Kolbe & Fanning are holding a numismatic literature sale featuring Canadian and U.S. material, including a consignment from myself. See articles elsewhere in this issue for more information on a couple of the lots.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM KOLBE & FANNING SALE 168
Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are holding our next auction sale on Saturday,
September 23, 2023, featuring highlights from the Wayne Homren and Richard Cooper
Libraries, along with other rare and out-of-print works on ancient, world and U.S.
numismatics. The Richard Cooper Library is among the finest ever formed on the
subject of Canadian numismatics, and includes important manuscripts and
correspondence from Robert W. McLachlan. The Wayne Homren Library focuses on
U.S. material, and includes his extensive collection of numismatic ephemera. Some
highlights of the sale include:
Lot 76: a complete set of the 48 fine plates illustrating the Vicomte de Sartiges's
exceptional collection of Greek and Roman coins, including the supplement
Lot 124: an extraordinary archive of correspondence from the firm of Devins & Bolton,
whose extensive use of countermarking has made them numismatically famous
Lot 190: an extensive gathering of correspondence with Robert Wallace McLachlan
(1845–1926), Canada's greatest numismatist, comprising over 300 letters received from
over 140 correspondents
Lot 203: the unique holograph manuscript of McLachlan's
The Copper Currency of the Canadian Banks 1837–1857, one of thirty-four lots of McLachlan manuscripts offered as
part of the Richard Cooper Library
Lot 272: John J. Ford, Jr.'s complete set of the American Journal of Numismatics,
bound in 17 volumes, plus the separately published Index volume bound to match
Lot 312: a previously unrecorded copy printed on paper vellum of S.H. Chapman's 1914
catalogue of the William F. Gable collection, with plates and in original state, prepared
specially for the consignor
Lot 339: the special hardcover edition of Tom Elder's 1908 catalogue of the Peter
Gschwend collection, priced, and with plates and addenda
Lot 405: a finely bound complete set of Mason's Coin and Stamp Collectors' Magazine
(1867–1872), one of the earliest important American numismatic publications
Lot 456: an unbound and untrimmed copy of the 1792 Journal of the House of
Representatives chronicling the establishment of the United States Mint
Lot 526: an impressive collection of numismatic correspondence including letters from
Fred Baldwin, George Clapp, Albert Frey, R.M. Patterson, John Hickcox, and H.R.
Linderman, part of the extensive collection of numismatic ephemera formed by Wayne
Homren and featured in this auction.
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 has also been 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
numislit.com for those who prefer that format. Bids placed via post, email, fax or phone must be received by September 22, 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.
To read the Catalogue PDF, see:
A nice Coin World article by Steve Roach discusses additional highlights of the sale. Lot 269 is my set of The Numismatist.
Another bulky, but invaluable lot is Homren's complete set of the American Numismatic Association's publication The Numismatist, complete from 1888 to 1980. Volumes 1 to 6 from 1888 to 1893 are present in reprint form. According to the lot description,
While condition varies slightly, the set on the whole is near fine, with many of the early years achieving that level of preservation.
The publication is still considered by most ANA members as the primary benefit of membership.
The Numismatist remains one of the mainstays of American numismatic literature, though it has never had scholarly pretensions, nor has it been primarily a commercial publication. The historical issues are
filled with vignettes of collectors of the day, results of important sales, and fascinating gossip on a wide variety of topics.
Fanning calls the bound set
one of the great bargains of American numismatic literature as it carries an estimate of just $1,500.
While the early part of the set is from the library of Donald Miller, the later green bindings are from the library of Richard Foley of Pittsburgh. I'll miss being able to pull a volume off the shelf to read an article I learned about online - digitized books are just a photo album after all, and it's easier and more enjoyable to turn the physical pages. Reading the actual volumes printed a hundred years ago provides a direct tactile connection to numismatics of the bygone era.
To read the complete article, see:
Kolbe & Fanning's literature auction on Sept. 23
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
KOLBE & FANNING SEPTEMBER 2023 SALE ANNOUNCED
MARK COLLET AND THE 1851 ROPER SALE
NUMISMATIC AMERICANA: DREAMERS, COLLECTORS, AND THIEVES
Wayne Homren, Editor
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