The Early Dated Coins of Europe 1234-1500
Levinson, R. A. The Early Dated Coins of Europe 1234-1500. An illustrated catalogue and guide to dated medieval coinage. New Jersey, 2007. Large quarto. 289 pages, illustrations throughout, rarity guide. Casebound. This book presents for the first time, a comprehensive listing, by date, region, state and mint, of all known types of gold, silver and copper coins struck in medieval Europe with an Anno Domini date of 1500 or earlier. These 'early dated' coins,' form one of the first links between medieval and modern coinage. Anno Domini dating on coins using latin script did not begin until the mid-13th century and did not become prevalent in Europe until three centuries later. Separating those few coins with dates from the many struck without them at a thousand mints and by hundreds of different coin-issuing authorities was a daunting task. This book expands mightily on the only volume remotely comparable, the long out of print work authored by Albert Frey in 1915. It has taken Robert Levinson more than fifteen years to bring this book to fruition and looks as though this book will be a standard reference for years to come.