Dave Stone of Heritage submitted this important postscript to last week's discussion of the 1884 Weyl catalog and the Dexter specimen
of the 1804 dollar. Thanks! -Editor
Heritage catalogers John Sculley, Zeke Wischer, and I want to thank you for the kind review of our Coin World article (July 18,
2016 edition) on the 1884 Adolph Weyl catalog and the Dexter 1804 dollar that appeared in the last issue of The E-Sylum. The E-Sylum
always goes to great lengths to get things right. In that spirit, I would like to say a little more about possible appearance of the
1804 dollar in a “group lot in an 1879 auction” mentioned in Mark Ferguson’s book as reviewed by Bill Eckberg.
Beginning on page 82 of his September 1879 auction catalog (Weyl Figure 1), after the main body of the sale, Weyl printed several pages of
what appeared to be numbered bulk lots of coins from different countries, under the heading Kauf-Gesuche! (Weyl Figure 2). Lot 83 in the list,
in the section on United States coins, appeared to be a remarkable gathering of U.S. silver dollars, including many rare dates, the 1804 among them
(Weyl Figure 3). Non-German-speaking numismatists, including myself, were very excited about the discovery of this list, which we took to be some
kind of addendum to the sale, probably added at the last minute. This seemed to push the first European appearance of an 1804 dollar back five years
before the famous Weyl sale of October 1884, and the only likely candidate for such an appearance was the Dexter dollar, whose prior history was
unknown before that offering.
Several important references have mentioned this “appearance” in recent years, but Heritage catalogers became suspicious of it when we
studied these catalogs for our auction description of the Mickley 1804 dollar in our 8/2013 Chicago Signature. The fact that all the coins
were scarce-to-rare issues and there was no physical description of any of them seemed strange. Checking further, we discovered the
Kaufe-Gesuche! was reprinted in Weyl’s next auction catalog in October of 1879 (it may appear in some other contemporary
publications, as well, but these have not been reported).
Finally, we enlisted the help of Dagmar Byers, the German-speaking Vice President of Finance & Accounting at Heritage. She informed us
that Kaufe-Gesuche! translates very roughly as Want List! Weyl was advertising to buy these foreign coins after his
phenomenal success with the Fonrobert Collection in 1878, not offering them for sale himself. Therefore, the October 1884 Adolph Weyl sale
remains the first appearance of the Dexter dollar and its prior history remains a mystery.
Mystery solved! I confirmed the translation myself by going to Google. Kaufe-Gesuche! comes back as Buy-Wanted! -Editor
Bill Eckberg adds:
It’s kind of an odd want list. I looked at the U.S. coppers in the list - it's interesting that some of them are relatively common
dates, though many of the half cents are proof-only dates. Also, why no gold on the list?
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THE RARE AND IMPORTANT 1884 WEYL CATALOG
Archives International Auctions, Part XXXIV
U.S. & Worldwide Banknotes, Scripophily, Coins
and Security Printing Ephemera
July 26, 2016
Click the links! Highlights include:
Deutsch-Asiatische Bank 1907 Peking Branch
Russo-Asiatic Bank, 1910 "Harbin Branch" Provisional Issue
Lot 405: Jefferson County Bank.
New York State War of 1812 Era Odd Denomination Scrip
Lot 434: C.S.A. 1864, $2,
Vertical Half Sheet of 4 Notes.
Spanish-American War, $20, 3% Coupon Bond of 1898
Lot 645: Potomac
Gold and Silver Mining Co., 1863 Stock Certificate.
Lot 789: American
Bank Note Company, 1868 Stock Certificate
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