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  • By Roger deWardt Lane
    Aug 1, 2009
    "President of the American Numismatic Assn.- Reviewed" ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SMALL (Dime Size) SILVER COINS The scope of coverage of this reference chronicles in detail silver dime size (between 17 and 19 mm diameter) machine struck world coin issues of the roughly 150 year period from the 1830s to the 1970s. It provides detailed information not only on the technical specifications of size, fineness and weight, but also years and mints of issue, along with mintages. Even beyond that, the author has accompanied the listings with Y# and KM# designations for cross-reference purposes, along with specifications of edge types and mint marks, and with designer information and initials that appear thereon where applicable. In addition, footnotes are added throughout detailing numismatically significant facts relating to many of the listed issues, including information on re-striking, frozen dates and the relationship of the coin denominations to the national currency units. Additional... More > historical footnotes are incorporated throughout the listings to frame the political background into which the coinages were introduced, from the qiran and 1/2 rupee issues of Afghanistan in southwest Asia to the 4 bogaches, 1/8 ahmadi and 5 buqsha issues of Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula. Most of the listings are denominated in cents, centavos, centimes and similar, as during the period of coverage dime size silver coins were one of the primary coins of commerce in the western world. This specialized reference should prove invaluable to any collector of world coins from the period of its coverage. First published in 1997 in a laser printed edition of two copies, the author's ongoing studies of the series were made available on CD-rom in 2002, followed by a revised and improved version in 2003. The second edition was made available in 2007, posted free on the Internet on a printer-restricted basis. I am pleased to have the opportunity to add a print-on-demand embodiment of the third edition released in 2008, as I personally like the feel of a solid book in my hands when I set out to research numismatic facts. The author is of long acquaintance, personally, as back in the 1970s Roger deWardt Lane was a valued contributor to the contents of the then fledgling Standard Catalog of World Coins, where his area of specialization was concerned, a quarter century before he started making his in-depth knowledge of silver dime size coins available to the hobby community. -- Clifford Mishler< Less
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Revised Third Edition
Roger deWardt Lane
November 5, 2010
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Black & white
3.13 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.25 wide x 10.75 tall
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