Spink Books
Spink Books has been supplying and publishing numismatic reference works to collectors for over 100 years. The acquisition of the Seaby imprint in 1996 further strengthened their reputation as the worldwide leader in this field. Many Spink titles have become the definitive reference works used by collectors, dealers and auctioneers worldwide, including its annual Coins of England catalogue, Roman Coins and Their Values and other classics by David R. Sear.
English Silver Coinage “Original” Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781912667765
Pub Date: 30 Sep 2024
Imprint: Spink Books
Description:
P. Alan Rayner's revised fifth edition of Seaby's original ESC is by many still considered to be the standard work of reference for the series. Rayner extensively revised and extended the catalogue to include details of modern issues up to its publication in 1992, which have been further extended to bring it up to date for this 30th anniversary edition (marking 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign in 2022).
English Pattern Trial and Proof Coins in Gold 1547-1976 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 600
ISBN: 9781912667598
Pub Date: 30 Sep 2024
Imprint: Spink Books
Description:
This book attempts to catalogue all known pattern and proof coins struck in gold, together with off-metal strikes and unofficial fantasies, also in gold. Included are the English series from Edward VI to Elizabeth I (1547-1603) and the coinage of Great Britain from James I to Elizabeth II sterling coinage (1603-1976), extending the period covered by the previous edition from 1968 to 1976. A “pattern” is a coin designed and proposed for use as regular currency.
William Wyon Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781912667796
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2024
Imprint: Spink Books
Description:
Chief Engraver at the Royal Mint and the leading medallist of his time William Wyon RA (1795-1851) produced some of the best known and most widely distributed images ever made. His portraits of the young Queen Victoria on the coinage, used throughout the British empire, and the more regal head used for the first postage stamps, the penny red and twopenny blue, were reproduced in their millions and distributed all around the globe. A highly regarded modeller in low relief, known and admired for the classical purity of his compositions and the accomplishment of their execution, Wyon was celebrated as a British artist who more than rivalled his continental competitors, favoured by royalty and by many of the most prominent and influential figures of his time.
Paper Money of Congo Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 672
ISBN: 9789464368147
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2024
Imprint: Spink Books
Description:
The book describes the history of all the treasury notes issued by the Congo Free State in 1896 and all the banknotes issued by the Bank of Belgian Congo from 1912 to 1952 and by the Bank of Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi until Congo’s independence in 1960. Using unpublished archival documents from at home and abroad, all projects and actual issues are discussed in detail with the exception of the banknotes issued during the Second World War, since the Bank of Belgian Congo had relocated its activities to London and Kinshasa, and documents of that period appear to have been lost during the air raids on London.
English Gold Coinage Volume II Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9781912667727
Pub Date: 30 Nov 2023
Imprint: Spink Books
Series: English Gold Coinage
Description:
The second volume of this brand new comprehensive guide covers every type of English gold coin from 1816 onwards and includes many new varieties, along with rarity values, arranged by monarch. Accompanying Bull reference numbers are again cross-referenced to the Standard Catalogue of British Coins.
British Celtic Coins: Art or Imitation? Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781912667987
Pub Date: 31 Oct 2023
Imprint: Spink Books
Description:
The peoples of pre-Roman Britain remain an enigma. Our perceptions are shaped by two narratives, that of contemporary Roman colonists and more recent Celtic nationalists, who vilify and glorify them in equal measure. The more we learn, the less we know with certainty: should they be described as ‘Celtic peoples’, were they organised into the ‘tribes’ that later formed Roman administrative districts (civitas) and, beyond a few famous names like Cunobelinus (Shakespeare’s Cymbeline), were they led by ‘kings’ or ‘chieftains’?

The Rebel Emperors of Britannia

Carausius and Allectus
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781912667918
Pub Date: 15 Apr 2023
Imprint: Spink Books
Illustrations: colour, througout
Description:
One of the most exciting periods of Britain’s history under the Romans remains largely unknown today. Yet, at the end of third century AD, two men successively ruled the island, together with parts of the Continental coast, as emperors of Britannia for a period of ten years. They minted their own coins, initiated Britain’s first truly integrated defence system and successfully repelled an invasion from the mighty Roman empire.
An Introductory Guide to Ancient Greek and Roman Coinage Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781912667871
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2023
Imprint: Spink Books
Description:
The second volume of David R Sear’s comprehensive guide to ancient coins – part of Spink’s Living History series – covers Hellenistic Regal Issues. A general background to the fascinating world of ancient coins, looking back more than 26 centuries to the lands of the eastern Mediterranean, at how coins were designed and produced, and at how they can reveal so much to us today of the time in which they were produced.
Whisky Cask Investment Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 104
ISBN: 9781912667901
Pub Date: 31 Oct 2022
Imprint: Spink Books
Illustrations: Fully illustrated throughout
Description:
Enter the wonderful world of whisky casks to learn about a unique investment opportunity. We are in the grip of the greatest period of uncertainty since the 2008 financial crash. Volatility is rocking global financial markets, and inflation is back with a vengeance.
Chinese Numismatics Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781912667888
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2022
Imprint: Spink Books
Description:
This is the first book to explore the history of the field of Chinese numismatics from both Eastern and Western perspectives. With upwards of 100 illustrations, it consists of three papers that complement each other beautifully and give a sound introduction to the beginnings of the study of Chinese numismatics, focusing on the 19th century: A Short History of Chinese Numismatics in Western Languages – Helen Wang A run-through of publications on Chinese numismatics to 1900 – giving information about the authors, their occupations, motivations and areas of interest. A good background to the subject, and includes information on where to find bibliographies etc.
Mary Gillick: Sculptor and Medallist Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9781912667758
Pub Date: 25 Jun 2022
Imprint: Spink Books
Description:
Mary Gillick, née Tutin (1881-1965), is probably best remembered for the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that appeared on UK coins from the beginning of her reign until decimalisation in 1971. This book focuses on her career as a sculptor and medallist - a career that had begun at Nottingham School of Art and the Royal College of Art and had already spanned more than fifty years when she experienced the sudden burst of national fame that came with the royal commission. Gillick’s work combines the influence of early Italian Renaissance medals with an appreciation of modernism and shows a readiness to adapt as she responded to changes in the art market.
Coins of the Sikh Empire, Punjab and the Cis-Sutlej States Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 608
ISBN: 9781912667802
Pub Date: 25 Jun 2022
Imprint: Spink Books
Description:
This comprehensive catalogue, which has been worked on by the authors over several years, covers all known Sikh Copper, Silver and Gold Mohurs, including much unpublished material, with photographs of each; coins of the Cis-Sutlej States, with photographs of all Sikh states (Patiala, Nabha, Khaital) plus additional details on MalerKotla; medals issued to Sikhs from the 1840s to 1947; and Sikh Temple Tokens, Medallions and Commemorative Coins issued since the 1800s. It is the most up-to-date and authoritative book on the subject, and an essential addition to the library of any collector interested in this fascinating area of coinage.
Ecoinomics Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9781912667789
Pub Date: 25 Jun 2022
Imprint: Spink Books
Description:
Ecoinomics is designed to equip the reader with a full working knowledge of the global numismatic market and how it differs from country to country; it details the various factors which contribute to the value of a coin, as well as different collecting practices (such as third-party grading in the US). Covering the range of costs and benefits involved with keeping a substantial amount of capital in coins, including performance over time, market trends, tax and insurance, Ecoinomics aims to give the reader the confidence to buy coins and to begin participating in the numismatic market. "Robert Parkinson has written an interesting and informative guide that explains many of the most important topics in numismatics.
Spink Maury Catalogue de Timbres de France 2022-2023 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 848
ISBN: 9781912667680
Pub Date: 28 May 2022
Imprint: Spink Books
Series: Maury Catalogue
Description:
This new edition of the SPINK MAURY catalogue, heir to the prestigious Maury, Ceres and Dallay catalogues, continues its research work into stamps from 1849 to 1960, and varieties after 1960. It includes hundreds of changes, new varieties and discoveries, all beautifully presented, with unrivalled levels of detail for each stamp. The monographic studies are continued, each stamp presented on its own page for all known varieties.
Mehmet the Conqueror and Constantinople Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781912667666
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2022
Imprint: Spink Books
Description:
In its significance for both Islam and Christianity, and ultimately the wider world, the fall of Constantinople on 29 May 1453 was to herald the dawn of the early modern period and bring universal recognition to the man forever known as Mehmet the Conqueror, or Sultan Mehmet II (1432-1481); who at the age of twenty-one had brought the millennium-old Byzantine empire to an end. The very improbability of such an accomplishment, after many failed attempts on Constantinople by different factions over the centuries, was to only add to Mehmet’s growing status; while his quest for territorial acquisition over the following twenty-five years, in the establishment of an Ottoman empire, was to place this dynastic family on the international stage, where they would remain a significant political force over the following five centuries. Little material evidence has survived from the formative period of Mehmet's life, and certainly nothing of any direct significance such as a portrait.
The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators 49-27 BC Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 392
ISBN: 9780907605980
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2022
Imprint: Spink Books
Description:
The brief period covered by The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators witnessed the violent transition of the Roman state from a republican constitution, presided over by the Senate, to a full military autocracy under the control of one man, the Emperor Augustus. In reality, the events of these years were merely the culmination of a movement which had been gathering strength over the preceding half century, since the rise of men such as Marius and Sulla. Caesar had put events into motion by his invasion of Italy and his challenge to Pompey’s dominant position in Roman politics.