One of the lots Kolbe & Fanning highlighted in their current sale is my group of AJN issues selected from the back issue hoard I was fortunate to acquire over twenty-five years ago. Here's the catalog description.
[American Numismatic Society] American Numismatic & Archæological Society; Boston Numismatic Society; American Numismatic Society. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NUMISMATICS. Twenty-four complete volumes, being Volumes 1, 3, 4, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 29, 30, 32, 40, 42, 43, 44, 47, 49 and 52 (New York and Boston, 1866–1918). Additional issues from twelve incomplete volumes also present: Volume 2, Nos. 3–12; Volume 5, Nos. 1 and 3; Volume 7, Nos. 2–4; Volume 10, Nos. 3–4; Volume 33, Nos. 1–2 and 4; Volume 34, Nos. 2–3; Volume 35, Nos. 1 and 4; Volume 38, No. 4; Volume 41, Nos. 1, 3 and 4; Volume 45, Nos. 2–4; Volume 46, Nos. 2–4; and Volume 53, Parts II and III. Varying 4to sizes, all in the original printed paper covers. A few copies with worn or stained covers, but generally fine and often pristine copies.
A remarkable offering of original issues of the American Journal of Numismatics, nearly all of them unusually well-preserved and in original state. These are Wayne Homren's personal copies selected from the hoard of back issues discovered by him in late 1997. The hoard was the remnants of those issues obtained from the American Numismatic Society by the Johnson Reprint Company when they produced their reproduction of the AJN. Homren retained one copy of each issue present in the hoard, selling the rest of them through the Money Tree (the firm's principals, Myron Xenos and Ken Lowe, tell the story in Out on a Limb No. 21 (January 1998).
Even today, the AJN remains an indispensable source of numismatic information and lore. Many of America's greatest contributions to numismatic scholarship first appeared in its pages. Crosby's classic works on large cents, parts of his Early Coins of America, Frey's Dictionary of Numismatic Names, Edgar Adams's extensive work on California pioneer gold coins and, later on, the scholarly, still indispensable studies on ancient Greek coins by Newell, Baldwin Brett, and others are but a small sampling.
For American researchers, the Journal is interesting for the reminiscences and other fascinating tidbits of information to be found in the earlier volumes, much of which is little known today except among the few fortunate to possess a set of this remarkable storehouse of knowledge. Later volumes include a number of more intensive articles on American subjects, including Adams on private and territorial gold and Miller and Ryder on state coppers (though not all of these are present in this lot).
Although condition varies slightly, many of the issues here present are in a nearly new state of preservation very rarely seen on the market. The Levick plate (Volume 3, No. 12) is the second version and does not have a Rockwood embossed stamp. "The history of the Journal, if it could be given in detail, would be a history of American numismatics." — Volume 41, 1907, page 105. Clain-Stefanelli 350. Grierson 16. Kolbe 810. Sigler 74. Ex Wayne Homren Library.
See the next article in this issue for Ken Lowe's colorful Out on a Limb story of the hoard.
To read the complete lot description, see:
The Best of the Homren Hoard
Wayne Homren, Editor
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