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MORE ON THE BYRON REED NUMISMATIC COLLECTIONSRegarding our earlier queries about Byron Reed and his numismatic collection and library, Saul Teichman forwarded a spreadsheet with 237 entries detailing the auction catalogs in the Reed library. He writes: "Among its highlights is a plated Vicksburg I (Woodward #95)!!"
The first five entries are Sotheby catalogs in the 1820s. The first U.S. sale listed is the John F. McCoy collection (1864).
Consignors to sales from 1864 thru 1880 include Joseph Zanoni, Henry Bogert, Joseph J. Mickley, Mortimer Mackenzie, Alfred B. Taylor, John Allen, William Fewsmith, Charles D. Lathrop, Joseph E. Gay, Col. Mendes I. Cohen, James H. Taylor, Ferguson Haines, Henry Holland, Harlow E. Woodward, William Baker, Prof. C. Anthon, Samuel A. Bispham, Alfred Venderer, Samuel Carter, W. P. Titcomb, W. W. Thurston, J. F. B. Litchfiled, and J. Colvin Randall.
The last catalogs listed are plated New York Stamp & Coin Co. sales of 1890 of the Robert Coulton Davis and Lorin Parmelee collections. What a wonderful time capsule of numismatic history!
Larry Lee adds this interesting note on a connection between Reed and J.N.T. Levick:
Byron Reed bought many of J.N.T. Levick's tokens, including his fantastic collection of sutler tokens. Levick went around to various Cincinnati minters and directly bought pieces from them, including many uncirculated examples of sutler tokens.
We have Reed's catalog showing prices realized from the one big Levick sale and Reed clearly won the majority of the lots. I believe Reed attended that particular sale in person and we can trace many of the lots to tokens in his collection, so there is a nice link there. More importantly, it means that much of the Levick token collection is still together as a unit.
I would also be happy to answer any inquiries as to which tokens are included as I do have a complete listing which I (and the city of Omaha) are willing to share.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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