A Book Review of the Standard Catalog of World Coins (40th edition 1901-2000)
Published by Krause Publications
This book contains 2300 pages of most of, if not all, world coins and official sets minted between 1901 and 2000. Also included is a phenomenal description of the weight in grams, the diameter, the metal used to mint, and a description of the obverse, reverse, and edge. It provides mintages, catalog numbers, and a value for the piece in F, VF, XF, UNC and BU. Also housed in this vast book is a map of the general location of the country, the rulers of the time period in the book, a history of the country, the mint names/mint marks, monetary system, and where applicable, how the coins were dated in relation to the Western calendar.
In the front there is a grading terminology for countries other than the USA, the Standard International Numerical System, bullion charts for value of bullion in dollars in relation to quantity. There also is a foreign exchange rate list (as of March 13,2013 in mine), an illustrated guide to Eastern Mint names as they may appear on coins, and conversions from the Hijra (the Islamic dating system) to the AD Christian Date.
All in all, there are over 250 countries included (some countries such as Germany are divided into multiple countries depending on time period such as Third Reich, Republic, Democratic Republicâ€¦). Over 60,000 full sized illustrations are included in this library that is one book.
MSRP on this particular edition is 70 USD and it is worth every single cent.