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The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 2, January 9, 2000, Article 6


Allan Davisson writes:

"The discussion of sales that did not occur as scheduled suggests another numismatic publishing byway -- great collections that would have made an outstanding sale that were bought and then published before dispersal:

Arguably the most important catalog I have in my library that fits this description is the October 1890 publication by Spink and Son of the Montague collection of milled English coins featuring patterns and proofs. They published a special catalog of this "unrivaled collection of English coins -- a portion so rich in patterns of extreme rarity--we felt it would be a matter for regret did we not make some permanent record of it"

The items were numbered (1853 lots) in the same manner as a sale catalog. The plates, however, are photos in the text rather than plates at the end. My copy also has the prices neatly inked in in the same manner as sale catalogs from that era.

And another "never held" sale:

Henry Platt Hall's collection of British coins; Part III catalogued by Glendining's for a July 26, 1950 sale but the entire collection was purchased outright by Spink before the sale. 423 lots with a particularly important group of Charles I provincial issues included; 11 plates."

Wayne Homren, Editor

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