Library Additions

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Carausius, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Well, there goes the neighbourhood...

    Just kidding :D. The mention is very cool, indeed. I'm waiting on two volumes from Hoover's Handbook of Greek Coinage series. I'm finding them indispensable to a generalist like myself and highly recommend them.
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  3. dougsmit

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    My copies arrived today. The first amazement is that 230 of the 352 plates cover Khusrau II. I knew that most Sasanian coins we see are his but double the total of all the others???? The coins show a great range of qualities including many badly broken and several wholly illegible. The scary part is the collection is nowhere near complete. I was particularly disappointed in the five 'family' drachms of Bahram II. The online listings of CNG sales is vastly larger. If this book of 352 plates and 4424 is a light gloss over in one area, how large would the comprehensive book have been? Learning enough to be expert in the series will take centuries.
  4. Valentinian

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    I feel I must apologize to Doug for not giving a more extensive review of the two volumes. Clearly the National Museum of Iran holdings were not formed like, say, those of the BM. The BM had major collections donated by serious collectors who sought high-quality coins and rare types, not numerous duplicates. The BM had missing rarities identified and donated intentionally to fill gaps. I imagine that, in contrast, the holdings in the Iran volumes are largely finds in which common coins are very common, condition is what was found and not filtered for quality by a discerning collector, and rare coins are often missing.

    Dour's comment on the 'family' drachms of Bahram II is telling. They are among the most interesting Sasanian coins. A serious collector would seek the varieties and assemble more than five pieces. For the National Museum to have only five shows they have not gotten donations the way the BM has.
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