Jon Radel alerted me to the existence of this 2017 book on FAO coins - these were organized by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and issued by 119 countries.
Thanks. It's available on eBay, but I'm not sure if there are other outlets carrying it. Here's the description from the author's listing; he's selling them
All in color, high quality pictures - new edition revised and up to dated of the FAO coins catalogue minted by 119 nations for the fao, arranged by nation,year, metal,
mintage,types, variants and patterns since 1968. It includes an evaluation of the market value of every single coin (total: over 1750) in three degrees of maintenance. This one is
a specialized FAO coins catalogue - pages 394 (20 pages more of the last edition) all in colour including panels, albums and proof commemorative sets; a4 size, hand luxury
resistent binding, around 1700 pictures, obverse and reverse, diameter, size, quantity, mint town, rarity grade and actually market value. For each nation, coat of arms, flag,
geographical location-demographic and historical facts and informations about the activity that the FAO has initiated in these countries both before and during FAO coins plan
period. It is a must in the numismatic thematic modern coins catalogue. Limited edition.
The weight is 1,5 Kilo
Shipping cost in registered: to Europe 32,00 US dollars- TO USA and others nations 39,00 US dollars (I pay more).
For more information, or to order, see:
FAO COINS INTERNATIONAL CATALOG - LAST EDITION FULL
COLOR + 6 F.A.O. COINS GIFT (https://www.ebay.com/itm/FAO-COINS-INTERNATIONAL-CATALOG-LAST-EDITION-FULL-COLOR-6-F-A-O-COINS-GIFT-/123099690520)
As is the case in writing most any catalog of modern world coins, you have to contend with all, or at least most, of the coins in your catalog already being widely published in
the Standard Catalog of World Coins (SCWC). So how does Attilio Armiento add value beyond that? With higher quality photos. With entire types, or variants, which aren't
mentioned in SCWC (I've not actually independently confirmed this--but the author carefully cross-references KM numbers and notes which coins aren't listed). With some
additional information on mints, mint marks, and rarity in the retail marketplace. And, probably of greatest value, by producing a very attractive catalog focused on a single,
international series of coins which, despite being fairly widely collected best I can tell, really has no other current, comprehensive catalog.
Of even greater interest to me personally, is the chapter of the catalog after all the individual coins are listed: A comprehensive listing, complete with useful photographs,
of the various display panels and albums that the FAO sold to house the coins. While not really a dark secret, until I found this catalog, I was having trouble tracking down a
comprehensive listing of the various items.
I will note that, while there is some background information on the program and history of the FAO, this is almost exclusively a catalog, in the sense of a listing of items,
only. I would have appreciated more information on the genesis and progress of the now-ended program. Information on the marketing material and advertising used by the FAO would
have added interesting information on the approach of the FAO in marketing to collectors starting in 1968 (assuming that even started at the very beginning...something else
I'm curious about). A bit of information on the ephemera associated with the sales of albums would be interesting. For example, I know that at least the early albums came with
printed sheets with information on the individual coins, but those don't appear to be mentioned anywhere in this book.
I've already asked the author if he knows of any catalog of the multiple series of medals that the FAO has issued over the years. He said that's he's working on
that collection; I hope it eventually results in a catalog of this quality. I'd certainly buy a copy.
Thanks Jon, for the great review. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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