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There are more than 550 coins illustrated and discussed in this book, and all of them are Not Kosher...In other words they are forgeries, often intended to deceive unwitting collectors. David Hendin, an acknowledged expert on ancient Jewish and Biblical coins, has collected and researched these neglected forgeries for more than 35 years. He makes his diagnostic methodology and database of photographs available to scholars, collectors and dealers in this work. He writes: "When apparently legitimate college professors and scholars were prepared to authenticate, as genuine, ancient Jewish coins that even a beginning collector could identify as spurious, the time had come to document all those known fakes." [hardcover, 224 pages, b&w photos].
The history of some of the world’s rarest and most interesting coins comes alive in the author’s stories, which are illustrated with beautiful high-quality color photographs. Beginning with ancient coins struck nearly 2,500 years ago, the reader goes on a tour of political, military and religious conflict that brings him forward to the 20th century. Read about the ancient Roman coin that commemorated the assassination of Julius Caesar and the early American issue struck to pay the maker’s bar tab. See works of art in coins created by ancient artists of Syracuse and a coin designed by Benjamin Franklin. This is a wonderful book that both collectors and non-collectors will thoroughly enjoy.