Howard R. Engel of Richard Stockley Books has purchased part of the numismatic library of Canadian researcher Scott E. Douglas. Here's an account of their transaction submitted by Howard. Thanks - a great adventure!
Scott preparing to unload
As a man true to his word, Scott E. Douglas, FONA, FRCNA, FCNRS, & The Grand Knight of the St Eligius Brotherhood of Numismatists of Canada, packed up and tied down 41 boxes of books (mostly of the standard banker's box size) containing some 2,484 items for delivery on Mon. Apr. 10 to complete Richard Stockley Books' purchase of the initial part of his numismatic library that he made available for sale just prior to the RCNA Convention last July. This was about twice as much material as he originally estimated because, upon reflection he decided to include umpteen boxes of auction catalogues that he's accumulated for research purposes over the past few decades of his active numismatic life.
Scott and Howard completing the transaction
Thankfully, the long trip (some 2175 km or about 1352 miles) door to door from his home in Acton, Ontario to that of Howard R. Engel in Winnipeg (which is, incidentally, just a stone's throw from the Winnipeg Mint) was thankfully uneventful. He missed the ice storm that plagued Eastern Ontario and Quebec and the Colorado low pressure system that dumped 15-25 cm. of snow on Winnipeg less than a week earlier. Upon arriving just past noon on Mon. Apr. 10, in very short order we unloaded the boxes onto the low deck facing the newly constructed climate-controlled book storage shed.
Howard took most of the rest of the day carting the boxes inside, but not before checking out their tantalizing contents. Highlights include something for just about everyone in the hobby, no matter what level, from beginner to advanced, and consisting of literature on just about every type of numismatic material, whether coins, medals, tokens, paper money and exonumia, including numismatic literature as a collectible in and of itself.
Congratulations to both parties on the completed transaction! For price lists, Howard can be reached at
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