- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: Laurion Press; 1st edition (December 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1878420062
- ISBN-13: 978-1878420060
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,858,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Handbook of Roman Imperial Coins: A Complete Guide to the History, Types and Values of Roman Imperial Coinage Paperback – December, 1991
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The book is divided into 2 sections, the first 58 pages are introductory material including a general introduction, denominations, how the coins were used, design types, a lexicon of common inscriptions, a dating guide and a grading and value guide. The grading guide is very helpful but the value guide is separated into "value bands" which is just 6 levels of rarity. In other words, unlike the works of David Sear who gave almost every coin in his guides a monetary value rated according to British Pounds ( £ ) and later American Dollars ( $ ) as well in his latest work, each coin is rated to be a VB1, VB2, etc., up to VB6. The higher the value band is, the more rare and expensive the coin is supposed to be.
The 2nd part is a chronological guide that gives a short history of each emperor and his family where applicable and some times other notes, such as on mints. That is followed by a list of normal obverse legends which are abbreviated as ol/1, ol/2, etc. Next the coins are listed in the order of them being gold, silver, then bronze or base metals. Shared portraits and posthumous issues and family members are put at the end of each ruler. All coins are described individually by reverse type with a quick "ol/1, ol/2, etc. included somewhere in the body of the paragraph of the of the reverse description to inform the user which obverse type it is matched with.Read more ›
The actual guide to coin types is very well laid out and easily used by the novice (like me). It gives a vast range of coin types and seem to be very comprehensive. My guess is that you will struggle to find many significant coins not mentioned. It also covers the full historical timeline that most collectors would find interesting. The guide is content-rich and is 'educational' in itself.
Overall, I thought this was money very well spent. I have the paperback version which seems robust and well produced. I expect to be using this a lot. I would recommend this to anybody just getting into Roman coins or already involved in the hobby who has missed this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great, lots of basic info on coins and emperors, good for a collector.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent and informative book , its quite exhaustive and full of useful points about Roman Coins.Published on September 22, 2010 by NK
The item was delivered in a timely manner. The condition of the used book was excellent-It looked like it had not been used at all. Good overall shopping experience!Published on January 7, 2010 by R. Gregory
Roman Imperial Coins or RIC brings clarity to the often overwhelming study of Ancient roman coins. In one volume, it offers a broad overview that is essential to the beginning... Read morePublished on August 29, 2009 by Nancy L.