Numismatic reference books, est. 1959


BNTA_smallWelcome to the website of Rotographic Publications. We are a small family run publishing company that has specialised in numismatic titles since 1965. Rotographic published the biggest selling coin book of all-time, namely “Check Your Change”, which sold 1.75 million copies in 5 years. Today we are known for our high quality accurate price-guides and reference books on modern coins, ancient coins, medals and banknotes. Currently there are 14 titles available in printed form and 13 as eBooks. For more information about these or to purchase them in eBook format, please use the menu links above. Rotographic is a member of the British Numismatic Trade Association.

News about new Rotographic titles, as well as other developments will appear on this page, below this message and usually from the Rotographic Facebook feed on the right of every page.

New Titles Coming Soon

(UPDATED EDITION) Collectors’ Coins GB 2016 (1760-1970) - has now been printed and is available now. See further information here.

(UPDATED EDITION) – Collectors’ Coins – Decimal Issues of the UK 1968 – 2016 – is now complete and available. See here.

(UPDATED EDITION) Collectors’ Bank Notes (Treasury and Bank of England – Written permission has recently been given by the Bank of England for Rotographic to reproduce images of bank notes in a new edition of ‘Collectors’ Bank notes’ which should be finished during mid 2016.

(UPDATED EDITION) Bronze Coinage of Great Britain - In May 2016 Rotographic will produce a paperback and eBook version of Michael J Freeman’s ‘The Bronze Coinage of Great Britain’ (further details also on the main menu and homepage).

UPDATED EDITION – Roman Base Metal Coins – a Price Guide and Roman Silver Coins – A Price Guide – During 2016 updated (new price data) versions of both books will be published.

(NEW EDITION) Greek Coin Types and Their Identification:

Re-printed 14 years ago, but basically unchanged since the 1980 version. It is still probably the best book available on ancient Greek coin identification. Work is currently in progress on creating a new edition which will have weights in metric for the first time, as well as some updates and changes. The 350 page work with 2750 illustrations will also be available as an eBook and possibly as an interactive app. It’s a massive task and is being worked on right now! Watch this space.

(NEW BOOK) On British Gold Sovereigns 1817 to date, Title TBC:

An all new book by a respected gold coin specialist on British gold sovereigns, their varieties, rarity and values.

The Bronze Coinage of Great Britain

Available now, more details here.

I’m pleased to announce that Rotographic have secured the exclusive rights to publish “The Bronze Coinage of Great Britain” by Michael J. Freeman in paperback and eBook form. The new book (cover shown to the left) will be less than half the cost of the currently available hardback only edition.

This book is considered one of the most important works on British bronze coinage and in actual fact it is the only single reference for all three of the bronze pre-decimal coin denominations (the penny, halfpenny and farthing). It’s reference numbers are commonly used by all coin auction houses and many sellers of bronze coins to denote the specific coin variety.

Initially the book will be published for the first time as a paperback in it’s original current form, as first produced in 1985, but with over 80% new images in the main section and the important addition of a new appendix containing details of over 100 new coin varieties. Unlike the previous edition, it will not include decimals as not only did it only cover up to 1984, it was also felt that there are other books on decimals, including the current Rotographic title “Collectors’ Coins – Decimal Issues of the UK“. The values list at the back will also be removed as they tend to go out of date very quickly and for the rarer types the values are only ever educated guesses and cannot always be accurate. The eBook version (compatible with smartphones, tablets and e-readers) will help open the book up to an entirely new generation of collector.

In the future it is hoped that it can be expanded to include all of the newly discovered varieties within the main text, with new numbering and completely new images, potentially in colour.

TV Appearence

Mackenzie_Crook_to_play_metal_detector_enthusiast_in_one_of_four_new_BBC4_comediesLook out for Rotographic books: Thursday, 10pm on BBC4

A new BBC comedy series focusing on the exploits of two metal detectorists, starring, written and directed by MacKenzie Crook (The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones) used a copy of “Collectors’ Coins GB 2014” on screen. MacKenzie Crook is a keen amateur metal-detectorist in real life and owns a copy of the book. The Rotographic book will be present in the wannabe archaeologists on-screen flat. Here is the original Radio Times announcement.

The six-part series has caused a little controversy among metal-detectorists, as some feel that it will make a mockery of them and unfairly portray them as anoraks. The National Council for Metal Detecting refused to co-operate with the BBC during the making of the series. Here’s more in an article from The Independent.

Here’s another related article from The Telegraph concerning the series.

Whether or not it unfairly ridicules metal-detectorists, well, we’ll just have to wait and see! I’ll report back here with book sightings (hopefully) and with my overall opinion of the first episode after it has aired.

16th October 2014: Six minutes into the 3rd episode “Collectors’ Coins GB 2014″ was visible briefly, on Terry the Detectorists Club leader’s dining room table. It was opened at pages 38 and 39 (pennies 1902 – 1936)! I diligently watched all episodes and this was the only appearance as far as I could see. Not quite the 15 minutes of fame, but I’m very pleased it was featured.

A very enjoyable series. As I suspected, it didn’t make fun of metal detectorists at all. Both the main characters are likeable, sincere and really not any more nerdy than most football fans (for example). I think metal detecting groups that refused to cooperate with the BBC probably made an error of judgement. This series can only be good for the hobby, in fact I looked on Amazon just now and the No.1 book in the coin section was one on metal detecting, which probably isn’t a coincidence.

About 10 years ago two of my coins were shown on Blue Peter (for which I received a Blue Peter badge) and now after this high profile MacKenzie Crook series appearance I expect it’s probably only a matter of time before Hollywood comes knocking.

Irish Coin Images, can you help?

For future editions of “Collectors’ Coins Ireland – 1660-2000” I’d like to obtain a few absent images of coins in order to make it complete! Most are quite difficult to find. Perhaps you can help? Please see the main page for the book, here.

New Look Website

This dynamic new-look website is based on the WordPress system and is hosted on the Predecimal/Rotographic virtual server in Kent. The menu structure is basically the same as it used to be, but the much improved back end allows easier page changes, easier additions and a more modern formatting compared to the old HTML based website. Another big advantage of this new set up is better cross-browser compatibility, which is becoming more important as more and more people access the internet on smart phones and tablet devices with varying screen sizes and browser software.

R J Marles 29/7/1925-24/3/2013

rjmarlesSadly, the founder of Rotographic, Belgravia Press and the author of most of the Rotographic titles up to his semi-retirement from publishing in 2004, has passed away aged 87.

I will always be very grateful to him for building up Rotographic and then allowing me to take the reigns in 2004.

His legacy, which is something very few are able to achieve, is that during his lifetime he was able to educate millions and that more importantly, he was able to inspire thousands. I know that there are many people still active in the field of numismatics, from academics to hobby-collectors that all started their journey as grubby handed youngsters, their tongues poked out in concentration, ticking off their coins in his little booklets!

Richard was an avid collector of Military Money and possessed a fine collection of Military notes and also a good representative collection of Bank of England banknotes, including errors and other scarce types.

I always used to send him copies of the new books, which usually met with his approval (over email, he wasn’t one to shy away from new communication methods)! This year I waited for the new Decimal Coins of the UK to be finished before sending it together with the annual CCGB last week (May 2014). Yesterday it was returned by the post office marked that the addressee was no longer at that address. I contacted Mick Warner, his former business partner and he informed me that he had passed away.

This post will remain here in memorium. If anyone who knew him or was inspired by him would like to share any memories or add anything, please contact me and I’ll publish the words here.

Be published by Rotographic

Have you written or are you planning to write a reference book?

If you have already written, or plan to write a reference book on any subject why not consider having it published through Rotographic. You’ll find Rotographic flexible enough to produce your books no matter how specialised they are, both quickly and efficiently. Rotographic are well established with major book sellers and can easily introduce and promote your book to the major book buyers.

To have your title published by Rotographic, there are no upfront fees! All you have to do is write the book, send it to us as an electronic form, and if suitable your book will be printed and introduced to the resellers. If they think they can sell your book, then it will be published and supplied to the resellers in whatever numbers that your readership demands.

You, as the author will receive a percentage of every book sold. Contact us via email, see the contact details page.

World class Numismatic resource

Another significant numismatic resource with lots of very knowledgeable members and over 100,000 posts is my forum, which can be found here:

It’s completely free to search and to join.

Current Stock Levels

Current stock levels/title availability. This post is for wholesalers and reflects the current level of stock across all Rotographic titles. Many of the books can be printed on demand with a turnaround of about 3-4 weeks, so with enough notice, almost anything can be made available, even in low numbers. Note that this list doesn’t usually reflect the availability of single books.

Collectors’ Coins GB 1760-1970 (2016 ed.) – In Stock
Collectors’ Coins GB 1760-1970 (2015 ed.) – In Stock
Collectors’ Coins, Decimal Issues of the UK (2015 ed.)  – Out of stock, see new ed. below
Collectors’ Coins, Decimal Issues of the UK (2016 ed.) – New edition due mid March 2016 (printing underway)
Collectors’ Coins Ireland (2015 ed.) – In Stock, less than 100 left
The Standard Guide to Grading British Coins – In Stock, less than 150 left
Roman Base Metal Coins – A Price Guide – In Stock, less than 100 left
Roman Silver Coins – A Price Guide – In Stock, less than 100 left
England’s Striking History – In Stock, less than 100 left
Arabic Coins and How to Read them – In Stock
Collectors’ British Military Money - In Stock, less than 100 left
British & Empire Campaign Medals (1792-1901) – In Stock
British & Irish Campaign Medals (1899-2009) - In Stock
Numismatic Journey Through the Bible – In Stock

List updated 23/2/2016.

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