Woodhead, P. Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles, 47. The Herbert Schneider Collection. Volume One. English Gold Coins 1257 – 1603. London, 1996. Quarto, pp. xiii, 463, 83 plates. Cloth, jacket.
The Herbert Schneider Collection of gold coins was formed over a period of 50 years by one of the leading experts in the field. The first volume covering gold coins from 1257 ï¾– 1603 was published in 1996, followed by the second volume covering English gold coins from 1603 ï¾– 20th century, published in 2002. It is the finest collection in private hands and is outranked only by that of the British Museum. This volume, the first of two, runs from the reign of Henry III to that of Elizabeth I. The introduction discusses for each ruler the background, the terms of the coin issues based based on surviving mint documents, the numismatic classification, and the modern literature. The meticulous catalogue of the 890 coins gives full transcriptions of the legends and details of the classification and die-linking of each coin.