I didn't have time or room last week to discuss the great numismatic literature exhibits at the 2015 ANA Worlds' Fair of Money.
Here are a couple images of each. -Editor
Publications by Charles Steigerwalt
Lancaster, PA dealer Steigerwalt has been overshadowed by his Philadelphia and New York brethren, yet his publications do contain some
important and interesting information. Sets are quite difficult to assemble. I enjoyed all of the numismatic literature exhibits this year,
but this one covered the type of material I most enjoy collecting myself.
Roman Coins and Their Values
A nicely done six-case exhibit that traces the history of this iconic publication from 1936 to the present. A typical dealer or
collector buys and keeps only the latest edition, but a true bibliophile appreciates and understands the value of having access to all
editions, in order to understand the development of knowledge in the field and the history and trajectory of market prices.
Buy the Book Before the Coin
A nice five-case exhibit introducing collectors to the basic sources of information on U.S. coins.
From the exhibit text:
The Vanity Productions of Joseph Florimond Loubat
Joseph Florimond Loubat (1831-1927) is known for writing and publishing Medallic History of the United States 1776-1876. At the
time of publication, it became the standard reference on the topic.
Loubat also published two self promoting volumes with copies of personal letters, documents and certificates to honor Loubat. There is
no narrative and no translation from the various languages included. These later vanity books by Loubat are almost unknown in the
numismatic community and not represented in numismatic literature sales. Shown are two copies of each volume with four binding
Loubat commissioned two bronze medals with his image. Like his books, they were produced by Loubat to promote Loubat.
The vanity books and medals were donated to individuals and institutions. There is no record of public sales at the time of issue.
Collecting Twentieth Century Coins in the 1940s
This one wasn't in the numismatic literature class, but it's related and does include some literature and lots of numismatic
ephemera. I discussed it last week. Here are a couple more photos and a note from the exhibitor.
Gawain O'Connor writes:
Thanks for your kind words about my exhibit on "Collecting Twentieth Century World Coins in 1940". I was pleased and
surprised by all the interest it generated, and it was satisfying that the work it takes to make an exhibit was appreciated so much. I
pointed out to my wife that even though it received second place in the dreaded catch-all Class 18, it only lost out to the exhibit that
eventually won Best of Show! The literature displayed in the exhibit was as difficult to find as the coins and envelopes.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
WAYNE’S NUMISMATIC DIARY: AUGUST 16, 2015
Wayne Homren, Editor
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