David R Sear. Published by Spink & Son Ltd, London. Millennium edition, 2000. HB (dark blue cloth with gilt-titled spine). 532 pages. Well illustrated throughout the text with good b&w photographs. 135 x 215mm. ISBN 190204035X Secondhand, d/j shows signs of a little use, but it might just be storage-soiling, for the contents are as new.
This trusted series began in 1936 with a paperback listing of coins for sale compiled by B A Seaby. Various people, especially David Sear, have since revised, improved and repriced the various editions.
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 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 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 greatly increased, and their quality improved.