Series: World Encyclopedia of...
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Lorenz Books (November 16, 2010)
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I purchased a copy of "The Complete Illustrated Guide to Coins and Coin Collecting" by Dr James Mackay. This is a paperback edition of encyclopedia with similar cover. I found it a beautifully illustrated book but was Shocked to read the text of the introduction to Sri Lanka. It contained many factual errors and reflected a total ignorance of the History and Numismatics of Sri Lanka. Let me point out a few. 1) Lankan coinage is documented from 3rd Century B.C. 2) The Chola were from south India and invaded Lanka only in 985 and subjugated the Sinhala who migrated and took over the island from the indigenous Veddahs in the 5th Century B. C. 3) Images [1-2] is a Portuguese Tanga counter-marked by dutch 4) The rupee was not in par with the Rix dollar 1 1/3 (i.e. 4/3) rupees equaled 1 Rix Dollar in 1821 5) The 1/3 Farthing did not circulate in Lanka. 6) Images [3-4] is a half cent from 1870 not a fraction of farthing 7) There was no Local currency from 1839 to 1868 - Indian Silver was used along side British brass. 8) The new emblem was adopted in 1972 coins. 9) Images [13-16] were of commemorative coins issued after 1990 10) The Images [13-14] is slightly smaller than actual size. In view of these numerous errors in a short bit of text of which I am an expert, I have lost all confidence in the text printed in the guide. I strongly suggest that like Krause, Anness publications, get experts in the numismatics to review and correct the text for each country. In views of these errors I have corrected the text below and hope this modified text will be used in any future reprints of this Guide or Encyclopedia.
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