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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 11, March 11, 2001, Article 8

THE WELL-HIDDEN CONSIGNOR 

   Last week, I reviewed Karl Moulton's new book, "United 
   States Numismatic Auction Catalogues 1990-2000", noting 
   that an index of the listed consignors would be a useful addition. 

   Karl Moulton writes: "Many thanks for the review of USNAC 
   in this week's E-Sylum.  A consignor index was thought of, 
   but I felt there were too many blanks and pseudonyms utilized 
   to make it beneficial.  The modern auction companies tend to 
   regard most of their consignors on a very low level, at least 
   according to what they publish in their catalogues.  Even when 
   a firm does properly list a majority of their consignors, they can 
   also create misleading names which serve no useful purpose. 
   One of my favorite ones was from Money Tree's 30th MBS, 
   "DOT E. COMM";  and they were among the best when it 
   came to listing consignors and their material.  It's too bad 
   other coin firms don't do as well as Money Tree did, as it 
   would certainly help the future numismatist in their pedigree 
   research. 

   Many times, a consignor would be noted on the cover or title 
   page, but their material was not duly noted in the catalogue, 
   which adds further confusion for everyone involved.  At least 
   the listed consignor information from 40 auction firms for 
   1990-2000 is available in USNAC.  Nothing was added from 
   the catalogue listings or descriptions.  If there is any lack, it is 
   merely a reflection of the way in which numismatic business is 
   conducted and presented in this country.  I comment further 
   on this situation in an article appearing in the latest issue of the 
   John Reich Journal." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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