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The coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations to the end of the reign…

by F. Pridmore

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Another excellent book. This book is of very special interest to me not only because it is an invaluable reference from a numismatic perspective if you are a collector of coins from this period, which I am, but also because it chronicles the history of how numismatics evolved in colonial South India in general and in the city of Chennai specifically, a place where I hail from.

When he talks of areas like Mint Street where the first Mint was setup by the East India Company, only adds to the nostalgic element and the whole experience as I used to take frequent walks on this street trying to identify landmarks that are mentioned in this book.

This is not your run of the mill Coin Publication. Before even talking about the details of a particular coin, the author paints a grand picture that includes the places the people and the circumstances that led to the provenance of that particular coin. A very grand Numismatic History journal and Travelogue rolled into one and that is what makes it even more special and readable.

This is more of a reference book and not something you read once and you are done. I tend to pick up this book quite frequently and re-read some of the sections and get transported to another era. A crown jewel in my numismatic library.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
Another excellent book. This book is of very special interest to me not only because it is an invaluable reference from a numismatic perspective if you are a collector of coins from this period, which I am, but also because it chronicles the history of how numismatics evolved in colonial South India in general and in the city of Chennai specifically, a place where I hail from.

When he talks of areas like Mint Street where the first Mint was setup by the East India Company, only adds to the nostalgic element and the whole experience as I used to take frequent walks on this street trying to identify landmarks that are mentioned in this book.

This is not your run of the mill Coin Publication. Before even talking about the details of a particular coin, the author paints a grand picture that includes the places the people and the circumstances that led to the provenance of that particular coin. A very grand Numismatic History journal and Travelogue rolled into one and that is what makes it even more special and readable.

This is more of a reference book and not something you read once and you are done. I tend to pick up this book quite frequently and re-read some of the sections and get transported to another era. A crown jewel in my numismatic library.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
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