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Ancient Coin Collecting (v. I) Hardcover – July 1, 2003


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During the course of his career, Wayne G. Sayles founded The Celator, the respected journal devoted to ancient coins, where he served for many years as the editor and publisher. In addition to writing more than 40 articles on ancient coins, he authored all six volumes in the Ancient Coin Collecting book series.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; 2 edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873495152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873495158
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wayne Gerald Sayles was born on March 8, 1943 at Waukesha, Wisconsin. After retiring from the USAF in 1982, Wayne earned a Masters degree in Art History at the University of Wisconsin. In 1987 he founded The Celator -- a monthly journal about ancient coins (still the premier periodical in its field today). He co-authored Turkoman Figural Bronze Coins and Their Iconography (2 vols.) with William F. Spengler; wrote the six volume series Ancient Coin Collecting (3 are in expanded 2nd ed.); the monograph Classical Deception; and the exhibition catalogue of the Ned H. and Gloria A. Griner Greek and Roman Coin Collection at Ball State University. He wrote the "Coin Collecting" article for Encyclopaedia Britannica and most recently the biography of William Edward Cramsie titled First to Fall. Wayne has also published several titles by other authors under his own banner of "Clio's Cabinet". He is a Life Fellow of the American Numismatic Society; Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society (London, England); Life Member of the Hellenic Numismatic Society (Athens, Greece); Life Member of the American Israel Numismatic Society; member of the American Numismatic Association and the Numismatic Literary Guild, and an honorary member of several coin clubs in various states. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild and was honored by that organization's Board of Directors in 2006 with a special award for "Exceptional Contributions to Ancient Numismatics." Wayne has lectured extensively at national conventions, symposia, seminars and club meetings, written more than 200 articles about ancient coinage, and has been honored with numerous Numismatic Literary Guild awards. He has on six occasions presented testimony before the U.S. State Department's Cultural Property Advisory Committee in Washington, DC. He continues to write a monthly column in The Celator and maintains two personal blogs on the internet. He is a recipient of the prestigious "Numismatic Ambassador" award from Krause Publications, and was selected by KP in 2007 as one of the 55 "Most Intriguing People in Numismatics". He is a recipient of the American Numismatic Association President's Award and Glenn Smedley Memorial Award. He has been a biographee in Marquis, Who's Who in America and in Who's Who in the World, since 2006.

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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By JAMES M. MCGARIGLE on January 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In about 200 pages with over 200 photos in 10 chapters and 6 appendixes, Wayne Sayles masterfully brings together in his own unique and engaging style a wonder ful introduction to the ancient coin collecting hobby. The writer is the former publisher of the most popular magazine dedicated to the hobby of collecting ancient coins is written from the vantage point of an enthusiastic collector who knows.
The first chapter is a general history, the second forms the core of the 6 volume series - it outlines the Greeks, Romans, Roman Provincial, Romaioi ( Byzantine ) and Non-Classical cultures who made the coins that are part and parcel to the ancient coin hobby. The third speaks to the Antiquarian tradition, the fourth and fifth are sort of "news you can use" about clubs, shows, the market and the emerging internet's role in this hobby as well as other topics. Chapter six is about coin literature which is this author's strong suit as a former numismatic publisher and it lists by specialty a good bibliography of books to buy that are the standard references for that section.
The seventh chapter goes into great detail about identifying ancient coins and is copiusly illustrated and chock full of easy to read tables, charts and lists that are in eye friendly fonts, some books make you squint but not this one.
The eighth chapter chapter is more of the "news you can use" sort of info, it is focused on how to collect. Mr. Sayles shows some ways to collect thematically and tackles cleaning, slabbing, grading and authentication. The ninth chapter talks about aesthetics - the coin as a work of art.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Edward Alexander Gerster VINE VOICE on June 27, 2000
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A few months ago I renewed a childhood hobby of collecting ancient coins. I have a strong background in history, yet my numismatic knowledge was lacking. I scanned dozens of volumes on the subject at libraries and bookstores but most were either too specialized, or too brief. Then I happily purchased this book from Amazon, and within a few days I found myself not only educated but highly entertained.
One of the best features of this volume is that it is filled with references and a glossary. The bibliographic information alone is worth twice the price. Also included is a chart of the Roman Emperors which I have found to be indispensible. Highly recommended, and guaranteed to be addictive.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Frank Tao on August 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a collector over 30 years on Chinese and modern world coins, it's an adventoure for me to probe a totally different field of coin collecting - the western world ancient coins. What I need most is something to show me the way, to give me an outline, to guide me to the right direction, as well as to keep me interested at the unfamiliar new world.
This book serves my needs exactly as it starts with very basic but substantial introduction to the ancient western cultures which are not familiarized by an oriental like me. Then there are good references provided, among them I appreciated most the last part of Chapter II, "Ancient Coins and the Internet", and also Chapter VI, "Numismatic Literature". Those information show a beginner to a broader view and an easier access in continuing his collection interest.
I would say the most fancinating part of this book is surely Chapter VII, "Identifying Ancient Coins". It's systematically arranged thus I can get a clear picture of different categories of ancient coins, together with fundamental history background of the coin issuers. That is, indeed, far more interesting than just reading a coin catalogue.
For anyone who intends to start ancient coin collecting, this is the book to start with.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1997
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Ancient Coin Collecting (1996) by noted numismatist Wayne G. Sayles is a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the often passionate and rewarding hobby of collecting ancient coins. The discount price offered by Amazon.com makes this book a must buy for anyone contemplating the purchase and study of ancient coins as art and as a hobby. Basic information such as numismatic terms and their definitions, and the processes involved in how coins were made, is followed by descriptions of several ancient cultures and the coins commonly attributed to them. The author then spends considerable time to outline where to find ancient coins, how to buy them, what to avoid when considering a coin for purchase and lists numerous sources throughout the text for learning more about them. There is a very useful section on attribution, determination of authenticity, and finally, tips on beginning organized collections that will increase both in monetary and asthetic value with each addition. Although this book is titled volume I and five other texts are apparently to follow, Ancient Coin Collecting stands on its own and may be the only book of its kind necessary to spark a prolonged interest in this fascinating hobby and for some a lifelong pursuit and passion.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Bobbitt on August 28, 2001
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This is an excellent book that I wish I had found years ago. Mr. Sayles is an acknowledged expert in the field of ancient coins and writes in a style that is understandable and informative. The author does not assume that you know anything, about ancient coins, or the civilizations that minted them or even collecting coins at all. Therefore, the book is full of history, minting techniques, places to find coins, identification methods, and how to collect. Every area includes bibliographies that gives you a starting point to go more in depth in your research. It's exactly what an introduction should be. There are only two things I would have changed. The pictures are in black and white, with none in color (except for the cover). A few pages of color pictures would have been greatly appreciated. And secondly, there is a suggested list, of easily available and reasonably priced coins to begin a collection, of Constantine the Great. I only wish two or three similar lists had been included for other areas and times. Taken all together, it can only be said that, this book is EXCELLENT and highly recommended. It is also the first of six books, the other five specializing in different areas and times. I'm looking forward to reading them all.
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