Coins are a historical document," said RyAnne Scott, communications coordinator for the American Numismatics Association. Yes, numismatics is a difficult word to pronounce and according to the dictionary it is the collection or study of money, both in coins as well as paper notes.
"If there is not a lot of surviving artifacts, coins can tell a great deal about the culture that produced it," Scott said. When this reporter called the American Numismatics Association in Colorado Springs, the intent was to get comment on professor Holt's book. While she had not heard of the book she pointed out, "we have thousands of books for our members and it sounds like the professor's book would be one that we would want to add to our library." The ANA also has a museum with over 250,000.00 coins. And, their goal is to help people understand and appreciate coins. Coins are one way scholars and researchers can learn a lot about ancient cultures throughout the world.