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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 20, May 17, 2020, Article 31


Here's the press release for Stephen Album Rare Coins Auction 37. Great material - love the medal! Don't forget to check out the literature lots - see the May 3, 2020 article on the Howard Bowker Numismatic Library (linked below). -Editor

Stephen Album Auction 37 cover Stephen Album Rare Coins will hold its Auction 37 on June 11-14, 2020 at its offices in Santa Rosa, California. The auction is made up of 3,750 lots of Ancient, Islamic, Chinese, General World, and Indian Coins, and includes 231 lots of Numismatic Literature, including selections from the H. F. Bowker Numismatic Library. Featured collections in this sale include the Gamal Amer Collection of Egyptian Coins, the Ahmed Sultan Collection of Ottoman Coins (Part II), the Christian Rasmussen Collection of Ilkhan Coins (Part III), and the Dr. Wolfgang Schuster Collection of Nepal, Bhutan, and Netherlands East Indies Coins. The final two days will be comprised of 2 Internet-Only Sessions of lesser-priced material. Some highlights from the sale follow:

Album Sale 37 lot 456 BAHRI MAMLUK gold dinar

LOT 456. BAHRI MAMLUK: Baybars II, 1309-1310, gold dinar (4.61g), al-Qahira, DM, A-V916, with his slightly longer titulature al-sultan al-malik al-muzaffar rukn al-dunya wa'l-din abu'l-fath baybars qasim amir al-mu'minin al-mansuri filling the obverse field; this piece and the following lot are the only known gold coins of Baybars II of the al-Qahira mint (a third example was later discovered, but of the Dimashq mint, which appeared in St. James Auction 39, Lot 1113), EF, RRRR ex Gamal Amer Collection, ex Morton & Eden Auction, 23 April 2015, Lot 136. Estimated at $8,000 - 10,000.

Album Sale 37 lot 1066 MUGHAL gold square heavy mohur

LOT 1066. MUGHAL: Jahangir, 1605-1628, gold square heavy mohur, Lahore, AH1015 year 2, KM-184.1, BMC-293 (1015 year 1) & 294 (1016 year 3), special presentation type from the early part of Jahangir's reign, obverse legend his full name & patronymic shah nur al-din jahangir ebn akbar padshah, and the regnal year "2"; reverse legend ruy-e zar-ra sakht nurani be-rang-e mehr o mah, "he made the face of money to shine with hues of the sun and moon", and the mint formula zarb Lahore, NGC graded AU55. Estimated at $14,000 - 16,000.

Album Sale 37 lot 1333 BRITISH INDIA gold medal

LOT 1333. BRITISH INDIA: gold medal (62.01g), 1928, Pud-948.7.1, 51mm gold medal, woman seated in sari, sketching, looking over Bombay harbor scene, BOMBAY ART SOCIETY above, geometrical patterns in exergue // Gateway of India at center with VRBS PRIMA / IN INDIS (First City in India) around, on edge, ETHEL GERTRUDE MACMILLAN / AWARDED 1928, and 18CT stamp with hallmark, struck at the Bombay Mint, EF, RRR. Estimated at $7,000 - 9,000.

Album Sale 37 lot 1462 CHIHLI silver dollar

LOT 1462. CHIHLI: Kuang Hsu, 1875-1908, silver dollar, Peiyang Arsenal mint, Tientsin, year 24 (1898), Y-65.2, L&M-449, dragon eyes in relief, a superb quality example with bright white original mint luster, a superb example! PCGS graded MS63. Estimated at $15,000 - 20,000.

Album Sale 37 lot 1448 CHINA silver dollar

LOT 1448. CHINA: Republic, silver dollar, year 10 (1921), Kann-676a, L&M-957, Hsu Shih-chang "Pavilion" type, plain edge without bottom legend variety, hand engraved DR. R. G. MILLS on reverse, PCGS graded AU details, RR. This type was issued to commemorate the succession of Hsu Shih-chang to the office of President in 1918, and in celebration of his 67th birthday. Estimated at $7,000 - 9,000.

Dr. Ralph Garfield Mills (1881-1944) of Lincoln, Illinois, was Professor of Pathology and Director of Research at Severance Medical College (now Severance Hospital of the Yonsei University Health System), from 1911 until 1918 in Seoul, Korea. According to the Johns Hopkins University circular "Annual Report of the Johns Hopkins University 1913-14" published in Baltimore, Maryland in 1915, Dr. R. G. Mills, "an instructor in Pathology and Surgery resigned to become Professor of Pathology and Surgery in the new Peking Union Medical College in Peking", China in 1918. He was also listed as the Vice-President of the Korea Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society in Seoul in 1916.

In 1923 Dr. R. G. Mills, was again head of the department of pathology of the Peking Union Medical College and he wrote about the previous year in which "two of the contending war lords whose forces were clashing near Peking retired from the sanguinary scene of their conflict leaving several hundred wounded soldiers in an old temple. The Peking Union Medical College authorities commandeered all the suitable vehicles that could be found and brought the wounded men into the great city hospital." Dr. Ralph G. Mills and his wife, Ethel, served as missionaries in Korea and China.

Album Sale 37 lot 1872 SWEDEN Ulrika Eleonora 4 daler

LOT 1872. SWEDEN: Ulrika Eleonora, 1718-1720, AE 4 daler, Avesta, 1719, KM-PM62, type II "plate money", corner stamps: crowned Queen's monogram dividing date, and center stamp: 4 DALER SILF: MYNT above pair of crossed arrows, some minor weakness of strike, but otherwise a superb example of this rare large type! EF, RR. Estimated at $4,000 - 6,000.

Album Sale 37 lot 3607 Catalog of Oriental Coins in the British Museum

LOT 3607. LITERATURE: Lane-Poole, Stanley, Catalog of Oriental Coins in the British Museum: Ten Volume Set, Originally published by the British Museum, London, 1875-1890, reprinted by Forni Editore, Bologna, 1967, all hardcover. Each volume includes historical and numismatic overviews. The corpus itself includes complete Arabic legends written out. Each volume has numerous indexes to legends, mints, rulers, etc. (See online description for highly detailed information about each volume). Complete set of 10 volumes, ex. Jim Farr Numismatic Library. Estimated at $500 – 700.

The firm is now accepting consignments for its Auction 38, which will be held September 10-12, 2020. More information can be found on their website at

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:

Wayne Homren, Editor

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