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The E-Sylum: Volume 24, Number 6, February 7, 2021, Article 2


In March Kolbe & Fanning will offer highlights from the numismatic library of dealer Richard Margolis. Here's the announcement. -Editor

Richard Margolis Library Sale March 6

K-F Margolis sale cover Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are proud to announce that we will be offering highlights from the important library of numismatic literature belonging to Richard Margolis at auction on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Richard Margolis was a highly esteemed dealer in world coins and an indefatigable researcher. Well known to many as the long-time organizer of the New York International Numismatic Convention, he was also heavily involved in the International Association of Professional Numismatists. His library covers the coins, medals and paper money of all times, but is especially important for numismatic works on the period of the French and American Revolutions. The 539-lot sale features books, auction catalogues and periodicals, as well as separate sections on numismatic art and archival materials.

Some highlights of the sale include:

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Leonardo Agostini's 1686 work on engraved gems French governmental monetary system publications
Lots 1 and 97

Lot 1: Matthew Boulton's set of Leonardo Agostini's 1686 work on engraved gems

Lot 97: an extraordinary collection of 71 different French governmental publications printed during the Revolutionary period relating to the monetary system

biography of  David d'Angers Schaumünzen des Hauses Hohenzollern
Lots 111 and 188

Lot 111: Henry Jouin's magnificent two-volume 1878 biography and study of medallic artist David d'Angers

Lot 188: the massive and superbly illustrated 1901 Schaumünzen des Hauses Hohenzollern, compiled by Julius Menadier

continuation to Van Loon on Dutch medals Gabinet medalów polskich
Lots 274 and 285

Lot 274: a complete set, in ten parts, of the scarce continuation to Van Loon on Dutch medals, Beschrijving der Nederlandsche historie-penningen...

Lot 285: the very rare Gabinet medalów polskich, complete in four volumes, by Edwarda Hr. Raczynski, a classic of Polish numismatics

The Coinage of Scotland Mitchell-Boulton Correspondence on Coinage for South Carolina
Lots 290 and 311

Lot 290: a large-paper set of The Coinage of Scotland, by Edward Burns

Lot 311: the very rare Mitchell-Boulton Correspondence, 1787–1792, Relative to Coinage for South Carolina and the United States

British auction catalogues from the library of Leonard Forrer Counterfeit Reports
Lots 456 and 482

Lot 456, et seq.: handsomely bound volumes of classic British auction catalogues, primarily by Sotheby's, from the library of Leonard Forrer: several lots feature similar volumes, with most of the catalogues priced and named

Lot 482: a complete set of the Counterfeit Reports published by the International Bureau for the Suppression of Counterfeit Coins.

Over the past half century, Kolbe & Fanning have handled an exceptionally wide variety of numismatic works, from the vital to inconsequential, the magnificent to the mundane. It is safe to say that the Richard Margolis Library stands out as one of the most interesting and intriguing libraries it has been our pleasure to bring to market.

The printed catalogue of the Margolis Library will be mailed to all active customers on our mailing list shortly. As international mail speeds have been slowed by the Corona situation, we encourage our international clients to consult the electronic catalogue in case their printed catalogue does not arrive promptly. A PDF of the printed catalogue has been posted to our main website at for those who prefer that format. Bids placed via post, email, fax or phone must be received by March 5, the day before the sale, in order for them to be processed. Advance absentee bids may also be placed at any time online at Live internet bidding will be available during the sale itself through the same platform.

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers LLC is a licensed and bonded auction firm in the State of Ohio. For more information, please see the Kolbe & Fanning website at or email David Fanning at a href=""> To register for the sale, go to We look forward to your participation.

Archives of Augustin Dupré From the Archives of Augustin Dupré
In conjunction with our sale of the Richard Margolis Library, Kolbe & Fanning are proud to team up with John Kraljevich Americana to offer a select number of items from the archives of the illustrious French engraver Augustin Dupré, whose works include the famous Libertas Americana medal. This fixed-price offering includes two original letters published in Loubat's Medallic History of the United States of America.

To view the fixed price list, see:
From the Augustin Dupré Archives (

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
RICHARD MARGOLIS (1931-2018) (

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