Dave Hirt submitted this request for E-Sylum readers - can anyone help? What exactly constitutes a complete set of Kelly's Coins and Chatter?
Last week I was looking through David Sklow's current sale catalog. I noticed a long run of James Kelly's Coins and Chatter (Lot 398). I decided to pull my set from the shelf to compare.
I noticed that some issues that appeared to be missing from my set were also missing from the
Sklow offering. This made question if these issues really exist. I looked in the Charles Davis work on American Numismatic Literature, but this periodical is not listed.
So I will turn to our great E-Sylum readers to find out what makes a complete set. My set is as follows:
1948 Vol 1: 7 issues, first 3 called trial. Sept-Dec numbered 4-7
1949 Vol 2: 11 issues, numbered 1-11 Oct issue missing
1950 Vol 3: 11 issues (no Jan) plus an extra ANA issue
1951 Vol 4: 11: issues (no Oct)
1952 Vol 5: 9 issues Aug, Nov, Dec issues missing
1953 Vol 6: 7 issues Feb, March, Oct, Nov, Dec missing,also an extra ANA issue.
1954: 2 issues titled Vol 1, Vol 2
1955 Vol 8: 6 issues Jan-June numbered 1-6 Others missing
1956 Vol 9: 2 issues numbered 1 & 2, no months listed
1957 Vol 10: 12 issues (first 3 issues mis numbered vol 7), Last 2 issues do not list month
1958 Vol 11: 8 issues Jan-June numbered 1-6, other 2 issues, no month listed
1959 Vol 12: 12 issues Jan-Dec
1960 Vol 13: 12 issues Jan-Dec
1961 Vol 14: 6 issues Jan-June (note with June issue that last 4 issues were sent as one mailing
Kelly's auction sales, 8 numbers in 7 sales are listed in Gengerke.
All these issues, except a few of the auction sales were 4 page pamphlets, easily lost or misplaced. It is surprising to me that any long runs survived.
One good place to check is Remy Bourne's 1989 book American Numismatic Sales and Promotional Literature , where Kelly's Coins and Chatter is listed beginning on p110. I checked my copy and found that Bourne's list matches Dave's. Perhaps some of these missing issues exist but were unknown to Bourne. Does anyone have them?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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