Numismatic authors Ronachai Krisadaolarn and Vasilijs Mihailovs are honored recipients of the annual book price award from the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN).
Conducted annually since 1982, the latest IAPN Book Prize Award Ceremony was held on Jan. 19, 2014 in Bangkok Thailand. More than 100 collectors, dealers, enthusiasts and personal friends of the authors attended.
IAPN honored Krisadaolarn and Mihailovs for their 271-page reference book entitled Siamese Coins from Funan to the Fifth Reign. (Amazon link.)
The new book "takes Thai coinage to another level of academics," describes IAPN "The hard cover book is 271 pages, with color images, including graphs and charts discussing the emblems and iconography of Thai coinage. This reference is a definite ‘must have’ for any serious numismatic library."
Until Siamese Coins from Funan to the Fifth Reign came along, IAPN notes that very little was published on Thai coinage with the last major reference solely on the subject written some 80 years ago.
The first ever book in English on Siamese coins, Krisadaolarn and Mihailovs recorded historical data and scientific analysis of the coins to include their metallic makeup. The book also discusses how to distinguish genuine coins from counterfeits. The acknowledgments cite major collections as well as museums and institutions for allowing their collections to be viewed and cataloged. Some of these include the Bank of Thailand Museum, The Royal Thai Mint Museum and The National Museum of Thailand.
IAPN’s book prize award honors numismatic authors for what the organization considers "the best numismatic publication of the year." First place includes a medal, a diploma and a monetary reward.