publications, Old Jaffa, Israel, 2017.
ISBN 978-965-7162-22-4
Price: US $90. Order from:

DEYELL, John S. Treasure Trade and Tradition: Post-Kidarite Coins of the Gangetic Plains and Punjab Foothills, 590-820 CE. Manohar Publishers, New Delhi, 2017.
ISBN 978-93-5098-133-7
Price: Rs 3,500. Order from:

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FAGHFOURY, Mostafa (ed). Iranian Numismatic Studies: A Volume in Honor of Stephen Album. Classical Numismatic Group, Lancaster, USA, 2017.
ISBN 978-0-9837652-2-6
Price: US $85. Order from:

GITLER, Haim, and GAMBASH, Gil (eds). Faces of Power: Roman Gold Coins from the Victor A. Adda Collection. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem/Numismatica Ars Classica NAC-AG. Zurich and London, 2017.
ISBN 978-88-942200-1-8
Price: US $79.99. Order from:

KUMAR, Sanjeev. Treasures of the Gupta Empire. Shivlee Trust, USA, 2017.
ISBN 978-1-320998-05-5
Price: GBP 120. Order from

LE VAN, Richard K. A Numismatic History of Congo/Zaïre: 1887-1997. Numiscongo, Everett, PA, USA, 2017.
ISBN 978-0-692-81068-2
Price: US $52.95. Order from:

LORENZ, Jurgen. Die Medallions der römischen Kaiserzeit. Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany, 2017.
ISBN 978-3-86646-148-2
Price: €29.90. Order from:

MARSH, Michael A. The Gold Sovereign. Revised edition by Steve Hill. Token Publishing, Honiton, England.
ISBN 978-1-908828-36-1.
Price: GBP 35. Order from:

MODESTI, Adolfo, and TRAINA, Mario. Le Medaglie e le Monete che hanno fatto l’Italia (1846-1871). Accademia Italiana di Studi Numismatici, Rome, 2017.
No ISBN number issued
Price: €120. Order from:

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O'CONNOR, Patrick. The Coins of Queen Isabel II of Spain, Aurora Rarities, San Antonio, USA, 2017.
ISBN 978-0-9991616-0-9
Price: US $135. Order from:

OLAZAR CRISTALDO, Raúl. Historia Monetaria y Numismática del Paraguay. Servipress, Asunción, 2017. No ISBN number issued
Price: US $20. Order from:

PAOLETTI, E. 8 Reales Cobs of Potosí. 3rd edition. Emilio Paoletti, Buenos Aires, 2016.
ISBN 978-987-42-0013-6
Price: US $65. Order from:

PARDINI, Giacomo. Rinvenimenti monetali e circolazione a Pompei. Le monete dalla Regio VIII,7,1-15. Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università di Salerno, Italy, 2017.
ISBN 978-88-87744-77-4
Price: €59. Order from:

RUDILL, Rainer. Göttlicher Antinoos. Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany, 2017.
ISBN 978-3-86646-149-9
Price: €34.90. Order from:

SAVIO, Adriano. Genuine Of Fake? The Aboukir Medallions: Originals or Forgeries?. Editrice Bernardi, Trieste, 2017.
ISBN 978-88-85873-34-6 Price €25. Order from:

SILLS, John. Divided Kingdoms: The Iron Age Gold Coinage of Southern England. Chris Rudd, Aylsham, England, 2017.
ISBN 978-0-9566889-3-4
Price: GBP 95. Order from:

STEVENS, Paul. The Coins of the English East India Company. Presidency Series. A Catalogue and Pricelist. Spink, London, 2017.
ISBN 978-1-907427-69-5
Price: GBP 60. Order from

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STICKNEY, Brian. A Monetary History of Central America. American Numismatic Society, New York, 2017.
ISBN 978-0-89722-350-8
Price: US $99. Order from:

TÓTH, Csaba (editor), The Silver of Fairyland: A Transylvanian Thaler Collection in the Magyar Nemzeti Bank, Magyar Nemzeti Bank, Budapest, 2017.
ISBN 978615-5318-15-3
Price: 2,000 Forint. Order from:

YONAKA, Brad, A Variety Guide to the Fractional Pillar Coinage of Mexico City 1732-1771. Agorocu Consulting Inc, Long Beach, USA, 2017.
ISBN 978-0-9986825-0-1
Price: US $18. Order from:

For more information on the IAPN Book Prize, see:

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