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The E-Sylum: Volume 27, Number 4, January 28, 2024, Article 2


Here are some additional highlights of the Kolbe & Fanning sale of the BCD Library. -Editor

BCD sale catalog cover BCD Library Sale Highlights

The initial sale of material from the extraordinary BCD Library on the coinage of antiquity will be held by Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers on Saturday, February 17. The BCD Library was formed over the course of half a century, and this is reflected by both the breadth and depth of its holdings, most particularly those pertaining to ancient Greek coinage. This first auction, which can be accessed at, primarily focuses on published collections, general works, periodicals, and landmark publications.

Some highlights include:

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  K-F BCD Sale Lot 081 Nomisma K-F BCD Sale Lot 186 Specimen Rei Nummariae
Lots 81 and 168

Lot 81: an exceptional complete set of Hans von Fritze and Hugo Gaebler's important periodical Nomisma, bound in two volumes with the plates on hinges

Lot 168: a complete set of the 338 engraved folio plates depicting ancient coins prepared for John Jacob Gessner's 1735–1738 Specimen Rei Nummariae

  K-F BCD Sale Lot 106 Numismatic Chronicle

Lot 106: a fine complete set of the Numismatic Chronicle (1838–2022), one of the truly great scholarly numismatic periodicals

  K-F BCD Sale Lot 203 Catalogus Musei Caesarei Vindobonensis Numorum Veterem K-F BCD Sale Lot 242 Visconti's Greek and Roman iconography
Lots 203 and 242

Lot 203: Joseph Eckhel's rarely encountered 1779 folio catalogue of the Vienna Cabinet, Catalogus Musei Caesarei Vindobonensis Numorum Veterem

Lot 242: the complete plates for Visconti's extraordinary 1811–1817 Greek and Roman iconography, rendered with exceptional skill in a large folio format

  K-F BCD Sale Lot 325 Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum

Lot 325: a complete first edition set of the 29-volume Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum (1873–1927), the most comprehensive reference on the subject ever published

  K-F BCD Sale Lot 395 Collection du Vicomte de Sartiges K-F BCD Sale Lot 413 collection of ancient bronze coins of Magna Graecia and Sicily formed by Tom Virzi
Lots 395 and 413

Lot 395: the Collection du Vicomte de Sartiges, complete with supplement, featuring 48 very fine plates of ancient Greek and Roman coins

Lot 413: the photographic record of the collection of ancient bronze coins of Magna Graecia and Sicily formed by Tom Virzi, with 2238 coins depicted on 77 original photographic plates

  K-F BCD Sale Lot 485 The Chalcidic Mint K-F BCD Sale Lot 502 Tresor de la numismatique grecque ancienne - les monnaies d'Athenes
Lots 485 and 502

Lot 485: Robinson and Clement's rare and desirable work on The Chalcidic Mint, the only substantial reference on the coins of Olynthus

Lot 502: the classic work on the coins of Athens, Svoronos & Pick's 1923–1926 Trésor de la numismatique grecque ancienne : les monnaies d'Athènes.

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 has also been listed on Biddr and NumisBids.

To bid and view lots, see:

To view the catalogie PDF, see:

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 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 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.

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