THE WELL-HIDDEN CONSIGNOR
Last week, I reviewed Karl Moulton's new book, "United
States Numismatic Auction Catalogues 1990-2000", noting
that an index of the listed consignors would be a useful addition.
Karl Moulton writes:
"Many thanks for the review of USNAC
in this week's E-Sylum. A consignor index was thought of,
but I felt there were too many blanks and pseudonyms utilized
to make it beneficial. The modern auction companies tend to
regard most of their consignors on a very low level, at least
according to what they publish in their catalogues. Even when
a firm does properly list a majority of their consignors, they can
also create misleading names which serve no useful purpose.
One of my favorite ones was from Money Tree's 30th MBS,
"DOT E. COMM"; and they were among the best when it
came to listing consignors and their material. It's too bad
other coin firms don't do as well as Money Tree did, as it
would certainly help the future numismatist in their pedigree
Many times, a consignor would be noted on the cover or title
page, but their material was not duly noted in the catalogue,
which adds further confusion for everyone involved. At least
the listed consignor information from 40 auction firms for
1990-2000 is available in USNAC. Nothing was added from
the catalogue listings or descriptions. If there is any lack, it is
merely a reflection of the way in which numismatic business is
conducted and presented in this country. I comment further
on this situation in an article appearing in the latest issue of the
John Reich Journal."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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