Howard Cohen submitted this query about an important numismatic periodical reprint.
The recent mail bid sale of David Sklow offered as lot #257 the reprint of the first six vols. of the Numismatist.
This item was published in Kansas in 1963. I just happened to look through the June, 1948 issue of The Numismatist, and there on page 405, called "The President's Page", is the following article:
First Six Volumes of The Numismatist to be Reprinted.
There are probably less than ten complete sets in existence and because of the extreme rarity of the first six volumes most collectors are discouraged from trying to complete a set.
To remedy this, the A.N.A. Board of Governors has authorized the reprinting of the first six volumes, and as soon as 100 orders are received the work will begin.
The first six volumes, issued from 1888 to 1893, will be bound in one volume. The price has been set at $8 for those who order it in advance.
Send your order as soon as possible to T.R. Hammer, Librarian, P.O. Box 577, Wichita 1, Kansas".
I would like to know if any of our members, especially the over 65 age group might have ordered the reprint way back at $8. Does anyone have an answer to why 15 years would pass (from 1948 till 1963), to receive 100 orders, before it was printed? By the way, the lot sold for $710.00.
Great question. The article is on 405 and pictures the cover of volume 1, number 1 of The American Numismatist, as it was called then. My copy of the reprint came from the library of Donald Miller of Indiana, PA. Tucked inside the front cover is an invoice from numismatic literature dealer Frank Katen dated January 16, 1965. Cost of the volume then? $50.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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