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The P. Scott Rubin Numismatic Library Part Two

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers announced Part Two of their sale of the P. Scott Rubin Library, which will be held as a traditional mail-bid sale on Saturday, 10th July 2021. The 923-lot sale features material from the extraordinary library formed over the course of more than half a century by Scott Rubin, of which highlights were sold in Sale 157 last year. The present sale includes not only additional auction catalogues, but books, periodicals, and archival and ephemeral items. While most of the offerings focus on U.S. coins, it should be noted that quite a number of items pertain to ancient and world coins, and the sale includes something for everybody.

Some highlights of the sale include:

  • Lot 30: an extensive run of 129 Buy or Bid Sale catalogues issued by Harlan Berk, one of a number of lots featuring catalogues devoted primarily to ancient coins, including a group of sixty Harmer, Rooke sales (lot 219).
  • Lot 182: a rare plated copy of Tom Elder’s October 14–15, 1907 sale, featuring material from the J.N.T. Levick collection, Elder’s first plated catalogue.
  • Lot 429: a nearly complete set of Hans M.F. Schulman catalogues.
  • Lot 467: a complete run of the first 48 Stack’s catalogues, 1935–1940, being the first of a number of lots of Stack’s catalogues including Rubin’s choice of the 75 most important offerings of American coins (lot 470) and a group of 83 Stack’s catalogues featuring ancient coins (lot 471).
  • Lot 552: original photographic prints depicting 100 varieties of United States large cents from the collection of Louis Helfenstein.
  • Lot 557: an 1876 handwritten letter, signed, from Joseph J. Mickley to Edward Denham, on topics relating to American history, mostly concerning Swedish settlers in early Pennsylvania.
  • Lot 560: Dr. John Muscalus’s original doctoral thesis typescript.
  • Lot 564: Scott Rubin’s first attempts to track coin price records, a series of over 250 index cards on which thousands of records for some 212 rare United States coins were meticulously tracked during the late 1960s and early 1970s, with auctions consulted extending back to the 19th century.
  • Lot 589: Michael Hodder’s extensively annotated working copy of C. Wyllys Betts’s American Colonial History Illustrated by Contemporary Medals, with numerous inserts.
  • Lot 852: the limited edition of the 2008 Red Book issued in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the American Numismatic Society, one of 62 lots of Red Books and Blue Books in the sale.

With estimates ranging from $10 to $750, the sale is being conducted as a traditional mail-bid sale. There is no printed catalogue: the PDF catalogue can be downloaded. Bids may be placed via post, email, fax or phone, but there will be no live online bidding. Bids may be placed at any time and must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Saturday, 10th July 2021. See the Terms of Sale in the PDF catalogue for details. 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.