The latest additions to the Newman Numismatic Portal are the auction catalogs of U.S. coin dealer Thomas Elder. Project Coordinator Len
Augsburger provided the following report. The plate image below is the Large Cent plate from the 1917 Henry C. Miller sale with Hayes
numbers in black ink -Editor
Thomas Lindsay Elder was one of the most prolific cataloguers in American numismatics, with 292 numbered sales to his credit, per Martin
Gengerke. His auction catalogs cover the period 1903-1940, and Elder’s torrid pace was matched only by his terse descriptions. Elder’s
ecomony of words once reduced an otherwise desirable 1907 high-relief Saint to three words: “kind won’t stack.” Despite the brevity, John
Adams gives the Elder catalogs high marks for breadth and quality of material.
The Newman Portal has digitized the entire series, less a few stray issues. Many thanks to scanner John Graffeo (Internet Archive staff
onsite at the American Numismatic Society) for patiently working through this extensive run. With the addition of a group of plated Elder catalogs,
and Elder sale addenda previously loaned by Dan Hamelberg, this online collection will be a useful adjunct to the series descriptions by Martin
Gengerke and John Adams.
Link to Elder catalogs on Newman Portal:
Be sure to click the link and browse the collection. But set aside some time; my hand got tired just scrolling through the list! Wow.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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