Anyone who has spoken to retired dealer Don Bailey about his series of books on Mexican numismatics this decade knows that publication has been a long time in coming.
Truth be told, the volumes represent a life’s work, encapsulated in print.
The second volume in the four-book Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money series was released June 30.
The series is authored by the longtime dealer and researcher in Mexican numismatics and his wife Lois. This second volume follows the September 2014 release of Volume 1. This latest emission covers the modern coins of Mexico in depth.
The 480-page hardcover book features many of the most popularly collected Mexican coins: issues of the coinage reform of 1905; the coinage reform of 1992 to date; Mint and Proof sets; silver bullion coinage (1949, 1978 to 1980); gold medallic coinage (1953 and 1957); gold bullion coinage (1953, 1957, 1999), including the Cultural Fusion Series of 2011; the silver, gold, and platinum Libertad series of 1982 to date; and the Pre-Columbian Collections coin programs.
Illustrated essays study the coinage emblems from the Aztec Calendar Stone, the history of design styles of the Mexican heraldic eagle, and many other cultural topics related to Mexican coinage.
The work's other resources benefiting collectors, dealers and historians include bullion-value tables for common gold and silver coins; a glossary of numismatic terms; a bibliography; biographies and histories of important leaders and themes featured on Mexican coinage; and a detailed index.
Beth Deisher, longtime editor of Coin World who expanded the newspaper’s coverage of Mexican numismatics starting in the 1980s, wrote volume 2’s foreword. She calls it “a must-have reference for anyone interested in collecting or investing in modern Mexican coins.”
Bailey and wife Lois were often sighted at major coin shows in the United States and Mexico for decades, before their semi-retirement in 2010.
Other volumes in the series
“The Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money is the only series of its kind: a set of in-depth, richly illustrated, full-color history and price guides for collectors of Mexican coins — a growing field in the hobby,” said Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker.
The first volume of the Encyclopedia is an introduction for collectors and historians — an overview and history of Mexican coinage and currency, illustrated with 1,182 images. It covers pre-Columbian money to the colonial era, the independence movement, revolutions, modern coinage reforms, commemorative programs, and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.
Volume 1 covers all regular coinage issues by type, with years, Mint marks, assayers, and relevant comments, plus confirmed die varieties. It catalogs Mexican coinage with the comprehensive new Bailey-Whitman (BW) numbering system, cross-referenced to older systems. The Whitman Encyclopedia includes many coins unlisted in earlier reference books.
A new specially designed font system for Mexican Mint marks improves on earlier, less accurate typographical treatments.
In addition to coins, Volume 1 explores Mexican primitive money, patterns, tokens, sets, orders and decorations, medals, paper money, and other specialized numismatic topics.
Additional resources for collectors and researchers included in Volume 1 are charts of the precious-metal content (and resulting bullion values) of Mexican coinage going back to the first milled coinage of 1732; a glossary of terms relevant to Mexican and general numismatics; a bibliography; and an index.
At 496 pages, in a hard cover, Volume 1 includes a foreword by Dr. Manuel Galán Medina, retired Director General of Currency Issues for the Banco de México