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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 2, January 13, 2008, Article 2

CHARLES DAVIS FEBRUARY 2008 NUMISMATIC LITERATURE SALE CATALOG

My copy of the February 2, 2008 Charles Davis numismatic
literature sale catalog arrived recently.  As always,
Charlie's lot descriptions contain good tidbits of interesting
information, and I find myself learning new things about some
books I thought I was already familiar with.  My area of
interest is U.S. numismatic literature so I can't comment
on the extensive selection of literature on ancient numismatics,
but I thought I'd mention a few interesting U.S. lots.

I've always enjoyed reading the "house organ" periodicals
issued by 19th century U.S. coin dealers.  Lots 101-103
feature the Thomas Elder publications 'The Elder Monthly'
and 'The Numismatic Philistine'. Lot 107 is the 1990 Money
Tree reprint of Ed Frossard's 'Numisma', "the most lively
and libelous periodical in American numismatics."   Two
interesting 20th century productions are: Lot 130, a
complete set of Jim Kelly's "Kelly's Coins and Chatter
and Lot 193, a complete set of the 1940's Numismatic Review
by Stack's.

Lot 118 is a copy of Augustus Heaton's 1893 'A Treatise
on the Coinage of the United States Branch Mints'.  Estimated
at $100, this little 54-page volume was "the first work to
draw attention to the scarcity of the coinage of the branch
mints."  It's a scarce work in itself, and considering that
it launched the mintmark collecting craze that today fuels
stratospheric price levels for rare branch mint coins, any
collector, dealer or investor who specializes in these
ought to have a copy in their library.

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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