Rice, G. Irish Tavern Tokens. The John Sweeney Collection Supplemented by other Collections. 2013. Published jointly by the Numismatic Society of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks. 113 pages, b/w illustrations throughout. Card covers.
This superb publication is the result of many years research based on the John Sweeney collection of Tavern tokens which has been supplemented by tokens from other collections. The result is the most comprehensive publication of Irish Tavern Tokens to date and it brings new dimensions to the study of this branch of numismatics. Gerard Rice has written this comprehensive book for numismatists, be they collectors or students of the subject, and it illustrates 350 examples from a catalogue of over 400 Irish tavern tokens. Most were struck by the company controlled by John Craig Parkes at the Coombe in Dublin. Individual tokens are fully described and are crossed-referenced to other popular tavern token catalogues. When known, the provenance of an individual token is listed. Each piece, including the issuing proprietor, has been carefully researched and recorded and where a social context is understood, that too is included, making the finished volume a comprehensive commentary on the licensed trade as evidenced by the tavern tokens of post famine Dublin. For easy reference the book includes an index of types, an index of places and an index of issuers.