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The Gold Book: What’s It Worth? A Guide to Commonly Traded Gold Bullion Coins, Bars and Karat Gold Jewelry

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Newly updated (2012) - eBook editionThe Authoritative, Comprehensive Gold Guide for the Novice and the Professional. Simple Format, “What’s It Worth” formula, Systematic, Quick Navigation, Reader Friendly, optimized for eReaders.Reviews:This...


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Newly updated (2012) - eBook edition

The Authoritative, Comprehensive Gold Guide for the Novice and the Professional. Simple Format, “What’s It Worth” formula, Systematic, Quick Navigation, Reader Friendly, optimized for eReaders.

This detailed, illustrated guide to gold coins and bars serves those interested in these objects for their trading rather than their numismatic value. It provides a range of information for more than 80 gold coins issued by 20 countries and approximately 20 bullion bars. A brief introduction gives some useful background information about buying and selling such items and discusses other factors that may influence their value. The main section of the book is a country-by-country listing that illustrates and describes each of the coins. This is followed by a short list of bars arranged by commercial firm of issuance. A series of six appendixes provides additional listings by characteristics that are of particular interest to traders, such as diameter, thickness, gold content, purity, total weight, and fineness. A short glossary, a list of weights and measures, gold prices from 1972 to 1991, conversion tables, a bibliography, and an index round the book out. Almost all the information of interest on these (and many more) gold coins can be found in the wide assortment of standard coin books that appears in most library collections. -Norman D. Stevens, American Reference Books Annual

Margaret Olsen, ASA, is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of Numismatics, and with her colleague, Alison Matthews, has been in the numismatics field for much longer than the seven years of my acquaintance with them. As with most of my favorite specialists, I have always wished for a way to take them along on every appraisal so that I would have their in-depth expertise at hand. At last, Ms Olsen and Ms Matthews have come up with a pocket sized guide to help answer the generalists big question; Does what I have in front of me require a specialist? The Gold Book truly fits the bill. Subtitled, "A guide to Commonly Traded Gold Bullion Coins and Bars". The Gold Book catalogues more than 100 of the popular issues of government and private mints and refineries, organized by country of origin. The user can easily separate coins and medals that might require a numismatic specialist from those that can be valued with a quick trip through the business pages of any major newspaper. The book is well illustrated and organized for the novice, with many of the photographs printed in actual size. The descriptive information clearly gives the information found on the reverse and obverse sides of the subjects. Also included in The Gold Book are the technical specifications such as weight, purity, content, all dimensions, designer and mintage period. The nine appendices provide the information in formats of weight, content, purity, diameter, country and fineness, should the user need to rank their subjects to meet specific client criteria. At the back of the book are a seven page glossary, weights and measures tables, and a survey of high and low gold prices from 1972 through 2012. My favorite appendix is the conversion chart for computing various Avoirdupois weights to Troy weight, and vice versa. For those of us who are well distanced by time from their last math course, this saves a lot of aggravation and potential embarrassment. Olsen and Matthews intended this book for use by anyone with a need to determine the identity and value of gold bullion and coins, and have succeeded. The generalist appraiser can have the first step in identification of numismatic material. As with most specialty materials, this information won't make you an expert overnight, but it can certainly help warn you when its time to call one in. With all of the possibilities for encountering numismatic materials in estate and insurance appraisals, The Gold Book is a must for every appraiser's tool kit.- Terry R. King, ASA. Senior Appraiser