Ken Berger submitted this review of the new edition of Earl Honeycutt's book on Philippine tokens and medals. Thanks!
Philippine Medals & Tokens 1780-2020, 3rd Edition
Book Review by Dr. Kenneth J.E. Berger
The other day I received in the mail Dr. Earl D. Honeycutt's newest edition (3 rd ) of his book,
Philippine Medals & Tokens 1780-2020. I can honestly say that I am greatly impressed.
The first thing I immediately noticed was that this edition, unlike the first two, is not spiral
bound. Instead, this edition uses what is known as perfect (or paperback) binding. This alone is a
vast improvement. Having used his previous editions, I can state that although spiral bound
books can lie flat, they do not hold up to extensive use and the covers and pages eventually come
loose and separate. Complementing this improved binding is a well-designed glossy cover in full
The biggest improvement, however, is that the pictures of all the medals and tokens are not only
much clearer but are in full color! Depicting them in color allows the reader to better appreciate
the beauty of many of these medals/tokens. The only further improvement would be to include
pictures of the reverses unless they are blank.
This edition has a total of 1882 entries which is 330 more entries than the 2nd edition for an
increase of twenty-one percent. Compare this to Aldo Basso's 2nd edition which only numbered
approximately 195 entries. Without a doubt, Dr. Honeycutt has become the pre-eminent authority
on Philippine medals and tokens For example, although Basso numbers are still being used
today, they are rapidly being replaced by Honeycutt numbers.
As with his previous editions, Dr. Honeycutt has once again included estimated values for each
of the medals/tokens. How he has been able to accomplish such a feat is nothing short of
amazing, especially since very few of them are regularly found for sale or in auctions.
Of course, any work of this magnitude cannot be expected to be perfect and a few formatting and
grammatical errors have been found. However, they are so minor that they might not even be
noticed by the average reader and, in no way, detract from the quality of the book.
Even if you only collect Philippine coins and/or banknotes, this book will make a nice addition
to your library. It would also be of interest to medal and token collectors in general and to
historians who have an interest in the Philippines.
The book is available from the author for U.S. $60.00 plus $4.00 P&S within the U.S. The author
may be contacted at: Dr. Earl D. Honeycutt, 226 Edgewater Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-4418
or via email:
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: PHILIPPINE MEDALS AND TOKENS, 3RD ED.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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