The latest addition to the Newman Numismatic Portal are the Lester Merkin Catalogs. Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the
following report. -Editor
The New York dealer Lester Merkin conducted 31 sales between 1964 and 1976, and these auction catalogs are now available on the Newman
Portal. Merkin's premier sale, presenting the Louis Helfenstein large cents, is notable for the use of color photography on the catalog cover. Merkin
was obviously intending to make a splash, and, considering the importance of the consignment, succeeded nicely.
Walter Breen catalogued for Merkin during this period and the material quality is strong. Halftone plates, typical of the era, are not
ideal for pedigree purposes, but the overall presentation is solid, and more than a few numismatic tidbits will be gleaned from this
important run of catalogs.
Link to Lester Merkin auction catalogs on the Newman Portal:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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