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The E-Sylum: Volume 22, Number 28, July 14, 2019, Article 2


Ancient and World coinage dealer CNG has announced their Summer 2019 numismatic literature sale. -Editor

Classical Numismatic Group, LLC is pleased to announce their Summer 2019 Literature Auction, featuring 266 lots and closing on Wednesday, 24 July 2019, beginning at 10 AM ET. This sale presents an exceptional selection of literature, with a particularly good offering of volumes from the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum series, full runs of BMC Greek and RIC, an impressive run of the Numismatic Chronicle, and over sixty lots of auction catalogs. Nearly complete sets of CNG's printed sales and fixed price lists are also on offer. Please visit to view the entire sale.

Two of the many highlights from CNG's Summer Literature Sale are:

Trait des monnaies grecques et romaines

Lot 88 [Traité] Babelon, E. Traité des monnaies grecques et romaines. (Paris;

Librairie Ernest Leroux, 1901-33). Three parts complete in five text and four plate volumes. Comprising; Première partie. Theorie et doctrine. Tome premier. Paris, 1901. 4to., pp. vii, 1206 double columns, (604 pages), errata, 37 text illustrations; Deuxième partie. Description historique. Tome premier. Comprenant les monnaies grecques depuis les origines jusqu’aux guerres médiques. Paris, 1907. Thick 4to., pp. iv, 1,670 double columns (836 pages), text illustrations; Tome deuxième. Comprenant les monnaies de l’empire des Perses Achéménides, de l’orient sémitique et de l’Asie-Mineure aux Ve et IVe siècles avant J.-C. Paris, 1910. Thick 4to., pp. iii, 1,559 double columns, (782 pages), errata, text illustrations, (2); Tome troisième. Comprenant les monnaies de la Grèce centrale et meridionale aux Ve et IVe siècles avant J.-C. Paris, 1914. 4to., pp. vi, (1), 1143 double columns (572 pages), a few illustrations in the text; Tome quatrième. Comprenant les monnaies de la Grèce septentrionale aux Ve et IVe siècles avant J.-C. Paris, 1932. 4to., pp. iv, 1,099 double columns (550 pages), (2); Troisième partie. Planches I à LXXXV. Paris, 1907. 4to., pp. (4), iii, (1), 85 very fine plates; Planches LXXXVI à CLXXXV. Paris, 1910. 4to., pp. 8 double columns, (4 pages), 100 very fine plates; Planches CLXXXVI à CCLXX. Paris, 1916. Reprinted, 1967. 4to., pp. (4), 6 double columns, (4 pages), 85 scanned plates; Planches CCLXXI à CCCLV. Paris, 1926–1932. 85 very fine plates.

All nine volumes uniformly bound in recent maroon cloth, black morocco titles to spines, gilt. With a hand written letter dated July 2nd 1900 bound into the first volume and sent on behalf of the publisher, Ernest Leroux, to an unnamed recipient (perhaps Babelon?) enquiring after the preferred paper format and stating that the previous paper specimens did not meet with Mr Leroux's approval and that new examples were being sent for his consideration. Very Fine condition. An attractive set of Babelon's magnum opus, originally conceived of as a complete corpus of Greek and Roman coins and described by Clain-Stefanelli as Babelon's ‘greatest work.' Rarely offered, especially complete and in such fine condition as here. Estimated at $10,000

Clain-Stefanelli 1809*, “An unfinished but monumental work, indispensable for the scholar.” Daehn 19. Kroh p. 8. Grierson p. 45-46, “Une mine de renseignements sur toute l’organisation monétaire antique.” And p. 52, “Conçu d’après un plan monumental, mais inachevé. Couvre l’ensemble de la Grèce classique, sauf la Grande Grèce et la Sicilie, jusqu’à l’avènement d’Alexandre le Grand.”

From the Numismatic Library of a Major North American Dealer.

Gnecchi, F. I medaglie romane Lot 151–Gnecchi, F. I medaglie romane. Volume primo. Oro ed argento. Volume secondo. Bronzo. Parte prima: Gran modulo. Volume terzo. Bronzo. Parte seconda: Moduli minori. Parte terza: Medalioni del senato. (Milano: Ulrico Hoepli, 1912). Complete in three volumes. Large 4to. fine portrait of the author as frontispiece, titles printed in red and black, lxviii, 83, (1), (4); (16), 158, (1), (5); (16), 234, (6); 162 superbly printed plates. All three volumes bound in quarter morocco and marbled boards, raised bands, gilt. Marbled endpapers throughout. From the libraries of Joel L Malter, and Edward Newell with the former's ex-libris on the front pastedown of the second volume only, and Newell's present in each. Fine condition, a well used set, the binding now weak with the hinges of volume two and some pages loose, a number of pages chipped with tears and nicks throughout. Still a handsome set, which would benefit from the attention of a skilled binder. A monumental and unsurpassed work, very rarely offered. Estimated at $6,000 Clain-Stefanelli 4963*. Grierson p. 84, “Corpus de toutes les pieces connues à l'époque.”

From the Numismatic Library of a Major North American Dealer. Ex Malter Galleries Inc., Auction #88 (4th June 2006), lot 781.

CNG is currently accepting consignments for future auctions sales. Please contact the firm for further details and consignment deadlines. For further details and any additional information, please contact CNG, LLC at:

Classical Numismatic Group, LLC
P.O. Box 479
Lancaster, PA 17608-0479

Telephone: (717) 390-9194
Fax: (717) 390-9978

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