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A practical guide for young numismatists provides helpful information on the history of money, how coins and banknotes are made, how to start a coin collection, what makes coins valuable, and how to identify unusual pieces.
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From a British series, a profusely illustrated, large-format ``Hobby Handbook.'' Selected topics (``Obtaining Coins and Notes,'' ``How Coins Are Made,'' ``Keeping Your Collection'') are treated in two- or four-page sections, each with several good color photos and special information highlighted in boxes. Other sections feature brief histories of currency in various parts of the world. The book succeeds handsomely in conveying both the historical interest and the aesthetic satisfaction inherent in this hobby, wisely skirting the issue of coins as an investment. Aspects of the ``how-to'' sections may be more helpful to British readers than to Americans (e.g., a pocketful of US change isn't likely to include an Indian- head coin). An annoying design flaw: almost half of the page numbers are obscured by graphics. For an older audience than the Maestros' The Story of Money (p. 231); reading level and graphics quality are similar to the Eyewitness series' Money (1990), which lacks the information on collecting. Glossary; addresses of numismatic societies; excellent maps; index. A list of periodicals and reference sources (on both sides of the Atlantic) would have been helpful. (Nonfiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Booklist:
Gr. 4-7. Part of the Hobby Handbooks series, first published in England, this colorful, large-size volume has a magazine-type, browsable design, with lots of clearly reproduced pictures, boxed insets, and subheads on every double-page spread. Lewis covers such topics as how to start a collection and how to care for it, as well as the role of money in history, how coins and bank notes are made, and famous mistakes and forgeries. There's also a detailed look at coins and currency across the world, region by region. Included are several large, clear maps, a glossary, and a list of useful addresses. An obvious choice for collectors, this is also an interesting resource for curriculum projects across cultures. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Random House Books for Young Readers, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # SONG0679926623