Kolbe & Fanning held their 125th mail-bid sale of numismatic literature on Thursday, June 7. The sale featured material from the libraries of F. Gordon Frost, David Davis and a major coin firm. The sale was notable for the remarkable variety of works offered, with seemingly every numismatic area being represented. This was reflected in the bidding activity, with customers from around the world vying for lots.

A few highlights follow (all prices include the 15% buyer’s premium):

  • Plated Chapman catalogues received heavy bidding, with examples of the Wilson (US$1322.50), Jewett ($2415), Beckwith ($1150), Groves ($862.50) and Brown ($862.50) sales bringing good prices.
  • A rare copy of Parisio’s 1683 Rariora Magnae Graeiae Numismata brought $1380 on a $400 estimate.
  • Hermann Conrig’s very rare 1675 work on ancient Jewish coins brought a robust $776.25 on a $400 estimate.
  • A fine set of Hill’s extraordinary Corpus of Italian Medals of the Renaissance before Cellini brought $3680.
  • An original set of Rizzo’s Monete Greche della Sicilia, one of the most desirable books on ancient coins ever published, brought a strong $4600 on a $3000 estimate.

Kolbe & Fanning’s next mail-bid sale will be held October 4. We are actively seeking rare and desirable numismatic works for outright purchase or for inclusion in our upcoming mail-bid or public auction sales. We are particularly seeking exceptional numismatic works for inclusion in our New York Book Auction, to be held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) on January 12, 2013. For more information, please contact David Fanning at df@numislit.com. For the firm’s website, go to www.numislit.com, where the full prices realized list for the June 7 sale is available.

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