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05 Dec 2015

Three Books: US$350.00 and only one didn't disappoint

Library | Ian Fenn

Note: In this blog I report that only one publication actually met my expectations it is that book that is pictured( it isn't a great picture)I recall in a recent edition of the numismatists reading a suggestion that the ANA set up an academic program for numismatics. Its a long over due idea I think. I live in one of the few countries that has a university with a numismatics department. As a result many of the local coin dealers employ numismatists who have Masters degrees and PHDs in numismatics, and the locally published books are of a very high standard. My recent experience with "new" numismatic publications further re-enforces the idea that some form of academic accreditation is needed. I spent approximately US$350.00 ( rough exchange rate) on three books and only one meet my expectations.

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20 Jun 2015

Two rare books

Library | Ian Fenn

I assume it's natural that all coin collectors accumulate books relating to their collecting interest. I have a collection of books. Sometimes my small library seems huge to me, and when I can't find information I am looking for it seems barely adequate. As with coins I have a hunt list of books I want. Some references are long out of print; in one case a tatty copy of one book took me 2 years to find. Given that its publication date was 1808 2 years wasn't a surprising length of time.

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