The International Association of Professional Numismatists (I.A.P.N.) conducted the ceremony for its annual book prize award January 19th 2014 in Bangkok Thailand. The event was held at the Imperial Queens Park Hotel with more than 100 collectors, dealers, enthusiasts and personal friends of the author in attendance. This year the I.A.P.N. honored numismatic authors Ronachai Krisadaolarn and Vasilijs Mihailovs for their ground breaking work on Thailand: Siamese Coins from Funan to the Fifth Reign. Their reference has quickly become the standard in the field of Thai coinage.
The book is not only exceptionally done, but also well needed in this field. Prior to this, very little has been published on Thai coinage. That which has is often hard to acquire, or is scattered through various publications and journals. Also of note, the last major reference solely on the subject was written some 80 years ago by Reginald Le May.
The new work by Krisadaolarn and Mihailovs work takes Thai coinage to another level of academics. The basis of their work began with lectures given by Ronachai Krisadaolarn at the National Museum of Thailand in Bangkok in the 1980’s and 1990’s. An extensive amount of time and research was put forth by the authors to make this project possible.
They record historical data as well as scientific analysis of the coins, including analyzing the metal with X-ray Fluorescence and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy tests. The reference also discusses the diagnostic features of genuine coins as along with those of known counterfeits as well as how to detect them.
The acknowledgements cite many major collections, museums and institutions for allowing their collections to be viewed and catalogued. These include the Bank of Thailand Museum, The National Museum of Thailand and The Royal Thai Mint Museum to name just a few. The hard cover book is 271 pages, with color images, including graphs and charts discussing the emblems and iconography of Thai coinage. This reference is a definite “must have” for any serious numismatic library.
About the I.A.P.N. Book Prize Award
Since 1982, the I.A.P.N has annually conducted its book prize award honoring numismatic authors for what the organization considers “the best numismatic publication of the year”. Each year books are submitted to the I.A.P.N. and voted on at their annual congress.
First place consists of a medal, a diploma, and a monetary reward. Books suitable for the prize must be submitted to the Chairman of the Publication Committee at least 30 days prior to the current years General Assembly of the Association.