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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 40, October 2, 2022, Article 2


Stephen Album Rare Coins is holding their first numismatic literature auction on October 17, 2022. Here are some lot selections. -Editor

  SARC Literature Sale 1 Lot 05 Diana Collection SARC Literature Sale 1 Lot 14 Power and Skill
Lots 5 and 14

Lot 5: A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd., The Diana Collection: Coins of the British Empire, Parts 1-3, London, 2008-09, all three auction catalogs of the Diana Collection hardcover bound together with prices realized.

Lot 14: Aydin, Sennur, Kudret ve Huner: Sikke'nin iki Yuzu / Power and Skill: The Two Faces of a Coin, Yapi Kredi Bank, Istanbul, 1994, 55 pages, softcover large format. The first of the series of catalogues of exhibitions of the bank's coin collection. It includes a general history of the origin of Islamic coinage, then covers Arab-Byzantine, Arab-Sasanian, Umayyad, Umayyad of Spain, Abbasid, Tulunid, Fatimid, Ayyubid, Mamluk, Idrisid, Aghlabid, Tahirid, Saffarid, Banijurid, Sajid, Wajjahid (Oman), Samanid, Ikhshidid, Buwayhid, Marwanid, Rassid (2nd period), Rasulid, Shirvanshah. Beautiful color photos. Bilingual (Turkish and English).

  SARC Literature Sale 1 Lot 17 Balog Coinage of the Ayyubids SARC Literature Sale 1 Lot 28 Brekke Copper Coinage of Imperial Russia
Lots 17 and 28

Lot 17:Balog, Paul, The Coinage of the Ayyubids, Royal Numismatic Society, Hertford, 1980, 334 pages, 50 plates, hardcover with dust jacket. The book covers the medieval Islamic coinage of Saladin and his successors in the Fertile Crescent and Arabia: Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia and Yemen. Includes an index of years and mints. The definitive work on Ayyubid coinage, ex Libris Norman D. Nicol. Norman D. Nicol edited this book for Balog and constructed the plates.

Lot 28: Brekke, B. F., The Copper Coinage of Imperial Russia, 1700-1917 Malmö, 1977, 296 pages, illustrated throughout with photographs of coins, hardcover, English text. An important reference work on Russian coins. With supplement by Russian Numismatic Society, Akron, Ohio, 1987. A compilation of new types and dates discovered in the decade since his original book. There is a valuation guide compiled by James Elmen to be used in conjunction with the main volume. Still one of the best books on Russian copper.

  SARC Literature Sale 1 Lot 44 Coinage and Money Under the Roman Republic SARC Literature Sale 1 Lot 70 Coins of the Indian Sultanates
Lots 44 and 70

Lot 44: Crawford, Michael H., Coinage and Money Under the Roman Republic: Italy and the Mediterranean Economy, London 1985, 355 pages, hardcover with dust jacket. Great reference book for collectors of Roman Republic coinage.

Lot 70: Goron, Stan & Goenka, J.P. Coins of the Indian Sultanates Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2001, 564 pages with photos throughout, hardcover with dust jacket. An extensive and incredibly well-produced catalouge of the Arab Governors of Sind, Amirs of Sind, Amirs of Multan, Ghaznavids, Sultans of Dehli, Sultans of Bengal, Madura, Bahmani Sultans and their precursors, 'Adil Shahs of Bijapur, Barid Shahs of Bidar, Nizam Shahs of Ahmadnagar, Qutb Shahs of Golkonda, Sultans of Jaunpur, Kalpi, Gujarat, Khandesh, Kashmir, Sind and the Punjab. There is good introductory information, each type is photographed, and the legends are described. Legends are written out in Arabic in the coin descriptions, but can generally be found elsewhere. Printed on good heavy paper. A wonderful production that generally makes Rajgor's catalogue obsolete.

  SARC Literature Sale 1 Lot 75 Arab-Sasanian Copper Coinage SARC Literature Sale 1 Lot 94 Kann Chinese Coins
Lots 75 and 94

Lot 75: Gyselen, Rika, Arab-Sasanian Copper Coinage Verlag der Oesterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, 2000, 208 pages, 15 plates, softcover. An exhaustive study of Arab-Sasanian coppers. The introductory material covers the monetary prototypes, the iconography of the coins (busts, fire altar, animals, symbols), letends, dates, and various religious formulae. More than 100 types are illustrated with good line drawings and very detailed descriptions. Finally, there are many indices of legends in different scripts, collections, finds, and, at the end, photographic plates, ex James Farr Collection Library.

Lot 94: Kann, Eduard, Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins Los Angeles, 1954, original printing, 476 pages, 224 plates, hardcover with dust jacket in good condition. Long-time standard in-depth work on gold, silver, nickel. More historical information and depth of varieties than Krause. Still a much quoted reference work and a must for the collector of struck Chinese coinage, ex Dr. Allan Pacela Numismatic Library.

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