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Gold Coins Of The World

50th Anniversary Edition. A unique and indispensable reference work. Unsurpassed in content and scope. When the first edition of Gold Coins of the World made its debut in 1958, it forever changed the way gold coins were collected, cataloged, traded, and priced. For the first time, one book provided a reliable guide for a subject which previously required an often expensive investment in multiple volumes of literature, some of it rare and antique, and much of it badly out-of-date. With the publication of this pioneering work, Robert Friedberg (1912-1963) established himself as an international icon in the field of numismatic literature. The 'Friedberg Numbering System' he developed became then, and remains today, the internationally-recognized standard for systematically identifying any gold coin ever made. From just 384 pages in 1958, Gold Coins of the World has expanded to the extent that it now contains more than triple the information of its ancestor. It still stands alone as the first and only book to describe, catalog and price two millennia of gold, platinum, and palladium coin issues from across the globe. From the first coins of the ancient Greeks to the most recently-issued modern commemoratives, they are all here, an astonishing compilation of more than 21,000 individual coin listings accompanied by over 8,000 actual-size photographs, some of which are only otherwise found in rare, out-of-print books. The prices have been completely updated, for the most part raised substantially, to reflect the dynamics of today's market. Entire sections have been expanded, many illustrations have been added or improved, and hundreds of new discoveries and recent issues have been included for the first time. Arthur Friedberg, recently named Honorary President of the International Association of Professional Numismatists, and Ira Friedberg, have completely revised and expanded their late father's work. They have been fortunate to have had the valuable assistance and cooperation of a who's who of the leading numismatists on every continent in bringing this edition to fruition. For the numismatist, banker, economist, historian, institution of higher learning, or a fancier of the noble metal in all its forms, Gold Coins of the World is a book for every library, public and private.

Series: Gold Coins of the World

Hardcover: 800 pages

Publisher: Coin & Currency Institute; 8th edition (May 1, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0871843080

ISBN-13: 978-0871843081

Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.2 x 11.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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When I ordered the CD version of the book I expected a high quality factory pressed, factory labeled and factory sealed product. I got instead a burned CD-R with a paper, ink-jet printed label sticker that doesn't even work on any of my DVD-CD units! So I ended up paying 75 dollars plus another 33 dollars customs tax (for Netherlands) for a complete piece of crap. While I am hoping to get my 75 dollars back from as I am returning the CD, the 33 dollars I paid for customs are gone, and so is my respect for those who marketed such a piece of crap!

PRICES: Well updated. However the European ones seem slightly lower if compared to American coins prices. The pricing of coins in Very Fine condition would be quite desirable, at least for 19th century coins.COMPLETENESS: absolutely enhanced, especially regarding the Asian countries, representing a very difficult area.GRAPHICS : Excellent and exact.CD QUALITY: Not impeccable: I had some difficulties, probably due to dust or travel problems.

It is unlikely that in a book you will find all the coins from ancient to modern times.Since no one has done better - Friedberg has a passing grade from me!

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