Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are pleased to announce that we will be holding our next auction sale on Saturday, February 25, 2023. The sale includes a remarkable variety of rare and out-of-print works on coins, medals, and paper money from antiquity to the present, combining selections from an impressive library on world coins with further selections from the extraordinary Cardinal Collection Library. There is also a special selection of items from the archives of the illustrious French engraver Augustin Dupré, whose works include the famous Libertas Americana medal, the new decimal coinage following the French Revolution, the Diplomatic Medal, and the Comitia Americana medals for Nathanael Greene, John Paul Jones, and Daniel Morgan.
Some highlights of the sale include:
Lot 63: An original set of Giulio Emanuele Rizzo’s classic work on the coinage of Sicily, Monete greche delle Sicilia
Lot 67: The 1896 catalogue of the collection of Roman and Byzantine gold coins formed by Hyman Montagu, with 41 fine plates
Lot 99: An exceptional set of Argelati’s De monetis Italiae variorum illustrium virorum dissertationes, the classic work on the coinage of Italy
Lot 167: George Francis Hill’s masterwork, A Corpus of Italian Medals of the Renaissance before Cellini
Lot 203: Frans van Mieris’s magnificent 1732–1735 three-volume folio compendium of Dutch historical medals
Lot 246: A remarkable 1793 sketch by Augustin Dupré depicting the “Droits de l’Homme,” one of several works by or relating to Dupré in the sale
Lot 249: The original 1791 letter to Dupré from the Comte de Moustier, published in Loubat, inquiring about the American Diplomatic Medal
Lot 265: An original printing of Emmanuel Joseph Attinelli’s Numisgraphics, the first substantial numismatic bibliography published in the United States
Lot 300: Ralph Barker’s well-preserved plated copy of the Chapman Brothers’ important 1906 catalogue of the collection of Harlan P. Smith
Lot 318: The extensive Jack Collins archives on the 1794 dollar, including his specially bound photographically illustrated manuscript
Lot 321: A handsomely bound set of Crévecoeur’s 1787 account of the nascent United States, with a description of the coinage and an engraving of the Libertas Americana medal
Lot 341: Tom Elder’s 1929 catalogue of the Dr. George Alfred Lawrence collection with all 22 photographic plates, handsomely bound by Alan Grace
Lot 406: The 1870 edition of Edward Maris’s Varieties of the Copper Issues of the United States Mint in the Year 1794, one of the classic rarities of early copper literature
Lot 448: The legendary 1886 catalogue of the Dr. Edward Maris collection, with six photographically printed plates, enormously important and rare
Lot 478: A virtually unknown 1793 printing of the Acts Passed at the First Session of the Second Congress – including the Act Establishing a Mint.
Register Early to Bid Online
Bids may be placed via post, email, fax, or 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 will also be listed on Biddr and NumisBids in the near future.
A PDF of the printed catalogue has been posted to our main website for those who prefer that format. Bids placed via post, email, fax, or phone must be received by February 24, 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.
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Special Offerings in Our Bookstore
The Hunterian Roman Coins, Complete
- ROMAN IMPERIAL COINS IN THE HUNTER COIN CABINET, GLASGOW. VOLUMES I–V. AUGUSTUS TO ZENO.
- Anne S. Robertson
An extensive and most important catalogue of this major collection of Roman coins, covering the period from 28 BC to AD 491. Includes 2852 pages and 432 fine plates of coins.
Webb on Carausius
- THE REIGN AND COINAGE OF CARAUSIUS.
- Percy H. Webb
Rarely encountered, Webb’s classic study was the most substantive work on the subject at the time of publication. Ex Arthur Dennis Passmore, with his antiquarian bookplate.
Dumbarton Oaks Volume IV
- CATALOGUE OF THE BYZANTINE COINS IN THE DUMBARTON OAKS COLLECTION AND IN THE WHITTEMORE COLLECTION. VOLUME FOUR: ALEXIUS I TO MICHAEL VIII, 1081–1261.
- Michael F. Hendy
An important volume of this indispensable, standard reference work, covering the tumultuous period from 1081–1261, including the sacking of Constantinople in 1204 and its aftermath.
Montagu Anglo-Saxon & English Coins
- THE MONTAGU COLLECTION OF COINS. FIRST–THIRD PORTIONS, BRITISH, ANGLO-SAXON & ENGLISH SERIES
- Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge.
Magnificent, well-catalogued sales of English coins, from one of the most important collections ever formed.
Rare Works on Burmese Coins
- NOTES ON CURRENCY AND COINAGE AMONG THE BURMESE…
- Richard C. Temple
A bound volume of three offprints by Temple on this subject, all of them very rare. Temple served as British administrator of Mandalay after the fall of King Thibaw.
Rare Sale of French Revolution Material
- COLLECTION TASBILLE (PREMIÈRE PARTIE) SUR LA RÉVOLUTION FRANÇAISE.
- Clément Platt, et al.
A finely bound copy of this very rare 1938 sale catalogue offering material pertaining to the French Revolution, with most of the plates illustrating coins, medals, and jetons.
Hardcover Pittman American Sales
- THE JOHN JAY PITTMAN COLLECTION. SELECTED NUMISMATIC RARITIES. PARTS ONE & TWO.
- David Akers Numismatics
Both volumes of the Special Hardcover Editions of the catalogues prepared for the American portion of Pittman’s collection. One of the truly great U.S. collections of the 20th century.
Deluxe Twinleaf & Bassoli Libraries
- AUCTION SALES ONE HUNDRED SEVEN & EIGHT. THE TWINLEAF LIBRARY. [with] THE DR. FERDINANDO BASSOLI LIBRARY.
- George Frederick Kolbe
The deluxe hardcover editions of Kolbe’s two-volume 2009 New York Book Auction, featuring outstanding American material and antiquarian numismatic literature, respectively.
Cutting-Edge Colonial Coin Presentations
- ROGER SIBONI’S BEACH SYMPOSIUM VII: SATURDAY—10 SEPTEMBER 2011.
- Roger Siboni [organizer]
Produced in very limited numbers, the Siboni Beach Symposia volumes bring together casually presented yet cutting-edge research on early American numismatics.
Kolbe & Fanning stock over 1,000 retail titles on our website at numislit.com. Users can browse by category or search by title, as well as sign up to receive email notifications when new titles are added to particular categories. We’re here to help you find what you need.
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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 protected]. To register for the sale, go to bid.numislit.com. We look forward to your participation.