Great Britain

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by thomas mozzillo, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    I would greatly appreciate it if someone could tell me what are the best books to buy regarding 19th and 20th Century Silver coinage of Great Britain. Thank you.
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  3. mrbadexample

    mrbadexample Well-Known Member

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  4. Zonker

    Zonker Active Member

    Spinks Coins of England is a good reference book for British coins in general.
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  5. Coinsandmedals

    Coinsandmedals Well-Known Member

    I imagine Bull is an excellent source. I have a few older publications in my library, but I do not know the titles off the top of my head. If you ever decide to collect copper/bronze coinage, I can make a few suggestions.
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  6. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster Member of the ANA since 1982

    I have a couple of editions of Spinks, buying one every 10 years or so. It's similar in concept to the Redbook but with pricing for fewer grades (which isn't a problem IMO). It also covers coins much earlier than the 19th century. I never looked up anything post-Geo V, so I can't comment on modern issues, but overall, it's a nice, general reference to have in the library and I believe it's reasonably priced
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  7. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the replies. Sorry to seem like a pest but when I checked on Amazon I noticed there are books by 2 different authors. Emma Howard and Philip Skingley. Which is the better version? (Both Spink)
  8. Zonker

    Zonker Active Member

    I really do not believe there is a significant difference. What do you want to get out of a book?
  9. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    Something similar to what can be found in the Red Book. Doesn't have to be only 19th and 20th centuries. It can also include earlier dated coins.
  10. Zonker

    Zonker Active Member

    Then the Spinks book will be what you are looking for. Very informative.
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  11. PaddyB

    PaddyB Eccentric enthusiast

    The Spink book is printed each year - Philip Skingley version is from years back, Emma Howard is current, so go for that.
    There are still two books to consider by Spink: the pre-decimal one for everything from Iron age up to ~1970; and the decimal one for everything since 1971. For your 19th and 20th century silver the first one is the one you need, and go for the 2020 printing as that is the latest. (British circulation coins stopped having silver from 1947, so you won't need the decimal book unless you are into modern silver proof coins.)
    Although they update every year, it is probably only worth getting a new one every 5 years or so as not much changes for these older coins each year.

    The Bull book on Silver coins (English Coins since 1649) is a lot more specialised - if you are into collecting varieties then you need that one.
  12. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I'd like to thank all of you for the very helpful information. I'm going to pre-order the 2020 printing (by Emma Howard) as it's not available yet. In the meantime I'll read as much as I can online until the book arrives. I'm very excited about getting started on this new project; feel like a kid in a candy store. :)
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  13. Zonker

    Zonker Active Member

    Good luck and enjoy the ride
  14. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    Thank you. Should be a great ride. Just looked at Great Britain Trade Dollars and found so many Chinese counterfeits listed on eBay. It seems as bad as the counterfeit US Trade Dollars.
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