Coins of England & The United
Kingdom was first published in 1929 by B.A. Seaby Ltd. and was
issued as a paper cover booklet with a cover price of 6d and was
entitled Catalogue of Coins of Great Britain and Ireland. It later
became the Standard Catalogue of the Coins of Great Britain and
Ireland in 1945 which was written by H.A. Seaby between air raids,
whilst in Air Raid Precautions Control Room in North London. So
popular was this edition that it ran to three impressions,
reprinted in 1947 and 1949.
These early editions were basically
pricelists of coins held in stock at the time of going to press,
but also with prices offered for sought after items. One example
being in the 1936 edition which offered no less than £200 at the
time for a specimen of the gold penny of Edward the Confessor, an
amount approximately equivalent in today's monetary terms to
£11,000; a huge sum of money at the time for a coin, considering
what that amount of money would have bought in 1936.
Editions were surprisingly regular
from 1929 up to the outbreak of war in 1939, there being a new
edition approximately every two years, resuming on a bi-annual
basis with the publication of the 1945 edition.
It was in 1962, under the editorial
control of Peter Seaby, that the Scottish, Irish, Anglo-Gallic and
coins of the Islands were taken out of the catalogue and published
separately. This 1962 edition was the first of a new series which
was then published annually through to 1976 and saw the
introduction of photographic illustrations in place of the
beautiful line-drawings which had previously been used. There was
no edition in 1977 whilst work on a greatly revised, new format,
16th edition was in progress and this set the standard
for the next 20 years until Spink acquired the entire publications
arm of B.A. Seaby Ltd. during 1996.
The first edition published by
Spink was the 33rd edition in 1997, then, ten years on
from there and the 42nd edition again saw a revolution
with the transition to colour printing. This process was achieved
without missing an edition and involved the massive undertaking of
sourcing and re-photographing every coin in the catalogue.
Published annually, it is now in
its 44th edition, 80 years on from its conception in
1929 and weighing in at nearly 600 pages, in full colour and packed
with information. It is difficult to imagine what it might look
like in another 80 years time and will still have our own currency
in Britain then?
The catalogue now covers all coins
which have circulated in the British Isles from the earliest times
when coins from northern Gaul were imported around 150 B.C. right
up to the latest new issues from the Royal Mint.
Primarily intended for the
collector, it also serves as a single volume handbook for the
archaeologist, museum curator, detectorist and any person who has a
coin to identify and who wishes to know its current market value.
With helpful sections on grading and the housing and care of coins;
information about numismatic clubs and trade associations; a
bibliography for further reading; explanations of numismatic terms
and translations of foreign and Latin legends found on British
coins, it truly is the handbook for British coins.
We are also giving away a free
double-sided jigsaw of this year's cover coin with every copy of
the book which features the impressive Testoon of Henry VIII struck
at the Tower Mint in London, 1544-47.
To place your order please contact the Book Department at
Tel: (44) 207 563 4046 or email: email@example.com