Illustrated encyclopaedia of gold and silver coins of the world: illustrating the modern, ancient, current and curious, from A.D. 1885 back to B.C. 700
|Author(s):||Andrew Madsen Smith|
|Category:||Coins & Currency|
|Publish date:||Jan 1, 1886|
|Number of pages:||522|
Of works upon Numismatics, and of " Coin Books," within the last two hundred years, there has been issued an immense number, many of them very valuable in specialities; but none universal in application, all crowded with unnecessary matter, and not one adapted to the requirement of everyday business life or students' reference. To translate many of these works from the Latin, Greek, French, German, Italian, and. other languages; to compare, sift, select, and verify all the mass, and to condense the information to the utmost, comprises but a portion of my task. Correspondence was entered into with the Financial Ministers of every nation on the earth possessing a coinage ; official reports only were received as authority; every channel, every source of knowledge was exhausted to obtain authentic, reliable data.