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Objects of War Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781907427909
Pub Date: 01 Sep 2018
Imprint: Spink Books
Co-published with the Royal Mint Museum.   War has shaped currencies, creating, abolishing and moulding them. By providing the means through which they have been fought, coins and banknotes have proved themselves an indispensable weapon of war. But the disruption that comes with conflict has seen usage of money change to cope with extreme circumstances. Coins have frequently been debased or often buried in hoards as an army advances, they have found themselves saving lives on a battlefield or becoming objects of sentiment as a memory of home. As symbols of state, money has offered the means through which victorious leaders have proclaimed their triumphs, evidenced from Roman Emperors through to the more poignant modern ways in which commemoration predominates.   In this new book Kevin Clancy, Director of the Royal Mint Museum, seeks to explore these themes, revealing how something which thrives on stability can adapt when the normal rules of life are turned upside down. Richly illustrated throughout, the book focuses principally on the experience in Britain from Tudor times but draws on other instances from around the world and across time to show how money and war have collided and influenced one another.   It is a fascinating story that will be as engaging to those with an interest in military history as much as to those of us with more than a passing interest in money.
Spink Maury Catalogue de Timbres de France 2019 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 1144
ISBN: 9781907427923
Pub Date: 31 Aug 2018
Imprint: Spink Books
The Spink Maury Catalogue has traditionally provided the highest level of detail for the stamps and covers of France and the French colonies, with thousands of top quality illustrations and prices updated every year.  It was acquired by Spink in 2015, and the editors have since endeavoured to make this the premium reference work of its kind.   The catalogue includes stamps on cover, tete-beche issues, blocks, reprints, military mail, specimens, telegraphs, officials, parcel post, booklets, essays, proofs, airmails, precancels, postage dues, imperforate issues, balloon mail, occupation issues, telephone stamps, siege mail and war stamps, and is the authoritative work for any collector of French stamps, or anyone interested in this fascinating area of philately.   The 2019 edition showcased a wealth of new pages and is an absolute must for collectors of French stamps.   ‘Layout and coverage are sumptuous … The trite phrase “mine of information” does not begin to do justice to this immense achievement. To any collector of France beyond the elementary stage, this would be a bargain at twice the official retail price … Highly recommended.’ Michael Round, Journal of the France & Colonies Philatelic Society  
The Cunetio and Normanby Hoards Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781907427954
Pub Date: 01 Jun 2018
Imprint: Spink Books
The Cunetio and Normanby hoards are the two of the largest Roman coin hoards from Britain. They both comprise mostly ‘radiate’ coins struck in the second half of the 3rd century and are the most important catalogues for people identifying radiate coins in Britain dating from AD 253 to AD 275.     The Cunetio hoard was originally published as a single volume, The Cunetio Treasure by EM Besly and RF Bland (British Museum Press, 1983); the Normanby hoard was published along with several other hoards in The Normanby Hoard and other Roman coin hoards: Coin Hoards from Roman Britain VIII edited by RF Bland and AM Burnett (British Museum Press, 1988).     This edition provides the two hoards in one volume with a note on more recent work on the radiate coinage of AD 253-96 and notes to aid identification by Sam Moorhead.
The Roman Imperial Coinage Volume I Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9780907605096
Pub Date: 01 May 2018
Imprint: Spink Books
Dr CHV Sutherland was for many years Keeper of the Heberden Coin Room in the Ashmolean Museum, with a special interest in the Julio-Claudian emperors and their coinage from 31 BC to AD 69. From 1939 he was co-editor and part-author of Roman Imperial Coinage, successively, with Harold Mattingly and EA Sydenham, and with RAG Carson, devoting years to the fundamental revision and rewriting of Mattingley and Sydenham’s original Volume I (1923) of the series, published in 1984.   Sutherland’s revised Volume I has been out of print now for some years, but his study of the Julio-Claudian coinage, being the formative period of the long imperial series, is made newly available by Spink in this handsome reprint.
The Roman Imperial Coinage Volume X Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 856
ISBN: 9780907605430
Pub Date: 01 May 2018
Imprint: Spink Books
This tenth volume of Roman Imperial Coinage completed the first edition of the series founded by Mattingly and Sydenham in 1923. Its layout is based on the division between the eastern and western parts of the empire, and the reigns of successive emperors. A further section deals with imitative coinages struck by certain of the barbarian peoples. There are detailed accounts of the monetary system and mints, and of the coin-types and legends. The catalogue comprises some 1,800 entries, each individually numbered, and illustrated by 80 plates.   The coinage is discussed not only in its historical setting, but also in a comprehensive and documented conceptual context, making RIC X essential reading for students of the late Roman and Byzantine period, as well as for collectors.  This seminal volume is reprinted by Spink in 2018 to make it available again to all those interested in this fascinating period of Roman Imperial coinage.   Dr John Kent joined the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum in 1953, and was Keeper from 1983 until his retirement in 1990.  As well as being an editor of the Roman Imperial Coinage series , he is the author of Roman Imperial Coinage Volume VIII (1981).
The Short-Cross Coinage 1180-1247 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781902040738
Pub Date: 01 Mar 2018
Imprint: Spink Books
This guide is only intended to introduce the short cross coinage to new collectors and beginners generally and to assist in classifying these coins. It is not a scholarly work; it does not include any significant original material and some of the details and complexities have been simplified. If it enables collectors, archaeological site personnel, detectorists and others to identify the majority of normal coins at need, then its aims will have been achieved. The introduction sets out very briefly the historical context of the short cross coinage and the development of the classification system in used today. Numismatists have studied the coins for many years, but it is only since the original written records or 'Rolls' (some of which have survived from the time when these coins were struck) have been transcribed and studied that many matters have been determinded. The Rolls contain many references to financial matters of the time and the names and details of some moneyers and mint officials are recorded (sometimes with their dates of appointment, death or removal) and this information has provided to be invaluable in establishing a chronology and in placing coins of the different types in sequence.
English Hammered Coinage Volume II Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780907605348
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2018
Imprint: Spink Books
The third revised editions of Jeffrey North’s two volume classic are newly reissued for 2018 to make them available to Spink customers for the first time in over ten years.   Volume I includes hammered coins of the early Anglo Saxon, Viking, Regional Kings, Norman and Plantagenet periods up to the reign of Henry III, including 20 plates with hundreds of coin images, covering the dates c600 to 1272.   Volume II covers the coinages of Edward I to Charles II from 1272-1662, the principal amendments to the third edition being in the coinages of 1279-1351 and the provincial issues of Charles 1; much new information was incorporated into the relevant sections in 2000 on the strength of important studies including the base shillings of Edward VI, the milled coinage of Elizabeth 1, the Tower shillings of Charles 1 and the mint of York of Charles 1.
Sceatta List Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9781907427862
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2018
Imprint: Spink Books
This second edition of Sceatta List adds more than a hundred new varieties of early pennies. It builds on the work of pioneers in the field – Rigold, Metcalf, Blackburn and Gannon. While this topic, with its huge variation in designs, has more than its fair share of difficulties, the author has always sought to make the subject more accessible to occasional users. This is achieved through the generous use of illustrations, the majority taken from his own collection housed at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Moreover, the author provides insight to the organisation, dating and designs of this seventh- to eighth-century medium of exchange where the medium is the message, though often obscured by the passage of time. |The volume is essentially for – and essential to – collectors, curators, cataloguers, detectorists and dealers, among others, and includes guidance on scarcity and values.
Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles 69 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 816
ISBN: 9781907427855
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2018
Imprint: Spink Books
The Sylloge is a major series of catalogues of British and Irish coins in public and significant private collections, describing and illustrating coins and tokens ranging from Ancient British issues to those of the 17th century. The greatest coverage has been of the Anglo-Saxon period.   This is a fundamental source of material for the study of coin issues and moneyers, designs and die-cutting styles, metrology, hoards and single-finds, and personal- and place-name forms. The volumes are of relevance not only to numismatists, but also to archaeologists and historians who increasingly have grown aware of the need to understand and use numismatic evidence.   This book records, illustrates and describes the early Anglo-Saxon collection of Tony Abramson: one of the premier private assemblages of gold, silver and base-metal coins from the early medieval period, amounting to over 1,100 specimens. Traditionally known as gold shillings or thrymsas and silver pennies or sceattas, the coinages represented in this volume formed the first currency of Anglo-Saxon England, from c. 600 onwards.   The entire Abramson collection is deposited at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, on lifetime loan. It represents a critical resource for all serious students of early Anglo-Saxon archaeology, history and numismatics.
Made for Trade Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781785708121
Pub Date: 13 Oct 2017
Imprint: Oxbow Books
The Late Iron Age coinage of England has long been recognised as an invaluable potential source of information about pre-Roman Britain, although its purpose has been much debated and never clearly established. Most research using this source material has been either detailed numismatic studies, which seek to categorise and tabulate the types of coin and order them chronologically based on stylistic change, or more general attempts to draw out meaning from the imagery or inscriptions on the coins.   In Made for Trade, John Talbot presents the findings of a decade-long investigation that has challenged many pre-conceptions about the period. The coinage of the Iceni in East Anglia was used as the raw material with a view to establishing its original purpose and what it can tell us about society and the use of coinage in the Late Iron Age of this region. A die-study was performed on every known example – over 10,000 – coins. Each coin was created by a metal pellet being struck by two dies, and the die-study sought to identify the dies used in each of the 20,000 strikes. Because dies wear, change and are replaced, this enabled definitive chronologies to be constructed and the underlying organisation of the coinage to be fully appreciated for the first time. It is believed to be one of the largest such studies ever attempted and the first of this scale for a British Iron Age coinage. Talbot further explores production, weight and metal content as the coinage evolved, the use of imagery and inscriptions, and patterns of hoarding. These various threads demonstrate that the coinage was economic in nature and reflected development of a more sophisticated monetary society than had previously been thought possible, contradicting many previous assumptions.
Islamic Coins and Their Values Volume 2 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781907427626
Pub Date: 30 Sep 2017
Imprint: Spink Books
This book is the second volume of an illustrated price guide to Islamic coins; the first volume was published in 2015. The Islamic market has long been hampered by two things: the lack of reliable information regarding values due to the historic volatility of auction prices for Islamic coins, and the lack of general reference works with illustrations. This book is an attempt to remedy both these problems.  It is intended as an introductory guide, aimed at the general collector; suggestions for further reading are given throughout the book.
In Celebration of Greek Coinage Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781907427770
Pub Date: 30 Jun 2017
Imprint: Spink Books
In Celebration of Greek Coinage is a readable but scholarly tribute to ancient Greek coins, its origin being a thoughtful study of the author's own collection, acquired over the past seventeen years.  Two initial chapters relate the author's devotion to numismatics and his thoughts on Greek coins as art; these are followed by fifty essays inspired by coins in the author's own collection, comprised of articles which mainly first appeared in the Spink Numismatic Circular and its magazine the Insider, revised and updated for this volume.  The essays seek to identify the formative geographical, historical, ethnic, political, religious, cultural, artistic, social, economic and commercial influences behind the coins.
Numismatic Archaeology/Archaeological Numismatics Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 180
ISBN: 9781900188234
Pub Date: 31 May 2017
Imprint: Oxbow Books
These papers examine the ongoing relationship between numismatic research and archaeology in Greece; they are based on a 1995 conference organised by the Athens National Museum and the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens in honour of Dr Mando Oeconomodies.
British Historical Medals of the 17th Century Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781907427480
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2017
Imprint: Spink Books
As attractive as historical or commemorative medals are in their own right and as telling as they are by their designs and inscriptions of the persons or events they honour (or, in some cases, vilify or deride), they tell us much more: by means of inscriptions, design and allegory, they tell us their age, of their makers, of the purpose for which they were made, the manner in which they were made, and the ‘story’ their maker wished to communicate.    This volume presents the published works on 17th century British medals that appeared in the late 17th century through to the 19th century as well as biographies of the authors.  It also surveys those medallists who created the medals, the major collectors of the medals, the great collections that we know of through auction catalogues, the antiquaries and chroniclers who wrote on the period, or who were otherwise associated with these works, as well as early printers of numismatic works.  It is intended as a companion volume to the authors’ two volume work, The English Civil Wars: Medals, Historical Commentary & Personalities.    Handsomely illustrated throughout with some 300 illustrations, this work is an essential addition to the libraries of collectors and students of both British and Continental Historical and Commemorative Medals.
Financing the World Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781907427749
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2017
Imprint: Spink Books
The third book by Keith Hollender on financial history, Financing the World focuses on the events and entrepreneurs that shaped the world of finance we know today.  It describes the period of initial industrialisation and the regular stock market crashes that accompanied it, in a concise and interesting style aimed at both the novice and the expert. Tales of financial skulduggery, innovation and the people behind it all are lucidly and amusingly set out.  
An Introduction to Commemorative Medals in England 1685-1746 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 88
ISBN: 9781907427107
Pub Date: 31 Mar 2017
Imprint: Spink Books
The year 1685 saw the beginning of a turbulent period in English history: King James II was expelled from Britain; there were wars in Ireland and on the Continent; repeated attempts by the Jacobite party in exile to regain the throne of England; and, underlying everything, severe religious dissension between Catholics and Protestants. All these events were eminently suitable for medallic commemoration.