Lou Golino published a "preview" in Coin World August 31, 2015 of the upcoming Whitman book by Ron Guth. -Editor
In September Whitman Publishing will release a delightful and extraordinary new book in its “100 greatest” series by award-winning
numismatic writer Ron Guth called 100 Greatest Women on Coins.
Mr. Guth was inspired to write the book after becoming interested in suffragist Alice Paul and taking an online course in 2013 on the
history of American women. Those experiences made him curious about women that have appeared on coins, and more specifically, how many
women have appeared on coins since a list of them could help collectors put together women-focused collections.
After compiling his own list of over 600 women that have appeared on coins throughout history, he contacted Charmy Harker, a dealer who
is president of Women in Numismatics (WIN), and asked the members of that organization to select 100 women from his larger list and rank
them by importance or interest.
That effort produced the list that formed the basis for his book. The women covered in it fall into four categories: “real (or actual)
women; goddesses; allegorical women, who represent an idea, concept, or nationality; and women in art.”
Each of the 100 women he discusses is represented with beautiful color images of at least one coin that depicts them, a photograph of
the individual, and a brief discussion of the woman and what made her unique or outstanding. He also includes a short description of how
difficult it is to acquire coins that bear her image.
The first ten women, who include figures such as Mary, the mother of Jesus, Hellen Keller, Mother Theresa, Susan B. Anthony, and
Cleopatra, each receive a longer essay than the other 90 women.
He notes that the women covered in the book, including the top ten, reflect the personal preferences of the 18 members of WIN who
responded to his request and that they tended to prefer real women, American women, and religious women. Future editions, as he explains,
are likely to cover different women as the voting base expands and changes, and that would be a welcome improvement in my view.
This is a terrific book for several reasons.
First, his pithy essays on each woman are informative and a joy to read. And they underscore the important and often not well-known role
women have played in history and their accomplishments in every field of human endeavor.
Second, the photographs of the coins and the women are a stunning collection you will not find anywhere else.
Third, the book will stimulate you interest and leave you wanting to know more about the women and eager to acquire some of the coins or
start a new collection. Guth helpfully includes suggestions for doing all of those things with his bibliography and information for
To read the complete article, see:
100 GREATEST WOMEN ON COINS COMING SOON
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: 100 GREATEST WOMEN ON COINS
Wayne Homren, Editor
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