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Historical Greek coins: Described by G. F. Hill with thirteen plates Paperback – January 1, 1906

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Library (January 1, 1906)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0039YQIWI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JAMES M. MCGARIGLE on January 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was a good, well written book in it's time. It has a lot of precise, exacting descriptions of 100 historically important Greek coins. 100 coins are described in 170 pages of text and there are 13 pages of B&W plates in the back that illustrate them. The book does contain a fair number of references to older books that are long out of print and I'm sure collectible in their own right and the book does sort of presume the reader can read Greek alphabet characters. But it must be remembered that this book was written at the beginning of the 20th century and it had a limited and scholarly audience in mind.
All that said, this book is a nice inexpensive overview to a nice selection of 100 significant coins. The beginner may find the references to now unknown works and quotes in dead languages a bit cumbersome at the outset but may find it gratifying that there is a lot of technical info about size and weight of the coins in it. With the current concern about modern fakes, this is good information to have. This is the kind of book that proves to be more valuable in the rereading than in the initial reading as all the data sinks in and assimilates in the collector's head and begins to work like a subconscious database as time goes on.
I recommend this book to the advanced beginner or beyond who has at least a little working knowledge of the technical jargon of the hobby and who wants to go a little deeper now. What will also make this book rewarding is that Sir Hill was not afraid to think out loud in print and raises some interesting questions from time to time. Since Sir Hill did this and time has passed, it gives the reader the chance to try to play detective and answer some of Hill's questions.
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