Karl Moulton has issued his latest fixed price list of numismatic literature (Winter 2008). Thanks for Karl for forwarded in the following excerpts at my request. Karl's web page is www.coincats.com . -Editor
John Pittman Sales 1-3
Among the most desirable catalogues of the latter part of the 20th century. Few complete sets have been offered over the years with a hardbound set realizing over $1,000 at auction. Many notable U.S. and world coins were presented between 1997 and 1999.
I knew I'd regret it at the time, but I declined to purchase the Pittman hardbounds because of the high issue price. I thought I'd have an opportunity to buy them in the aftermarket, but that didn't come to pass. So I'm making do with softbound versions. -Editor
12/16/1880 Charles A. Besson, 40pp., 1175 Lots,
These Haseltine sales, long ignored because of their lack of promotion in the descriptions, are a veritable wealth of information to the serious numismatic researcher. A prime example of this can be found in this sale, which contains an 1838-O Half Dollar. You will not find this offering of an 1838-O Half mentioned in anyone.s pedigrees in any references because no one has taken the time to check. According to Haseltine.s information, at this early juncture, there were six examples known.
The best compilation of 1838-O pedigrees is in David Ganz's new book, Profitable Coin Collecting (p177-178). There is a "Benson" specimen listed from an 1880 Bangs & Co. sale (it realized $23.50. Could this be the Beeson specimen? -Editor
PARAMOUNT 08/08/67 ANA, 68pp., 3139 Lots, Special Autographed Edition signed by James Kelly, the auctioneer, and Aubrey Bebee, the buyer of the 1913 Liberty Nickel At $46,000. A mint condition catalogue that was signed immediately after the sale
Autographed numismatic literature has a special charm of its own. Even a common catalog becomes unique when inscribed or signed by people associated with its production. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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