Available now, more details here.
I’m pleased to announce that Rotographic have secured the exclusive rights to publish “The Bronze Coinage of Great Britain” by Michael J. Freeman in paperback and eBook form. The new book (cover shown to the left) will be less than half the cost of the currently available hardback only edition.
This book is considered one of the most important works on British bronze coinage and in actual fact it is the only single reference for all three of the bronze pre-decimal coin denominations (the penny, halfpenny and farthing). It’s reference numbers are commonly used by all coin auction houses and many sellers of bronze coins to denote the specific coin variety.
Initially the book will be published for the first time as a paperback in it’s original current form, as first produced in 1985, but with over 80% new images in the main section and the important addition of a new appendix containing details of over 100 new coin varieties. Unlike the previous edition, it will not include decimals as not only did it only cover up to 1984, it was also felt that there are other books on decimals, including the current Rotographic title “Collectors’ Coins – Decimal Issues of the UK“. The values list at the back will also be removed as they tend to go out of date very quickly and for the rarer types the values are only ever educated guesses and cannot always be accurate. The eBook version (compatible with smartphones, tablets and e-readers) will help open the book up to an entirely new generation of collector.
In the future it is hoped that it can be expanded to include all of the newly discovered varieties within the main text, with new numbering and completely new images, potentially in colour.
Look out for Rotographic books: Thursday, 10pm on BBC4
A new BBC comedy series focusing on the exploits of two metal detectorists, starring, written and directed by MacKenzie Crook (The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones) used a copy of “Collectors’ Coins GB 2014” on screen. MacKenzie Crook is a keen amateur metal-detectorist in real life and owns a copy of the book. The Rotographic book will be present in the wannabe archaeologists on-screen flat. Here is the original Radio Times announcement.
The six-part series has caused a little controversy among metal-detectorists, as some feel that it will make a mockery of them and unfairly portray them as anoraks. The National Council for Metal Detecting refused to co-operate with the BBC during the making of the series. Here’s more in an article from The Independent.
Here’s another related article from The Telegraph concerning the series.
Whether or not it unfairly ridicules metal-detectorists, well, we’ll just have to wait and see! I’ll report back here with book sightings (hopefully) and with my overall opinion of the first episode after it has aired.
16th October 2014: Six minutes into the 3rd episode “Collectors’ Coins GB 2014” was visible briefly, on Terry the Detectorists Club leader’s dining room table. It was opened at pages 38 and 39 (pennies 1902 – 1936)! I diligently watched all episodes and this was the only appearance as far as I could see. Not quite the 15 minutes of fame, but I’m very pleased it was featured.
A very enjoyable series. As I suspected, it didn’t make fun of metal detectorists at all. Both the main characters are likeable, sincere and really not any more nerdy than most football fans (for example). I think metal detecting groups that refused to cooperate with the BBC probably made an error of judgement. This series can only be good for the hobby, in fact I looked on Amazon just now and the No.1 book in the coin section was one on metal detecting, which probably isn’t a coincidence.
About 10 years ago two of my coins were shown on Blue Peter (for which I received a Blue Peter badge) and now after this high profile MacKenzie Crook series appearance I expect it’s probably only a matter of time before Hollywood comes knocking.
For future editions of “Collectors’ Coins Ireland – 1660-2000” I’d like to obtain a few absent images of coins in order to make it complete! Most are quite difficult to find. Perhaps you can help? Please see the main page for the book, here.