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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 48, November 26, 2006, Article 22

ANOTHER BALMANNO CATALOG LOCATED

Mike Paradis writes: "Lot 357 in Kolbe sale #77 (6/5/1999) appears
to hold a consignment from Alexander Balmanno's son:

357 Keeler Art Galleries. [CHARLES G. BALMANNO]. CATALOGUE OF THE
FAMOUS COLLECTION OF STAMPS AND COINS FORMED BY THE LATE CHARLES
G. BALMANNO. FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE MECHANIC'S BANK OF BROOKLYN,
N.Y. (WHO WAS ONE OF THE APPRAISERS OF THE J. P. MORGAN COLLECTION.).
TO BE SOLD BY UNRESTRICTED AUCTION BY ORDER OF MRS. MARTHA BALMANNO,
EXECUTRIX. New York: Mr. George W. Keeler, May 8-9, 1916. 16 pages,
145 (philatelic) + 340 (numismatic) lots"

"Not in Gengerke. Apparently quite rare. The numismatic lots are
poorly described. According to annotations in this copy, a lot of
"1840 and 1856 Silver Dollars" selling for $11 actually contained
an "1836 Eagle" (!); a lot of "1871 and 1883 Silver Dollars"
contained a copper pattern 1871, "A-W 1124;" a lot of half dollars
also contained a copper pattern 1871, "A-W 1131;" a "collection of
quarters, 1796 to 1883. 8 pieces." brought all of $4.75 though the
annotator notes that the 1796 alone was worth $10 at the time; etc.

One can only wonder what treats were present in three lots offered
at the end of the philatelic section, namely a "Portfolio of bank
bills" @ $10, a Scrap book of paper money" @ $7.00 or $7.50, and a
"Scrapbook of Confederate notes" @ $6.30, termed "shinplasters" by
the annotator. Thomas Elder appears to have attended the sale and
it is recorded herein that he bought several of the medal lots at
the end."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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