Gold Coins of the World

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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an often expensive investment in multiple volumes of literature, some of it rare and antique, and much of it badly out-of-date.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.

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Arthur and Ira Friedberg have been professional numismatists for over thirty years. Their firm, The Coin & Currency Institute, Inc. is a founding member of the elite International Association of Professional Numismatists. In June, 2001, Arthur Friedberg was elected President of the Association, the first American to hold the office. After he concluded his service as president, the IAPN gave him its highest honor, the title of Honorary President. He is also a life member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild. For the past forty years they co-authored revisions of Gold Coins of the World and Paper Money of the United States. They also wrote the new editions of Appraising and Selling Your Coins, which has more than a quarter of a million copies in print. Arthur is also the editor of Modern World Coins, a contributor to the Standard Catalog of World Coins and has written numerous articles for The Numismatist. Arthur Friedberg has been a consultant to the Money and Medal Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, has testified as an expert on coin matters before the United States Senate Banking Committee and the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the United States State Department. He has also been retained by advertising agencies, law firms, insurance companies and others to provide advice on coinage matters. In 1993 the Friedbergs were awarded the Prix d Honneur of the IAPN for Gold Coins of the World as the best book of the preceding year. They have also been presented the Medal of Merit of the (ANA for distinguished service to the hobby. Arthur has also received the first place Heath Literary Award for being the author of the article judged best in The Numismatist during 1993, the Swiss Vrenelli Prize for outstanding contributions to numismatics, and the American Numismatic ANA's Presidential Award.

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