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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 47, November 21, 1999, Article 2

NUMISMATIC LITERATURE SALES RECORD SET  

   A Press Release from numismatic literature dealer 
   George Frederick Kolbe announces that "For the first time 
   in history, a numismatic literature firm has sold over one million 
   dollars of numismatic literature at auction in less than a year."  

   In the eleven-month period beginning December 12th, 1998 
   (sale 75, the "Bass I" sale) $1,200,000 of literature was sold. 
   "approximately $500,000 were works on ancient and foreign 
   numismatic topics, the remainder being on American numismatic 
   topics. A great many alltime price records were set, especially 
   in the Bass sales."   Some highlights were:  

   * Two complete sets of the American Journal of Numismatics 
      ($11,000 and $9,000) 
   * Raphael Thian's 1880 Register of the Confederate Debt 
      brought $11,550 
   * Milford Haven's monumental work on British and foreign 
      naval medals realized $4,840 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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