Last week we discussed the new edition of the Directory of Circulating Coins published by Currency News. Pabitra Saha notes that competitors
"Krause (SCWC) and WMK are thick tomes, covering all type of fantasy and commemorative coins where the actual usable coins get lost in overload of
Our readers are familiar with the standard Catalog of World Coins 2001-Date, which I noted was just updated last year with the 13th edition for 2019.
The WMK guide is the book I asked about last week - It's published in Germany. -Editor
Regarding the German publisher, B. J. Herbison writes:
That would be the Schön catalogs. They have 20th and 21st century books like Krause, but with much more detailed information on mints and privy marks
for recent issues. I've been using Schön more as the recent Krause catalogs have gotten further behind and reduced in quality. (And even when both are
good I learn by comparing the two catalogs and my coins.)
I've never seen the Directory of Circulating Coins so I can't give any information on which has better current information.
I also use on-line sites, Numista most commonly for general use. Numista has KM numbers for most coins, Schön for many, and additional collected
information on variations. For an example see the comments section in
I contribute a little to Numista; many people spend hours updating the information.
Tom Michael of AIM - Krause Publications writes:
That would be Battenberg Gietle-Verlag. They publish a very good series of books covering time spans similar to the Standard Catalog of World Coins.
Their 21st Century edition is no longer in print, I believe, however they do publish a nice edition covering the EU:
My good friend Gerhard Schön is the author of this catalog and Gerhard also authors a 20th Century edition, a 19th Century edition and here is his
latest 18th Century edition:
Production of these catalogs is less cyclical than the SCWC's, though I do know that Gerhard is completing a new edition of the EU catalog every year.
Prior to establishing the EU catalog, the 21st Century catalog was done annually for just a few years before dropping out of sight about two years ago. It is a
tremendous task to keep up with 21st Century coin production.
Thank you. Numismatic publishing is a small world. I added an article about the new Euro coin catalog at the top of this issue. Below are images and links
to the publisher's pages for the Schön Welt Weltmünzkatalog (WMK).
For more information, or to order, see:
Weltmünzkatalog 20. Jahrhundert, 1901 - 2000
Weltmünzkatalog 21. Jahrhundert, 2001 - 2016
Thanks, everyone. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: DIRECTORY OF CIRCULATING COINS 3RD ED.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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