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The Reformation Coin and Medal Collection of Concordia Historical Institute

by Harmelink, Daniel

Item #: 124492 / 2016 / Hardback / 309 Pages


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The Reformation Coin and Medal Collection of the Concordia Historical Institute is one of the most significant institutional collections outside of Germany.

This book features the highest-quality digital photography of the 835-piece collection. Detailed descriptions of each piece include information on weight, diameter, visual elements, legends, designer, and mint, as well as references from numismatic reference works and recent auctions. Legends, Scripture references, locations, diameters, persons, and visual elements are also indexed.

This volume is designed for those just beginning to appreciate Reformation numismatics as an important visual witness to the truths rediscovered by Martin Luther and the Reformation. It also serves as a reference work for future research in numismatics, history, theology, the visual arts, culture and language.

"If you are an art lover, a history buff or PhD, interested in coins and medals, a devotee of Christian and cultural history, and/or a fervid confessor of the faith as recovered and advocated by Luther and the Reformation, you are going to take great delight in this volume!

"These medals and coins bear testimony to the Christian faith and the Lutheran Confession (and its opponents!). They demonstrate how that confession was both appropriated and at times distorted over the centuries. Daniel Harmelink, one of the world’s leading Reformation numismatists, provides a guided tour to Reformation numismatics in general and detailed descriptions of each piece."
—Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

"The Reformation Coin and Medal Collection of Concordia Historical Institute is a tour de force in the field of numismatics and the most comprehensive book written on the topic found in the English language. The photography is gorgeous, and the book is a must for libraries and for Reformation institutes. Yet, the book is not for specialists alone, but also for those who want to understand the Reformation and how it was confessed more thoroughly. The book would adorn any coffee table well."
—Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, Director of Church Relations; Assistant to the President, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

About the author:
Daniel Harmelink serves as Executive Director of Concordia Historical Institute, President of the International Association of Reformation Coins and Medals (IARCM), and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Lutheran Bible Institute in California. After twenty years of studying Reformation numismatics, he partnered with German medallist Victor Huster in 2010 to design and strike high-relief commemorative Reformation medals in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. Their 2011 medal “Luther the Rising Swan” won first prize in the Deutschen Medailleurpreis Johann Veit Döll competition for 2012.

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Visually Striking, Numismatically & Theologically Useful

If you collect Reformation era coins or Reformation medals, you will want this book. It is the collection of the Concordia Historical Institute and features 835 coins and medals. It was compiled by the Rev. Daniel Harmelink, the Executive Director of Concordia Historical Institute and President of the International Association of Reformation Coins and Medals (IARCM). The catalog is in full color, the photographs of the coins are excellent (a feast for the eyes!) as some of these are the finest known or among the finest known examples. The book has a glossy hardcover, was printed on high quality, matte paper (no glare) and lays open nicely - a feature I'm sure collectors will appreciate. The book includes: 1) A brief history of the collection 2) A short, 4 part theological section 3) A brief descriptive bibliography of ten catalogs for Reformation coin & medal collectors, telling what each one covers. 4) A key to the meaning of certain symbols. 5) A helpful section regarding German & Latin legends. 6) Six indexes: Scripture reference, Places, Persons, Catalog References, Diameters & Legends. The book is approx 12x9x1 in size, a coffee table book in size. It is suitable for just gazing at (the pictures are really nice) or for serious numismatic use as the descriptions are quite detailed and include Date, Occasion, Place, Ruler, Medallist, Obverse & Reverse descriptions, Size (in millimeters) and Weight (in grams) and Catalog references. There is nothing missing I can think of, however, for future editions, I would suggest a searchable PDF on CD or thumb drive like the Krause Standard Catalog of World Coins so collectors and dealers can have an electronic copy on hand at coin shows for ready reference or so that researchers would be able to copy and paste portions of the book into numismatic & theological research papers and articles.

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