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The E-Sylum: Volume 26, Number 36, September 3, 2023, Article 3


Kolbe & Fanning have announced their next numismatic literature sale, featuring Canadian and U.S. material, including a consignment from yours truly. See articles elsewhere in this issue for more information on my library and a couple of the lots. -Editor

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Kolbe & Fanning September 23 Book Sale

K-F Sale 168 cover Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are pleased to announce that we will be holding our next auction sale on Saturday, September 23, 2023. The sale includes rare and out-of-print works on ancient, world and U.S. numismatics, and features highlights from the Wayne Homren and Richard Cooper libraries.

The Homren Library focuses on U.S. coins, tokens, medals and paper money, and includes his extensive collection of numismatic ephemera. The Cooper Library is among the finest ever formed on the subject of Canadian numismatics, and includes important manuscripts and correspondence from Robert W. McLachlan.

Some highlights of the sale include:

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  K-F Sale 168 Lot 031 Weber Greek Coins K-F Sale 168 Lot 189 McLachlan correspondence

Lot 31: Leonard Forrer's 1922–1929 Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Greek Coins Formed by Sir Hermann Weber

Lot 189: eighty-two handwritten letters from Canadian collection Thomas Wilson to R.W. McLachlan, 1870–1885, part of the extraordinary collection of McLachlan correspondence offered as part of the Richard Cooper Library

  K-F Sale 168 Lot 231 Canadian Antiquarian and Numismatic Journal,

Lot 231: a finely bound and entirely complete set of The Canadian Antiquarian and Numismatic Journal, published 1872–1933 by the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Montreal

  K-F Sale 168 Lot 210 Canadian Card Money K-F Sale 168 Lot 270 Numismatist volumes 3-6

Lot 210: McLachlan's original handwritten manuscript, The First Paper Money, published in 1910 as Canadian Card Money, one of his most important publications and just part of the collection of McLachlan manuscripts offered as part of the Richard Cooper Library

Lot 270: Volumes 3 through 6 (1891–1893) of The Numismatist, published by Dr. George F. Heath, finely bound in one volume

  K-F Sale 168 Lot 297 Bushnell's New York tokens K-F Sale 168 Lot 318 Levick's Charles Foote collection

Lot 297: the extremely rare second edition of Charles I. Bushnell's An Historical Account of the First Three Business Tokens Issued in the City of New York

Lot 318: J.N.T. Levick's personal copy of the original manuscript record of Edward Cogan's March 1859 sale of the Charles Foote collection

  K-F Sale 168 Lot 397 large paper J.N.T. Levick collection

Lot 397: a large-paper copy, one of 12 printed, of the 1865 sale of J.N.T. Levick's collection, postponed after the assassination of President Lincoln

  K-F Sale 168 Lot 453 Mark W. Collet Roper collection K-F Sale 168 Lot 522 numismatic Americana

Lot 453: a wonderful bound volume of American numismatic auction catalogues of the 1850s, including the 1851 Roper sale, from the library of Dr. Mark W. Collet, who was killed in action during the Civil War at age thirty-six

Lot 522: three binders of numismatic Americana, including early American numismatic pamphlets and catalogues, advertising circulars and other publications, part of the extensive collection of numismatic ephemera formed by Wayne Homren and featured in this auction.

Register early to bid online
Bids may be placed via post, email, phone, as well as online. Kolbe & Fanning use Auction Mobility as our third-party online bidding platform. Auction Mobility is an app-based platform allowing users the ability to participate in the sale through phones, tablets and computers. To register for the sale, bidders must go to and sign up. Once you have set up an account, you may browse lots, place advance bids, or participate in the live sale online. Those wishing to participate on their devices can download the Kolbe & Fanning app through the Apple or Google Play Store. The sale will also be listed on Biddr and NumisBids in the near future.

The printed catalogue has been mailed to all active customers on our mailing list. As international mail speeds have been inconsistent, we encourage our foreign 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 September 22, 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, and our sales are conducted by licensed auctioneers. For more information, please see the Kolbe & Fanning website at or email David Fanning at To register for the sale, go to We look forward to your participation.

To read the Catalogue PDF, see:

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