David Fanning forward this report of results from the firm's 129th numismatic literature mail-bid sale, which closed Thursday.
Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers held their 129th mail-bid sale of important numismatic books on Thursday, July 18. Featuring selections from the Del Bland library and other properties, the sale included works on ancient, medieval and foreign coins, as well as outstanding publications on U.S. numismatics.
The sale was one of our best mail-bid sales in recent years, with strong participation and active bidding. The prices below do not include the 15% buyers’ premium:
—Del Bland’s remarkably fine complete set of Stack’s catalogues (lot 556) brought $13,500
—The complete Erbstein collection, bound with the rare 1911 Hess sale of Hermitage duplicates (lot 83), brought $1300
—A complete set of Barney Bluestone catalogues (lot 253), brought $2300
—A fine set of Fiala’s Katalog der Münzen- und Medaillen-Stempel-Sammlung des K. K. Hauptmünzamtes in Wien (lot 73), brought $825
—A rare plated Chapman catalogue of the Simpson collection (lot 354) brought $3600; several other plated Chapman catalogues also sold, including Earle ($3200), Jenks ($2600), Gable ($2100), Sargent ($2000) and others.
—Mayer’s rare bibliography of Islamic numismatics (lot 132) brought $800
—Del Bland’s impressive set of Hesslein catalogues (lot 433) brought $2700 after very active bidding
—Mehl’s Numismatic Monthly, complete (lot 484), brought $1500
—Charles Elmore Green’s deluxe, photographically illustrated Dunham catalogue (lot 488), brought $2700
—Ormsby’s very rare 1862 Harvest of Counterfeiters (lot 510) brought $1600.
The full prices realized list can be found on the Kolbe & Fanning website at
For more information on Kolbe & Fanning sales, please contact David Fanning at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 414-0855.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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