Kolbe & Fanning announces their first sale of the blockbuster BCD Library of numismatics of the ancient world. Here are some highlights.
BCD Library Sale February 17
Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are pleased to announce that we will be offering for sale by auction the extraordinary BCD Library on numismatics of the ancient world, with the first sale to be held on Saturday, February 17. The BCD Library is famous for its extraordinary depth, particularly in works on ancient Greek coinage. Carefully formed over the course of half a century, the library has become a resource familiar to experts around the world through the generosity of the owner in making his library available for their use. This initial auction focuses most heavily on published collections, general works, periodicals, and landmark publications, with literally thousands of titles remaining for future offerings. The online catalogue can be accessed at
Some highlights of this first sale include:
Lot 107: a complete set of the Zeitschrift für Numismatik (1874–1935), only of only a few such sets in private hands
Lot 126: J.N. Svoronos's classic Journal international d'archéologie numismatique, a complete set of this important and well-illustrated publication
Lot 165: an original, first edition set of Joseph Eckhel's Doctrina numorum veterum (1792–1798), finely bound in the 1840s by the London firm of Clarke & Bedford
Lot 177: T.E. Mionnet's 1806–1837 Description de médailles antiques, grecques et romaines, complete in sixteen volumes including the supplement and plates
Lots 197 and 311
Lot 197: the extremely rare folio volume (c. 1679) of 41 exceptional engraved plates depicting ancient coins in the collection of Louis XIV, part of the Cabinet du roi series
Lot 311: Jean Babelon's charming and very rare catalogue of the outstanding collection formed by Carlos de Beistegui, with 64 very fine plates
Lot 258: a complete, original set of Ernest Babelon's Traité des monnaies grecques et romaines (1901–1932), one of the landmark works in Greek numismatics
Lot 327: three volumes bringing together 146 unpublished photographic prints depicting over 5000 ancient Greek coins in the collection of the British Museum
Lots 353 and 518
Lot 353: Edward Newell's copy of Bernhard von Köhne's rare catalogue of the Prince Basil Kotchoubey collection, published in Saint Petersburg in 1857
Lot 518: the first edition of Svoronos's 1890 Numismatique de la Crète ancienne, the author's first major work and still a vitally important reference.
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
bid.numislit.com 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.
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The printed catalogue is being 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
numislit.com for those who prefer that format. Bids placed via post, email, or phone must be received by February 16, the day before the sale, in order for them to be processed. Advance absentee bids may also be placed at any time online at
bid.numislit.com. 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
numislit.com or email David Fanning at
email@example.com. To register for the sale, go to
bid.numislit.com. We look forward to your participation.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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