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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 41, October 10, 2010, Article 4

KOLBE & FANNING 119TH AUCTION SALE CLOSES NOVEMBER 18, 2010

George Kolbe forwarded this press release describing the upcoming Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers sale. Thanks! -Editor

Kolbe Fanning logo Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers announce their 119th auction sale, closing on November 18, 2010. The 60-page, 588-lot catalogue comprises a diverse selection of interesting and elusive works on ancient, medieval and modern numismatics, and is particularly rich in rare and unusual works on American numismatics.

Featured in the sale among the many interesting lots of American interest are:

  • the Currency Act of 1764, a rare British Parliamentary Act regulating American colonial paper money, the severe restriction of which provided in part the justification of the American Revolution;
  • the Wayne Homren collection of some fifty early American newspapers with numismatic content, including a 1787 description of Fugio coppers, Birmingham coppers in 1752, a 1788 account of the Massachusetts Mint, George Washington’s 1792 comments on the establishment of the U.S. Mint, a contemporary account of 1794 dollars, early Mint Reports, a contemporary account of the 1851 Lewis Roper sale, and the 1857 loss of the S.S. Central America;
  • nice examples of the first two coin publications of Q. David Bowers, issued in 1955 and 1956, and specially bound combined presentation editions of both the Garrett and Norweb collection sales;
  • a special hardbound edition of Barney Bluestone’s famous Grinnell paper money sales;
  • a 1914 letter from S.H. Chapman to William H. Woodin, discussing plated Gable sale catalogues;
  • Evelyn’s 1697 Numismata, which includes the earliest illustration of the St. Patrick’s coinage;
  • Sanborn Partridge’s rare 1979 article on Vermont coins, hand-annotated by the author;
  • the famous 1878 Adolph Weyl sale of the Fonrobert collection of over 6,000 American and Canadian coins, tokens and medals; a nice first edition, first printing of the Red Book;
  • a rare antebellum children’s guide book with currency tables, published in 1857 in Charleston by William Babcock;
  • Confederate States of America publications on currency;
  • a nautical almanac for the year 1803 signed by early American naval hero Thomas Truxtun that may well have accompanied Truxtun when he captured the French frigate L’Insurgente in 1799 and during the successful encounter in 1800 with La Vengeance, which resulted in President Jefferson presenting Truxtun with the first Congressional medal made in the United States;
  • an interesting collection of American numismatic literature from the Civil War years; and
  • two of the rarest limited editions of the Red Book: the 2008 ANS sesquicentennial and 2008 NLG Bash volumes, limited to editions of 250 and 135 copies respectively.

A few of the important works on ancient, medieval and modern numismatics include:

  • a fine copy of John Evelyn’s 1697 Numismata, the first substantial work on English medals, once in the libraries of Rogers Ruding, Matthew Young and Edward Hawkins;
  • a set of the Forni reprint of Babelon’s Traité des Monnaies Grecques et Romaines;
  • a handsomely bound sales room copy of the iconic 1974 Zurich Kunstfreundes sale of superb ancient Greek coins, with buyers’ names and prices;
  • a nice selection of Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum fascicules;
  • the first 15 volumes, 1960-1989, of Numizmatika i Epigrafika;
  • Medina’s classic 1924 Medallas Europeas Relativas à América;
  • Cayón’s 1990-95 four-volume Compendio de las Monedas del Imperio Romano;
  • the seldom-encountered Forni reprint of Imhoof-Blumer’s Die Antiken Münzen Nord-Griechenlands; and
  • Éditions Spéciales of seven Victor Gadoury works on French coins.

A printed catalogue may be obtained by sending $10 to: KOLBE & FANNING NUMISMATIC BOOKSELLERS LLC, 141 W JOHNSTOWN ROAD, GAHANNA OH 43230-2700. The catalogue is also accessible free of charge on the Kolbe & Fanning website at www.numislit.com.

On January 8, 2011, Kolbe & Fanning will be holding a public auction at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention. Consignments of important numismatic works have been streaming in, including the superb Alan Luedeking library of works on Latin American numismatics; classic nineteenth- and early twentieth-century works on Russian numismatics; key works on ancient coins; great classic works on American numismatics; a superb set of the 1791 Beskrivelse over Danske Mynter og Medailler; and an original 1925 Browning work on quarter dollars annotated by Walter Breen.

Consignments of exceptional numismatic works will be accepted for this sale until the end of October. Inquiries may be directed to David F. Fanning at df@numislit.com, (614) 414-0855, or to George F. Kolbe at gfk@numislit.com, (909) 338-6527.

Wayne Homren, Editor

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