December 2, 2010 – The commemorative medal provides a unique record of Britain and its people, documenting history and achievements over a five hundred year period and presenting them in an immediately accessible manner.
British Commemorative Medals and their values by Christopher Eimer. London, 2010. Quarto, pp. 576. Casebound, paper jacket. Beautifully illustrated throughout in colour. £75.00.
The first edition of British Commemorative Medals and their Values established itself as a standard work of reference soon after publication in 1987. The eagerly awaited second edition has been updated with revised entries and values and much additional information, together with 2000 colored images, some of them published for the first time.
2300 medals are listed in the catalogue, all of which are fully described with informative entries, biographical and historical notes and a guide to current market values.
The information is further complemented by extensive bibliographic references, notes on using the catalogue and an introduction to the subject. An index of medalists provides details of the engravers and those associated with the manufacture and publication of medals. A comprehensive general index allows medals to be located under the various criteria of sitter and subject matter with speed and ease.
With a considerable amount of information within its covers, the book has been designed for practical use and always with the reader in mind. It will not only serve collectors and dealers, but also those with a broader interest in the arts, scientific developments, naval and military affairs and social and political history.