new 354-page book, El Numiscadero, is the most extensive
Spanish–English numismatic dictionary in the hobby, according to its
author, veteran numismatist Gary Beals, of San Diego, Calif.
dictionary has a full-color plastic laminated cover with a sewn spine
and fold-in wings. It lists 2,543 Spanish terms, 1,876 English terms
and has 1,264 illustrations and photographs.
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book has four sections: an introduction, a Spanish to English
glossary, a English to Spanish glossary, and a special section of
lists that include major numismatic associations, an explanation of
grading systems, current spending power of old Spanish coins, money slang, monarchs of Spain, monarchs of
Great Britain, Roman emperors, popes, and presidents of the United
States. More listings at the rear of the book augment the main
glossaries and clarify certain points.
and English-speaking collectors have a lot to share with each other,”
Beals said, in a press release. “This book is a tool to make the
numismatic learning curve more fun and a richer experience. This is a
jumping off point into deeper corners of the coin collecting world.
Sometimes there are three or four numismatic languages to consider,”
points to the process of rolling the edges of coins for stacking,
which is called “upsetting” in American English, “rimming” in British
English, and “torculadora work” in Spanish. Just as American English
and British English differ, some Spanish terms in the Americas differ
from those of Spain.
Wayne Johnson, first editor of Coin World and a veteran medals
expert, was technical editor for the book.
first edition of 1,000 serially numbered copies have been printed, for
distribution split equally between Europe and the Americas.
book costs $39, but is available for $30 for members of any numismatic
club or organization. To order the book, email Beals.