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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 46, November 13, 2022, Article 2


Kolbe & Fanning have announced their next numismatic literature sale. Some fabulous material. See an article elsewhere in this issue for more information on one of the lots. -Editor

Kolbe-Fanning sale 165 cover Kolbe & Fanning December 3 Sale

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are happy to announce that we will be holding our next auction sale on Saturday, December 3, 2022. The sale includes a wide variety of rare and out-of-print works on coins, medals, and paper money from antiquity to the present, including material from over two dozen consignors.

Some highlights of the sale include:

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  Kolbe-Fanning Sale 165 Lot 007 Arethuse Kolbe-Fanning Sale 165 Lot 026  Abukir Find
Lots 7 and 26

Lot 7: a complete set of Jean Babelon and Pierre d'Espezel's significant journal Arethuse, on ancient art and coinage

Lot 26: Heinrich Dressel's important 1906 publication on the Abukir Find of magnificent ancient gold medallions

  Kolbe-Fanning Sale 165 Lot 032 Kreindler's Gemini bidbooks
Lot 32

Lot 32: Herb Kreindler's heavily annotated personal set of bidbooks from the Gemini series of auctions

  Kolbe-Fanning Sale 165 Lot 109 Visconti Iconography Kolbe-Fanning Sale 165 Lot 131 Maria Theresa's coin cabinet
Lots 109 and 131

Lot 109: an outstanding complete set of Visconti & Mongez's incomparable Greek & Roman iconography, published in seven massive folio volumes

Lot 131: the extraordinary 1756 folio volume illustrating Maria Theresa's silver coin cabinet

  Kolbe-Fanning Sale 165 Lot 169 McLachlan's Canadian Numismatics Kolbe-Fanning Sale 165 Lot 215 Wingate's Coinage of Scotland
Lots 169 and 215

Lot 169: Robert W. McLachlan's foundational 1886 Canadian Numismatics, one of only 100 copies printed in book form

Lot 215: a beautifully bound copy of James Wingate's 1868 Illustrations from the Coinage of Scotland, in the original full crimson morocco

  Kolbe-Fanning Sale 165 Lot 236 Deluxe California Gold Rush History
Lot 236

Lot 236: the deluxe limited edition of A California Gold Rush History, by Q. David Bowers, extravagantly bound with gold dust from the wreck of the S.S. Central America

  Kolbe-Fanning Sale 165 Lot 309 Frossard 1884 Greek Coins sale Kolbe-Fanning Sale 165 Lot 382 Riddell's Branch Mint at New Orleans
Lots 309 and 382

Lot 309: a remarkable collection of 84 different auction catalogues issued by Ed Frossard, one of the most important 19th-century US coin dealers

Lot 382: the extremely rare illustrated 1847 second edition of John L. Riddell's The Branch Mint at New Orleans, only the second copy to have come to market.

Register early to bid online
Bids may be placed via post, email, fax or 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 December 2, 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. 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:

Holabird E-Sylum ad 2022-12-03 SSCA sale Part I

Wayne Homren, Editor

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