Peters, K. Counterfeit Coins of England and the United Kingdom. The Bibliography and individual counterfeits’ record. 2008. 175 pages, some illustrations. Card covers.
The author, who is the president of the Counterfeit Coin Club, explains in a note “This is the first-ever Bibliography to be published on any area or aspect of counterfeit coins. To be first is to set oneself up for target practice.” This reviewer will not indulge in such target practice but warmly welcomes this venture. The bibliography attempts to list articles on counterfeiting in the British Isle from Celtic times to the present. It also includes any descriptions published on individual counterfeits. As well as printed material sources the bibliography includes sources from the Internet and even video productions. At this point the reviewer needs to declare an interest as this newletter is cited on a number occasions. The printed sources mainly rely on articles in numismatic and archaeological publications but some sources in magazines and the press are listed for the nineteenth and twentieth century. As a retired scientist the reviewer was disappointed so few sources from the scientific journals are cited. However it is to be expected with such a first attempt readers will find gaps and omissions in the listings. The author writes, “I am sure that with assistance, a useful Supplement will evolve in no time at all!” This is all that can be asked from such a venture. This is not a book meant for reading from cover to cover, it is meant for reference or research. The reviewer has already found it useful in listing the edition of “The Strand Magazine” that covers “coining” in the 1890s. The details of this reference had been sought for some time