Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers held their 130th mail-bid sale of important numismatic books on Thursday, September 26. The sale featured over 600 lots of material on ancient, medieval, foreign and U.S. numismatics. The sale did well, reflecting the continued demand for rare and out-of-print reference works and collectible numismatic publications.
Some highlights included:
—J. Francis Fisher’s 1837 Description of American Medals (lot 459) brought $3162.50 (all prices include the 15% buyers’ premium)
—An original set of the French Van Loon (lot 186) sold for $2850.00
—A set of photographic prints depicting U.S. large cents from the Lou Helfenstein collection sold for a very strong $2530 on a $250 estimate
—A complete set of Mehl’s Numismatic Monthly (lot 516) brought $2300
—Henry Chapman’s 1918 Jackman sale, with plates (lot 426) sold for $2012.50
—An 1879 holograph letter from A. Loudon Snowden on electrotyping coins in the U.S. Mint Cabinet (lot 586) brought $1437.50 on very strong bidding
—The Archiv für Medaillen- und Plaketten-Kunde (lot 116) brought $1380.00
—Thomas Egerton Tatton’s annotated copy of Conder’s 1798 first edition of An Arrangement of Provincial Coins sold for $1035.00 on a $500 estimate
—A nicely bound volume containing all three Jacob Hirsch Ars Classica sales featuring the Clarence Bement collection of ancient coins brought $948.75 on a $500 estimate
—Alföldi’s Caesar in 44 v. Chr. (lot 4) sold for a robust $833.75.
Kolbe & Fanning’s next sales will be our January 11, 2014 public auctions held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention. We will be holding two sales on what should prove to be a very busy day for numismatic bibliophiles. The morning will see us offering highlights from the Quentin Archer library on Russian numismatics. The afternoon will be devoted to selections from the comprehensive library on ancient coins formed by Herbert Kreindler. The Kreindler library sale is a joint effort between our firm and Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH; an eLive online sale featuring the remainder of the Kreindler library will be held soon after the public sale (exact date to be announced).