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||July 17, 2008|
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21 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Don't Waste Your MoneyDec 26, 2006
By W. Sanders
I was looking forward to this book so I could reference the latest issues of a number of countries. Unfortunately, there are very few listings that aren't covered in the 2005 edition of Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-present. In addition, the lack of pictures of more modern issues is disturbing. There are abundant pictures of the outrageously excessive issues of the Isle of Man crowns; however, more important pictures of new issues from Thailand are not included. Unless you read Thai, the descriptions are useless and you can't easily reference your coins. Also, it is surprising the number of countries not listed past 2002 or 2003. If this is a 2007 edition, one might think that it would be comprehensive at least up to 2005. I would recommend waiting for later editions that will hopefully be better researched and more comprehensive. This is just a cheap attempt to make more money by re-packaging information available in earlier editions.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
More and more helpful but is it really necessary?Jun 29, 2008
By Ford Ka
With every passing year the edition of a separate 21st century coin catalog becomes more justified. Any coin collector can easily list a number of countries which do their best to fill the volume with products of their mints and national banks. China and France alone add at least two to four pages yearly, Russia and Poland are not far behind. It does make sense to produce this catalog and yet there are doubts.
The 2009 edition brings another selection of new commemoratives plus a handful of fairly interesting regular coins but somehow I am still unconvinced that there were credible reasons for splitting the 1900+ volume into two - the 20th and the 21st century (apart from making more money on collectors ;) If you could remove "patterns etc." sections - most of which interest less than a hundred people all around the world - the 20th and the 21st century catalogs could still easily be produced as a single volume.
The volume seems to have become too big to handle for its editors. Several times the same coins are listed twice (Bangladesh 2 taka is the first to come to mind) with minute differences in descriptions as if there were differences between two coins. It seems nobody had the strength to edit the whole volume carefully...
In short - if you are seriously interested in commemorative world issues, this is your book. You simply must buy it as the only other choice is checking various internet sites. Yet if your interests are more moderate getting a new edition every two or three years should be enough.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Pass on this one!Jun 05, 2010
By Gene Feierstein
I was planning to buy the new edition of World Coins 2001-Date when it comes out. Fortunately, I found a remaindered copy of the 2009 edition for $5. It was overpriced. More than 1/3 of the 2001-2005 coins I looked up were not there. Some of the country listings, like Colombia, were a complete joke. I won't purchase any of the newer books in this series until I can actually see one with the omissions corrected.
3 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Here we go again...Dec 30, 2007
By Ford Ka
So here we go again... The second edition of a largely unnecessary book (if Krause could drop the "patterns, pieforts etc." sections in the 20th century volume, the two volumes would fit perfectly in one) which seems quite dated the very moment it is published - only in case of some countries you get issues up to 2005. The policy of dating the catalogue "for the coming year" makes the gap even more painfully visible.
At the same time the second edition does not fill blank spaces left in the first one. Let me give you just one example - Belarus, a country which issues only commemorative coins in moderate mintages but an impressive number. Let's look up the most popular denomination - copper-nickel 1 rouble. 2001 - 2 out of 4 are missing, 2002 - 4 out of 5, 2003 - listing complete, 2004 - 5 out of 10 missing, 2005 - 1 out of 10, and that is the end. Nothing from 2006 and 2007. You don't believe me? Don't take my word for it, check the website of the National Bank of Belarus. It is in English. The editors apparently did not.
That's the catch - most of the information this catalog is missing is readily available on the Internet. Updating the catalogue would take a week at most and that would include looking up current coin prices on eBay. Because the prices are just as dated as the rest, they don't take into consideration the rise of silver and gold and the fall of the dollar in relation to other currencies.
However, so far no one has done it better and that is the saddest part. So if you don't have the week to browse the Internet, and want information on recently issued coins in a reasonably handy volume, go ahead and buy it. Just remember that the editors did not have the week as well, and you, at some point, will have to do their research anyway.
4 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Very disappointingApr 07, 2007
It is sad they split up the giant edition but it was inevitable. The combined edition was just too big.
The problem with this one is that it is too expensive for so little. Many dates even countries are missing when I know for a fact that modern coins were made since 2001.
Mintages that have been missing from these books for years still are not in this edition. What a shame.
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