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Kolbe & Fanning Announce Their January 2013 New York Book Auction

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have completed the catalogue of their 2013 New York Book Auction, to be held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on Saturday, January 12, in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention.

The sale is composed of 271 lots of high-quality works covering the entire range of numismatics, with the first session focusing on ancient and foreign topics and the second session focusing on U.S. subjects. In addition to a wide variety of standard and specialized books, the sale is notable for including exceptionally important archival materials and unique manuscripts from a variety of sources.

Highlights include:

–Unique and highly important materials from the personal archives of Elvira and Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli, including Elvira’s extraordinary notebooks and Vladimir’s extensive archive on the USAOG controversy.

–An exquisitely bound manuscript dated 1720 by Thomas Compton that may well be the earliest substantive work on the entirety of British coinage.

–An extremely important assemblage of materials on the acquisition, sale and subsequent donation to the National Coin Collection of the exceptional collection of Russian coins belonging to Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich.

–Tom Virzi’s full 900-page manuscript on the bronze coins of Magna Graecia, an unpublished work of legendary importance.

–A previously unrecorded Geoffrey Charlton Adams sale with two fine photographic plates.

–William Sheldon’s personal copy of Early American Cents, with the condition census updated throughout in pencil, presented by the author to specialist John W. Adams.

–Personal correspondence and manuscripts by Walter Breen.

–John Eshbach’s exceptional collection of the numismatic works of Charles Steigerwalt.

Bids may be placed via mail, email, phone or fax. As in years past, live internet bidding will be available to participants via Every lot will be illustrated on, and bidders may follow along with the auction in real time and place bids as though they were in attendance (prior registration is required). Bids may also be left in advance, to be placed automatically during the sale.

The printed catalogue is being sent to customers on the Kolbe & Fanning mailing list at this time. Others may obtain a printed catalogue by sending $20 to the firm. The catalogue also may be downloaded in PDF form from the Kolbe & Fanning website at For full bidding instructions, please see the catalogue and read the terms of sale.

For more information or to place bids before January 7, please contact David Fanning at [email protected] or  (614) 414-0855 FREE  . After January 7, please use (614) 256-8915. Bids may not be faxed after January 7, and no bid received in the mail after that date can be entered, as we will be in New York.

Thank you, and we look forward to your participation!

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