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Remarkable Selection of Rare Numismatic Literature at Kolbe & Fanning

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are announcing their Sale 156, which will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020. The 419-lot sale includes a remarkable selection of books on ancient, world and U.S. numismatics, including material from the libraries of Phil Carrigan, Dan Freidus, and Doug Robins. The sale features an especially diverse selection of material, perhaps most notable for rare and unusual American publications, but also including a number of infrequently encountered and desirable works on ancient and foreign coins and medals.

Some highlights of the sale include:

Lot 20: A freshly bound set of Forrer’s Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Greek Coins Formed by Sir Hermann Weber. Estimate: $2,750.

Lot 25: Grueber’s 1874 catalogue of Roman Medallions in the British Museum, with 66 autotype plates. Estimate: $500.

Lot 43: Edward T. Newell’s own copy of his 1916 The Dated Alexander Coinage of Sidon and Ake, interleaved and extensively annotate. Estimate: $1,200.

Lot 75: The majestic 1732 Numismata Virorum Illustrium ex Barbadica Gente, bound with the rare 1760 supplement with five additional plates annotated. Estimate: $2,000.

Lot 129: Li Zuoxian’s classic 20-volume compendium on Chinese coins, the Gu Quan Hui (also transliterated as Ku Ch’üan Hui), complete with the supplementary Xu Quan Hui (Hsu Ch’üan Hui) Estimate: $1,000.

Lot 154: A remarkable bound volume of twelve 19th-century British auction catalogues, including two of the utmost rarity, from the library of Terence Robertson. Estimate: $1,200.

Lot 244: Dr. Charles Clay’s very rare 1864-1868 Manchester Numismatic Society serial, with the earliest photographic plates to appear in a numismatic journal, which depict American colonial coins in addition to other issues. Estimate: $1,000.

Lot 339: Charles Bushnell’s extra-illustrated copy of Nathaniel Paine’s rare 1866 Remarks on the Early Paper Currency of Massachusetts, another pioneering use of photography in a numismatic work. Estimate: $2,500.

Lot 343: A very rare 1821 Jacob Perkins publication on the Prevention of the Forgery of Bank Notes, originally presented to a member of the Perkins family and previously thought to be unique. Estimate: $5,000.

Lot 411: Thomas Wyatt’s 1848 work on American medals presented to military figures, with unusually well-preserved plates engraved with a medal-ruling machine. Estimate: $400.


The printed catalogue has been mailed to active customers. A PDF of the printed catalogue is available at the the Kolbe & Fanning website for those who prefer that format.

Bids placed via post, email, fax or phone must be received by Friday, May 29, the day before the sale, in order for them to be processed. Advance absentee bids may also be placed at any time online; 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 or email David Fanning.