George Kolbe forwarded the following press release on the results of his recent numismatic literature sale. -Editor Some highlights from the June 11th, 2009, George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books auction follow.
- The virtually unobtainable first two issues of Q. David Bowers Rare Coin Review, issued under the Hathaway and Bowers Galleries banner, were estimated at $750 and, after spirited bidding, each brought $3,450 [prices cited include the 15% buyer premium];
- the very rare original Frankenhuis catalogue of World War I medals was hotly contested for, selling for $1,265 on a $350 estimate;
- the first work on Civil War Tokens, published in 1863, sold well at $1,897;
- an extremely rare and extensive illustrated guide to counterfeit and genuine world banknotes issued in the 1980s and 1990s by the National Bank of Yugoslavia brought $948;
- a 1880s William von Bergen publication featuring contemporary information on the Adolph Weyl 1804 Dollar sold by the Chapman brothers, the first we have ever encountered and estimated at $100, ended up realizing $1,437;
- Charles Chaplin’s delightful 1865 "Gointoem Strong" spoof on American coin sales of the day sold reasonably at $488 on a $500 estimate;
- a complete set of Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles Volumes 1-59, 1958-2007, sold for $2,415;
- the first 192 Stack’s auction sale catalogues, 1935-1964, lacking only three sales, brought an impressive $5,060;
- a fine original edition of Hickcox’s 1858 Historical Account of American Coinage, the first substantial work on the topic was estimated at $850 and brought $1,840;
- fine examples of the original, superbly illustrated, 1887 and 1896 classic Rollin & Feuardent catalogues of the Ponton d’Amécourt and H. Montagu collections of Roman gold coins each sold for $862;
- a fine set of the five volume Mazzini work on Ancient Roman coins, from the library of the celebrated numismatist Dr. Pierre Bastien, brought $2,587.
Copies of the catalogue may still be obtained by sending $15.00 to George Frederick Kolbe, P. O. Drawer 3100, Crestline, CA 92325.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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