Howard Daniel suggests the web site of Compagnie Generale de Bourse (cgb.fr) as a great source of numismatic literature. I understand the firm was founded some twenty years ago, and is run by Michel Prieur and Laurent Schmitt. Their shop is located on the rue Vivienne, the coin-heart of Paris.
Their website is bilingual in French and English; their monthly electronic magazine the Bulletin Numismatique
is only in French but easy to understand. They also have a passion for numismatic literature (and are publishers themselves), and have extensive offerings on their website - both new and antiquarian.
I wrote to Michel Prieur, who provided the following background on their offerings. -Editor
Michel Prieur writes:
Our numismatic book sales are a by-product of our coin and banknote sales - it often happens that a numismatist has a serious library and, when we sell the collection, we buy the library.
What is missing in our working library goes there, what is a duplicate or not a working book goes to our e-bookshop. This explains the variety of titles, languages, periods, topics - it reflects the various interests of tens of collectors who sold us their libraries. We very seldom auction books and we advise sellers to consign to the e-shop.
We also publish books, some for the general public such as the standard reference for modern French coins and the standard reference for Euro coins and banknotes. We also publish some highly specialised works, for instance a catalog of Merovingian rings. We also have a program of fundamental French numismatic reference book reprints. In addition we issue a monthly Bulletin, a free .pdf in which we of course present the most important new books we have included during the month in the e-book-shop.
We feel the most important for a coin and banknote dealer is to spread numismatic information to the public; if the public doesn't know about numismatics, the public will never collect coins or banknotes, and professional numismatists will starve, at best.
To visit the firm's book shop, see: http://www.numishop.com/boutique1.php?
Many thanks to Howard and Michel for the information about a great source for numismatic literature. We also welcome Michel as a new subscriber to The E-Sylum. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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