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Numismatic Books by David R. Sear

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The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators 49-27 B.C.

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THE HISTORY AND COINAGE OF THE ROMAN IMPERATORS 49-27 BC by David Sear

The brief period covered in this book witnessed the violent transition of the Roman state from a republican constitution, presided over by the Senate, to a full military autocracy under the control of one man, the Emperor Augustus. In reality, the events of these years were merely the culmination of a movement which had been gathering strength over the preceding half-century, since the rise of men such as Marius and Sulla. Caesar had put events into motion by his invasion of Italy and his challenge to Pompey's dominant position in Roman politics. With his assassination on the Ides of March, 44 B.C., Caesar's role was inherited by his youthful great-nephew Octavian who, against seemingly hopeless odds, succeeded in eliminating his rivals for supreme power, notably Mark Antony and his ambitious consort Cleopatra, queen of Egypt. This book traces in detail the unfolding of this drama. Each of its six chapters includes a comprehensive catalogue listing of all the relevant coin types and varieties, each with a full discussion of its significance in the interpretation of the events of the period. Information on the rarity of each type, including estimates of current value, is presented in a separate table. The numerous, though less precisely understood, local coinages of the Imperatorial period are listed in an extensive appendix. Whilst providing a comprehensive numismatic reference work for the age of transition from Republic to Empire the author has also aimed to heighten the historian's awareness of the vital role which may be played by the numismatic evidence in the detailed chronicling of event.
BK43171. The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators 49-27 B.C. by David R. Sear, a detailed survey including valuations for collectors, 1998, 360 pages, illustrated throughout, hardback; $85.00 SALE PRICE $68.00 Out of Stock!


Roman Coins and Their Values, Volume I

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ROMAN COINS AND Their VALUES, Volume One, The Republic and the Twelve Caesars 280 BC - AD 96 by David Sear

The original edition of Sear's Roman Coins and Their Values was published by Seaby thirty-six years ago and has been through four revisions (1970, 1974, 1981 and 1988). However, the publication of the Millennium Edition of this popular work makes a radical departure from previous editions. The catalogue entries have been expanded to include a virtually complete listing of the entire Roman Republican series, as well as more comprehensive coverage of the much larger and more complex Imperial series. Greater emphasis is now placed on the precise chronology and place of mintage of each type and extensive coverage is given to the important series of billon and bronze coins struck at Alexandria over a period of more than 300 years. The valuations have been exhaustively researched from recent auction records and fixed price catalogues and many professional numismatists have contributed their valuable opinions on specific series. Prices (both in British pounds and US dollars) are now expressed in either two or three grades of preservation for each entry, usually VF and EF for precious metal issues, and F, VF and EF for Imperial Bronzes. Perhaps most importantly for the collector, the number of photographic illustrations in the text has been increased, and their quality improved. Expansion on this scale has inevitably led to a need to divide the work into more than one volume, but collectors and dealers will now find it of much greater value both as a source of information and as a comprehensive work of reference for this vast and complex series.
BKBSME1. Roman Coins and Their Values, Volume I by David R. Sear, Millennium Edition, 532 pages, more than 1,200 illustrations, valuations in £ and US$, hardback, special price!; $58.00 (Ä51.62)


Roman Coins and Their Values, Volume Two

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ROMAN COINS AND Their VALUES, Volume Two, The Accession of Nerva to the Overthrow of the
Severan Dynasty AD 96 - AD 235 by David Sear

Volume II extends coverage of the Imperial series from Nerva, the thirteenth Caesar and first of the Adoptive emperors, down to the overthrow of the Severan dynasty in 235. It encompasses what may justifiably be termed the golden age of the Roman imperial coinage. The full development of the Augustan system of coin denomination and perfection of the method by which government propaganda was communicated to the citizenry through the medium of coinage both reached their peak during these fourteen decades. The preceding coinages of the Julio-Claudian and Flavians periods had seen much experimentation with the currency system and tentative early steps in the development of the propaganda potential of the reverse types. The coinages of the Adoptive emperors and those of the Antonine and Severan dynasties saw the ultimate fulfillment of this process resulting in a coinage of unprecedented volume and complexity. The number of types included in the listings shows a dramatic increase and the proportion of illustrated coins is much greater than before. Throughout the catalogue the current market valuations have been expressed in two currencies (pound sterling and US dollars) and in at least two grades of preservation - usually VF and EF for precious metal coins, and F and VF for the billon and bronze issues of Roman Egypt. For regular aes denominations (sestertii, dupondi, asses, etc.) valuations in three grades (F, VF and EF) have normally been provided. Another feature not present in earlier editions is the inclusion of the mint and precise date of each type. The biographical sketches at the commencement of each reign and under certain subsidiary headings have been revised.
BKBSME2. Roman Coins and Their Values, Volume Two by David R. SEAR, 696 pages, illustrations throughout, valuations in £ and US$ in at least two grades of preservation, hardback, laminated jacket, special price!; $58.00 (Ä51.62) Out of Stock!


Greek Coins and Their Values, Volume II: Asia and Africa

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Greek Coins and Their Values, Volume II: Asia and Africa by David R. Sear


The most complete and comprehensively illustrated collectors guide to the coins of the Greek world. Covering the city coinages of the Greek east from Syria and Phoenicia to Babylonia and Baktria. North Africa, including the important mints of Kyrene and Carthage, forms the third part of the catalogue. The final section is devoted to the regal issues of the principal kingdoms of the Hellenistic Age ending with Cleopatra VII of Egypt whose death brought to an end the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt.
BK65547. Greek Coins and Their Values, Volume II: Asia and Africa by David R. Sear, London 1979, reprinted 2000, 446 pages, 4 tables of ancient alphabets, 11 maps, 4,500 coins listed, with 2,000 coin illustrations, valuations, hardback, special price!; $58.00 SALE PRICE $52.20


Greek Coins and Their Values. Volume I: Europe

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Greek Coins and Their Values, Volume I: Europe by David R. Sear

This catalogue sets out to achieve what has not been attempted before, a listing of every main type of ancient Greek coinage. The average collector should be able to locate in this catalogue all the types likely to be encountered, in one denomination or another; the historical notes provide valuable background information. Complementing this comprehensive listing of Greek coins is a selection of contemporary Celtic coins, the designs of which are derived largely from Greek types. This first volume covers the Greek coins of Europe arranged in geographical order from Spain in the West to the Peloponnese and Crete.
BK65548. Greek Coins and Their Values. Volume I: Europe by David R. Sear, London 1978, reprinted 2000, 318 pages, 4 tables of ancient alphabets, 11 maps, 3,395 coins listed, with 1,500 coin illustrations, valuations, hardback, special price!; $58.00 SALE PRICE $52.20


Byzantine Coins and Their Values

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Byzantine Coins and their Values by David R. Sear

The Byzantine Empire lasted for almost a thousand years after the fall of the Roman Empire in the West. The period covered by this catalogue is from the reign of Anastasius I (491-518) until the capture of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453. When this catalogue was first published in 1974 it was hailed as containing more information in a concise form than any other single volume on the Byzantine series. This edition incorporates the research of the intervening years, new attributions and new coins that have been recognised. The later Palaeologan period has been completely revised by Simon Bendall and an Appendix has been added covering the gold forgeries of the 'Beirut' and allied schools that have caused collectors some concern. Over 2,500 coins in gold, silver and bronze are listed, valued and illustrated with more than 600 photographs, giving a virtual type catalogue of the Byzantine series. The Introduction discusses the types, mints, denominations, dates and inscriptions found on Byzantine coins and includes seven maps and a table of monograms. This is an invaluable guide to the whole of the Byzantine series and is already a standard reference work.
BKBSB. Byzantine Coins and Their Values by David R. Sear, 2nd edition, revised and enlarged.1987, reprinted, London 2000, 528 pages, illustrated throughout, valuations, hardback, special price!; $58.00 SALE PRICE $52.20


Greek Imperial Coins and Their Values

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GREEK IMPERIAL COINS AND THEIR VALUES by David R. Sear.

This catalogue is unique in providing the collector with the only comprehensive and authoritative guide devoted specifically to the local coinages of the Roman Empire, undoubtedly the most neglected series in the whole of ancient classical numismatics. Greek Imperial coins span more than three centuries from Augustus to Diocletian, and were issued at over six hundred mints from Spain in the west to Mesopotamia in the east. The catalogue is arranged in three sections; first, the coins bearing the heads of emperors and empresses are catalogued in their chronological sequence, reign by reign. This arrangement aids the collector in identification and emphasizes the true importance of the local series as a complement to the empire-wide Roman state coinage. Within each reign the issues are placed in their traditional geographical sequence, as are the quasi-autonomous coins (those without imperial names and portraits) which are listed separately in section two. The third section of the catalogue lists contemporary coinages - the products of independent and semi-independent states belonging to the same era as Greek Imperial issues - and, in many instances, completes the listing begun in the two volumes of Greek Coins and their Values. In addition to cataloguing and valuing over 6,000 coins, full information is provided on all aspects of the subjects, types and inscriptions, magistrates' titles, city epithets, dates and eras, denominations and marks of value and a full alphabetical listing of all the mints (with ethnics) engaged in the production of Greek Imperial coin.
BKBSGIC. Greek Imperial Coins and Their Values by David R. Sear, The Local Coinage of the Roman Empire, London 1982, Reprinted 1997, xxxvi, 636 pages, illustrated throughout with over 1,750 photographs, 10 maps, valuations, hardback with dust-cover, special price!; $58.00 SALE PRICE $52.20


Roman Coins and Their Values, 4th Revised Edition

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ROMAN COINS AND Their VALUES, 1988 edition, by David Sear

The only one-volume priced guide to the coinage of Republican and Imperial Rome. The original edition of Sear's Roman Coins and Their Values was published by Seaby thirty-six years ago and has been through three revisions (1970, 1974, and 1981). This edition is a reprint of the 1988 Seaby's version. It is an indispensable listing of all major types of gold, silver and bronze, issued over some seven hundred and fifty years by the greatest militaristic state the world has ever known. Over 4,300 coins are included with detailed description and valuations and all major and minor personalities are listed by means of their portrait coins. This fourth revised edition takes notice under the Republic of recent work in the field, especially that of Professor Michael Crawford. In the Imperial period, essential new references that have appeared since the previous edition are all incorporated, for example Dr. J. P. C. Kent's magisterial volume Roman Imperial Coinage VIII, and the late Dr. C. H. V. Sutherland's extensive revision of Roman Imperial Coinage I. The introductory material on denominations, reverse types, mints, mint marks and dating presents a useful background, as do the succinct biographical details that precede the listing of coins issued by emperors and members of the imperial family. Previous editions have been acknowledged by collectors, Roman historians and scholars alike as the most useful single volume reference work in the field. With 12 plates, over 900 photos in the text and a map.
BKBSRCV. Roman Coins and Their Values, 4th Revised Edition by David R. Sear, 1988 edition (reprint), 388 pages, 12 plates, valuations in £, hardback, special price!; $58.00 SALE PRICE $52.20


Roman Coins and Their Values, Volume Three

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ROMAN COINS AND THEIR VALUES, Volume Three, The Accession of Maximus to the Death of Carinus AD235 - AD 285 by David Sear
The third volume of the fully revised and expanded general catalogue of Roman coins extends coverage of the Imperial series from the accession of Maximinus I in AD 235 down to the assassination of Carinus and the accession of Diocletian half a century later.
BK40496. Roman Coins and Their Values, Volume Three by David R. SEAR, The Third Century Crisis and Recovery, A.D. 235-285 (The Accession of Maximus to the Death of Carinus), illustrations throughout, valuations in £ and US$ in at least two grades of preservation, hardback, laminated jacket, special price!; $58.00 SALE PRICE $46.00


Roman Coins and Their Values, Volume IV

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ROMAN COINS AND THEIR VALUES, Volume IV, The Tetrarchies and the Rise of the House of Constantine: The Collapse of Paganism and the Triumph of Christianity, Diocletian to Constantine, AD 284 - 337 by David Sear
This latest volume in the classic series contains a comprehensive listing of the Roman coinage of the period AD 284 - 337 together with background information on the history of each reign.
BKBSME4. Roman Coins and Their Values IV by David R. SEAR, The Tetrarchies and the Rise of the House of Constantine: The Collapse of Paganism and the Triumph of Christianity, Diocletian to Constantine, AD 284 - 337, illustrations throughout, valuations, hardback, laminated jacket, special price!; $58.00 (Ä51.62)











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