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Watercraft on World Coins by Yossi Dotan

“In the realm of coins there are two major hobbyists, the collector and the numismatist. The former merely amasses coins for the pleasure of having them while the latter goes much further. The numismatist strives to uncover the history including every fascinating detail associated with each coin. Mr. Yossi Dotan is definitely a numismatist and in the field of coins depicting watercraft is one of its foremost authorities. In fact it is highly doubtful that any person exceeds his knowledge of SHIP COINS. His book shares this learning of many decades; it is a most needed tool for collectors, numismatists, and historians.” Dr. Lloryel W. Antoine, Ed.D, CPO USN (retired), of Florida, USA wrote a monthly column on “ship coins” in World Coin News for five years in the 1990s, and is the author of the book Nautical Numismatics

“Yossi Dotan’s Watercraft on World Coins: Volume I – Europe 1800-2005 will long be the standard of numismatic topical descriptions. His research is richly detailed and the narratives of ships – particularly fighting ships, but also cargo carriers – of the last two centuries is not only amazingly accurate but also extremely interesting reading for all students of naval warfare, shipping, and of course, numismatics. I highly recommend this book for the library of any numismatist as well as anyone interested in naval history.” Mr. Charles R. Hosch of Georgia, USA is the author of Heraldic Coats of Arms on Coins of the World, 1700–1998: Complete Descriptions (1998) and World Gold Proof Sets Since 1900 – Complete Descriptions (2002)

“Thanks to Yossi Dotan’s research journey, the Watercraft on World Coins series is unique. These coins form the basis for exciting and intriguing tales.” Cees van Romburgh, Maritime Historian, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“With thoughtful story-lines, excellent research and superb illustrations, this book is an exciting literary journey to hundreds of distant and exotic shores. This comprehensive study of watercraft depicted on coins will be of interest not only to maritime history enthusiasts, but also to coin collectors and numismatists.” Cecilia Meir, Curator of the Kadman Numismatic Pavilion, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv

“This volume, with its presentation of comprehensive data for each ship, fills a long-existing gap. The book raises high expectations for the next two volumes and may even give rise to a sequel that will narrate coins (and perhaps even tokens) of the 17th and 18th centuries.” Harm-Henning Kuhlmann, editor of Numisnautik

Fram, Golden Hind, Santa Maria, Vasa, and H.M.S. Victory are names of famous ships that have played a part in Europe’s maritime history. The stories associated with these and many other ships are told in this book of “ship coins”. Each narrative provides the historical background and watercraft experience and circumstance of the soldiers, sailors, admirals and generals, explorers, naval commanders and fishermen who sometimes through bravery and sometimes through human error have merited a place in the historical record, and are associated with particular vessels that have merited the striking of a coin in record and rememberance.

This book is the first ever to narrate the history through the medium of ships featured on coins. Each entry contains information on the ships, wherever available (length, beam, depth and tonnage). The book constitutes a catalogue of ship coins organized according to the popular KM numbering system, with groupings under separate headings where ships have a common design. The coin images represent the many different ways in which the ships are depicted. Each volume contains a select bibliography and an index listing the ships, persons and other major topics covered in the narratives.

Volume I: Europe will be followed by Volume II: America and Asia, 1800–2008 and Volume III: Africa and Oceania, 1800–2011

Publication Details

ISBN: 978-1-89859-549-6 p/b
Page Extent / Format: 272 pp. / 246 x 152 mm
Release Date: June 2007
Illustrated: with 200 coin illustrations
Paperback Price: £35.00 / $55.00

Publisher: Sussex Academic Press

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