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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 14, April 1, 2001, Article 15

AUCTION HOUSE SHORTHAND 

   Mark Borckardt writes: "In response to the discussion 
   regarding three letter codes for auction, I have been using 
   such a system for several years to record data on prices 
   realized for such things as patterns, medals, Hawaiiana and 
   other items. Most of this is simply for my own use, internal 
   to my work with Bowers and Merena. 

   I have prepared a sample listing of three letter codes, 
   attached, using Martin Gengerke's "American Numismatic 
   Auctions" as a guide.  The file only includes firms beginning 
   with the letter A.  If E-Sylum subscribers would provide 
   feedback, I would be more than happy to complete this for 
   the rest of the firms, with the idea of adding additional firms 
   along the way.   This listing is certainly available for the free 
   use of any who care to access it. [Editor's note - the list is 
   short, so I've extracted it from Mark's file and appended it 
   below] 

   In response to Dick Johnson's code of  B&M  for Bowers 
   and Merena,  I prefer to keep my codes to the standard 26 
   letter alphabet, thus for Bowers and Merena, I use BMG 
   (Bowers and Merena Galleries).  Certainly, ABM could also 
   be used (Auctions by Bowers and Merena).  In the special 
   case of joint sales, Bowers and Presidential, Stack's and 
   Superior, Akers and Rarcoa, etc., the easy solution would 
   be to list these with the first firm based on alphabetical order. 
   Notice also on the attached file that I use  AUC  for 
   Apostrophe Auctions." 

   Code Firm 

   ACE Ace Stamp & coin Co. 
   ADE Adams, Edgar Holmes 
   ADG Adams, Geoffrey Charlton 
   ADM Adams, Mervin W. 
   ADS Adamski, Joseph J. 
   ADK Adkins, Gary 
   ADL Adler, Jonas 
   AKR Akers, David W. 
   ALD Alderfer, Sanford A. Auction Co. 
   ALC Alexander & Co. 
   ALB Alexander, Byron T. 
   ALX Alexandria Coin Sales 
   ALL Allgire, Richard L. 
   ALM Almanzar’s 
   ALP Alpert, Stephen P. 
   ALW Alward & Cagan 
   AMK A-Mark 
   AMB Ambassador 
   AMA American Art Association 
   AMH American Heritage Coin, Inc. 
   AMR American Rose Rare Coins 
   AMW Amwest 
   ACC Ancient Coin Club 
   ACS Ancient Coin Society of NY 
   ANC Ancient Coins 
   ANG Ancient Gens 
   AND Anderson Auction Co. 
   ANA Anderson, Al 
   ANH Anderson, H.W. 
   ANW Andrews, W.P. & Co., Inc. 
   ANM Antebellum Covers 
   ANT Anthon, Charles E. 
   ATI Antietam Coin Club 
   ANI Antiquity Imports 
   APF Apfelbaum, Earl P.L. 
   AQU Aquarius Gallery 
   ARA Ar Auctions 
   ARC Arcade Stamp & Coin Co. 
   ARI Ariadne Galleries 
   ARZ Arizona Exonumist 
   ARK Ark Auctions 
   ARN Arnold Numismatic Co. 
   ARO Aron, Michael J. 
   ASC Associated Coin Auction 
   ATT Attinelli, Emmanuel Joseph 
   ACT Auction (Old Saybrook, CT.) 
   AUC Auction ‘xx (Apostrophe Auctions) 
   AUM Auction Americana 
   AOK Auction Gallery of Oakbrook 
   AUW Auctions West 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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