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Scott Travers’ ‘Survival Manual’ Now Available in Seventh Edition

(New York, NY) – Gold and grading share the spotlight in The Coin Collector’s Survival Manual, Seventh Edition, the just-released latest edition of the perennial hobby bestseller by award-winning author Scott A. Travers. Published by Random House, this thoroughly updated 400-page book also contains two new and timely fact-filled chapters; one on buying and selling gold coins and other precious metal items, the other on recent innovations in coin grading.

With gold scaling record-high price levels, Travers examines the impact the precious metals boom is having on the rare coin market. Citing one expert’s prediction that gold might soar to $10,000 an ounce, he shows why this is not far-fetched. A new section of the book looks at possible negative effects for collectors and dealers if burdensome IRS 1099 reporting requirements are not changed before their scheduled implementation in 2012.

Travers also provides pointers on how to avoid being victimized when buying or selling valuables containing precious metal, and goes behind the scenes to show in detail how buyers determine the value of gold and silver in items they buy from the public. Travers reveals insider secrets for getting the most money when selling gold and silver coins, jewelry or “scrap.”

He cautions that high-profile gold buyers who advertise extensively often pay rock-bottom prices, “luring cash-starved victims with slick TV commercials or eye-catching newspaper ads promising ‘top dollar’ for the gold that’s sitting idle in their jewelry boxes or drawers.”

A new chapter titled “A Grade Leap Forward” explores what Travers calls “the new math of coin grading” – the enhancement made possible in early 2010 when the Professional Coin Grading Service introduced its PCGS Secure Plus™ system and added intermediate “plus” (+) designations to coins at the high end of their grade level. The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation of America (NGC) soon began offering similar grading.

Exclusive first-time photographs show the differences between “regular” and “plus” grades.

Travers also explains how Secure Plus™ combats coin “doctoring” and shares insiders’ tips on how to get the greatest value when buying and selling PCGS and NGC plus-grade coins.

Hundreds of never-before-published digitized coin images give readers a clear look at subtle grading nuances and ways to detect altered coins. In a beefed-up color section, surprising photos reveal how the same coin was given different grades by leading services. It also shows examples of difficult-to-detect doctored and altered coins, plus endangered coins rescued from harm’s way through proper conservation.

Exclusive color photographs pinpoint how to distinguish between Morgan dollars and Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles that are Mint State-65 and Mint State 65+ — a small difference in grade that can make a significant difference in marketplace value. (more…)

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Book Auction to be Held in NYC in January

On January 8, 2011, numismatic booksellers Kolbe & Fanning will conduct a public auction sale at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention.

The sale features 500 lots of rare and desirable works of numismatic interest, including highlights from the superb Alan Luedeking Latin American numismatic Library, classic nineteenth- and early twentieth-century works on Russian coins and medals from the library of Dr. Ira Rezak, the Dr. Jeff Hosford collection of Crosbyana, key works on ancient coins, and great classic works on American numismatics, some from the library of the New Netherlands Coin Company. Additional consignors to the sale include Norwegian numismatist Jan Olav Aamlid, Minnesota dealer Allan Davisson and the estate of the late Northern California coin dealer Robert R. Johnson.

There are any number of rarities in the sale, covering the numismatic spectrum.

A printed catalogue may be obtained by sending $25 to: KOLBE & FANNING NUMISMATIC BOOKSELLERS LLC, 141 W JOHNSTOWN ROAD, GAHANNA OH 43230-2700. The catalogue is also accessible free of charge at Kolbe & Fanning website:

The sale features no fewer than seven original editions of Sylvester Crosby’s Early Coins of America, including two from the library of the author and five other quite special copies. Other American rarities include an original 1925 Browning work on quarter dollars annotated by Walter Breen; a nice 1921 John Story Jenks sale with original photographic plates; three Eckfeldt and Du Bois works featuring actual gold examples from the California Gold Rush; a superb deluxe leather-bound set of the virtually unknown 1881 edition of Loubat’s Medallic History of the United States; all three of James Mease’s extremely rare 1821-1838 works on United States numismatics, the earliest works on the topic written from a numismatic perspective; B. Max Mehl’s own set of Mehl’s Numismatic Monthly; George Woodside’s own annotated copy, with plates, of the 1892 sale catalogue of his collection of United States pattern coins; the unique and extensive numismatic archive of Chicagoan Michael A. Powills, a noted coin collector prominent in American Numismatic Association affairs and the leading numismatic book dealer of his time, containing many thousands of letters from the key movers and shakers in American numismatics, circa 1930-1980; papers relating to the Dr. John E. Wilkison collection of United States pattern gold coins; and a deluxe edition of Valentine’s famed 1924 work on fractional currency, annotated by Walter Breen.

Classic works on medieval and modern coins and medals include a superb set of the 1791 Beskrivelse over Danske Mynter og Medailler from the library of the Prime Minister of Denmark, along with other classic works on Scandinavian numismatics including the extremely rare supplement to the Beskrivelse; a number of rare and important 16th- and 17th-century merchant guides, often termed “Coin Books”; several very rare works on coining technology; rarities on Scottish and English numismatics from the Allan Davisson library; the first 21 volumes of Rivista Italiana, 1888-1908; the firm’s own annotated copies of over 300 Glendining & Co. auction catalogues, 1966-1986; and two leather-bound presentation volumes on Canadian numismatics written by Alfred Sandham. (more…)

Second Edition of Rasiel Suarez’ Book “Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins” Available

OLYMPIA, WA. November, 2010 — Lovers of classical Rome along with legions of coin collectors helped drive 2005’s “Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins” to an unlikely Top Ten position in the most sought after out-of-print books in America according to the news of which was then brought to national attention in an article in the Christian Science Monitor. These fans were pleased when noted numismatist Rasiel Suarez announced the availability of the long-awaited second edition just days later.

Customers who had been on the preorder queue, many for several months, were instantly impressed with the heft and sheer beauty of the book which tips the scales at just short of ten pounds. Amazon and Facebook fan page reviews continued praise in monolothic response with the common denominator being the breathtaking scope of the information covered and the eye candy of so many thousands of rare coins reproduced in high resolution color photography; a welcome departure from the customary fuzzy gray images otherwise so prevalent in numismatic literature.

The sizzle may sell but ultimately it’s the steak that feeds. ERIC II’s content catalogues a dizzying 60,000+ coin varieties far outclassing all previous Roman reference works in this critical metric then adds current market pricing and rarity data in an innovative approach that is considerably more accurate than the vague price guides published up until now.

Besides the text dealing directly with the coinage, the author has crammed every nook and cranny with biographical and historical notes relevant to each of the reigns. Even in this capacity, where photographs are not essential, the author nevertheless spares no opportunity to include even more of them in a bid to make each of its almost 300 sections a tidy, self-contained database of all the knowledge pertinent to that domain thus earning it the encyclopedia status of its namesake title.

First printing limited to 3,000 units, $149.95. Autographed and numbered copies of ERIC II: The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins may be ordered from the publisher’s website at

About the Author

Rasiel Suarez is owner and co-founder of Dirty Old Coins, LLC, a company founded in 2002 with the vision of bringing the hobby of ancient coin collecting to a broad demographic largely unaware that owning genuine ancient coins was both possible and affordable. 2005 saw the release of his first book, The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins, which broke new ground in making the subject much more accessible to those entering the hobby.

By 2007 the company had sold over one million Roman coins by way of retail-ready coin kits that taught thousands of families how to restore these ancient artifacts using the same methods museums use. His success as an author and recognized expert in the field of Roman numismatics was cemented by the release of the second edition of his Encyclopedia in the Fall of 2010. An avid traveler and photographer, Rasiel lives with his family in Olympia, Washington.

Kolbe & Fanning’s 119th auction sale, closing on November 18, 2010.

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers announce their 119th auction sale, closing on November 18, 2010. The 60-page, 588-lot catalogue comprises a diverse selection of interesting and elusive works on ancient, medieval and modern numismatics, and is particularly rich in rare and unusual works on American numismatics.

Featured in the sale among the many interesting lots of American interest are: the Currency Act of 1764, a rare British Parliamentary Act regulating American colonial paper money, the severe restriction of which provided in part the justification of the American Revolution; the Wayne Homren collection of some fifty early American newspapers with numismatic content, including a 1787 description of Fugio coppers, Birmingham coppers in 1752, a 1788 account of the Massachusetts Mint, George Washington’s 1792 comments on the establishment of the U.S. Mint, a contemporary account of 1794 dollars, early Mint Reports, a contemporary account of the 1851 Lewis Roper sale, and the 1857 loss of the S.S. Central America; nice examples of the first two coin publications of Q. David Bowers, issued in 1955 and 1956, and specially bound combined presentation editions of both the Garrett and Norweb collection sales; a special hardbound edition of Barney Bluestone’s famous Grinnell paper money sales; a 1914 letter from S.H. Chapman to William H. Woodin, discussing plated Gable sale catalogues; Evelyn’s 1697 Numismata, which includes the earliest illustration of the St. Patrick’s coinage; Sanborn Partridge’s rare 1979 article on Vermont coins, hand-annotated by the author; the famous 1878 Adolph Weyl sale of the Fonrobert collection of over 6,000 American and Canadian coins, tokens and medals; a nice first edition, first printing of the Red Book; a rare antebellum children’s guide book with currency tables, published in 1857 in Charleston by William Babcock; Confederate States of America publications on currency; a nautical almanac for the year 1803 signed by early American naval hero Thomas Truxtun that may well have accompanied Truxtun when he captured the French frigate L’Insurgente in 1799 and during the successful encounter in 1800 with La Vengeance, which resulted in President Jefferson presenting Truxtun with the first Congressional medal made in the United States; an interesting collection of American numismatic literature from the Civil War years; and two of the rarest limited editions of the Red Book: the 2008 ANS sesquicentennial and 2008 NLG Bash volumes, limited to editions of 250 and 135 copies respectively.

A few of the important works on ancient, medieval and modern numismatics include: a fine copy of John Evelyn’s 1697 Numismata, the first substantial work on English medals, once in the libraries of Rogers Ruding, Matthew Young and Edward Hawkins; a set of the Forni reprint of Babelon’s Traité des Monnaies Grecques et Romaines; a handsomely bound sales room copy of the iconic 1974 Zurich Kunstfreundes sale of superb ancient Greek coins, with buyers’ names and prices; a nice selection of Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum fascicules; the first 15 volumes, 1960-1989, of Numizmatika i Epigrafika; Medina’s classic 1924 Medallas Europeas Relativas à América; Cayón’s 1990-95 four-volume Compendio de las Monedas del Imperio Romano; the seldom-encountered Forni reprint of Imhoof-Blumer’s Die Antiken Münzen Nord-Griechenlands; and Éditions Spéciales of seven Victor Gadoury works on French coins.

A printed catalogue may be obtained by sending $10 to: KOLBE & FANNING NUMISMATIC BOOKSELLERS LLC, 141 W JOHNSTOWN ROAD, GAHANNA OH 43230-2700. The catalogue is also accessible free of charge on the Kolbe & Fanning website at (more…)

Some Further Thoughts on Carson City Double Eagle Gold Coins

By Doug Winter –

I’ve been working on a third edition of my book on Carson City gold coins. For some odd reason, I’ve been working from back to front, meaning that I’ve done the new research of double eagles before following this with eagles and half eagles. I’ve been able to uncover some really eye-opening new information on the rarity and price levels of Carson City double eagles and I’d like to share a few tidbits.

The last Carson City book that I produced was published in 2001, so almost a full decade has passed. My first impression about the market for Carson City double eagles is that it has become far, far more active than ever. Prices have risen significantly since 2001, especially for rarities and for high grade pieces.

In 2001, the five rarest Carson City double eagles in terms of overall rarity (i.e., total known) were the 1870-CC, 1891-CC, 1871-CC, 1878-CC and 1879-CC (these last two issues were tied for fourth rarest). In 2010, the five rarest Carson City double eagles in terms of overall rarity are the 1870-CC, 1871-CC, 1891-CC, 1879-CC and 1885-CC (these last two issues were tied for fourth rarest).

The 1870-CC has remained an extremely rare coin, despite a surprisingly high frequency of auction appearance in the middle part of this decade. I had previously thought 35-45 were known. Today, I think that number is around 40-50. This includes a number of low grade coins and at least five or six that are either damaged or cleaned to the point that can not be graded by PCGS or NGC.

The rarity of the 1891-CC seems to have diminished quite a bit. I think there are two reasons for this. The first is that I overestimated its rarity in 2001. The second is that a significant number of examples have been found in Europe and other overseas sources. This date hasn’t become plentiful in higher grades but it is far more available in AU50 to AU55 than I ever remember it being before.

The 1871-CC seems more available as well. In 2001, this issue was very hard to find in any grade and it was almost never seen above AU50. Today it is more available and the number of coins graded AU53 to AU55 has risen dramatically. I would attribute much of this to gradeflation as the majority of the 1871-CC double eagles that I see in AU53 and AU55 holders are “enthusiastically” graded, to say the least. In properly graded Mint State, the 1871-CC remains exceedingly rare.

A date whose rarity has become more apparent is the 1885-CC. In the 2001 edition of my book, this date was not even listed in the top six rarest Carson City double eagles. I now rank it as being tied for fourth along with the 1879-CC.

Everyone loves a sleeper, right? The dates that I believe are underrated (and undervalued) in the Carson City double eagle series include the 1872-CC, 1877-CC, 1882-CC and 1892-CC.

In higher grades (AU50 and above), the rarity scale of the Carson City double eagle series has remained remarkably consistent. In 2001, I stated that the 1870-CC, 1871-CC, 1879-CC, 1878-CC, 1891-CC and 1872-CC were, in that order, the six rarest issues. In 2010, I believe the six rarest are the 1870-CC, 1871-CC, 1878-CC, 1879-CC, 1872-CC and 1891-CC. In other words, the same six dates are still the keys in higher grades but there are now some minor changes in the order. (more…)

Kolbe & Fanning to Hold Notable Numismatic Book Auctions This Fall

During September of this year, Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will conduct two notable auction sales. The first, closing on September 12th, 2010, is comprised of the collection of early printed numismatic books formed by the late Anders Frösell of Sweden. Forty-eight works are featured, dating from the early 1500s to the late 1700s, with over half dated before 1600.

Condition covers the spectrum, allowing numismatists on modest budgets the infrequent opportunity to add a work to their libraries dating from the cradle period of numismatic printing. The roster of famous early numismatic authors represented in the sale includes Father Augustín, Anselmo Banduri, Guillaume du Choul, Sebastian Erizzo, Hubert Goltz, Johann Huttich, Adolph Occo, Fulvio Orsini, Onuphrio Panvinio, Charles Patin, Guillaume Rouille, Johann Sambucus, Ezechiel Spanheim, Jacob de Strada, Gabriel Simeoni, Jean Foy-Vaillant, Aenea Vico and others.

The second sale, closing four days later, on September 16th, features the outstanding and extensive numismatic library formed by the well-known ancient coin dealer, auctioneer and numismatic photographer Robert J. Myers. Devoted to works on ancient coins, art and antiquities, the 108-page catalogue of the Myers library features over 1300 lots. It is comprehensive in its coverage of ancient Greek numismatics, and also features a wealth of important reference books on Roman coins and ancient art.

Included among the truly important and often quite rare works in the Myers library are: a set of the Numismatic Chronicle, largely complete from 1881 to 2009; an attractive set of Mionnet’s sixteen volume 1806-37 classic Médailles Antiques, Grecques et Romaines; many rarely offered numismatic excavation reports, among them all of the Olynthus volumes featuring coins (and virtually all of the other volumes in that series), including a fine example of Robinson and Clement’s The Chalcidic Mint; a fine original set of the famous Jameson collection; original sets of the McClean, Hunterian and Weber collections; a comprehensive collection of Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum volumes; seldom encountered classic die studies such as Herzfelder on Rhegium, Ravel’s Vlasto on Tarentum, Regling on Terina, Boehringer on Syracuse, Calciati on Sicily, Imhoof-Blumer’s Antiken Nord-Griechenlands, May on Ainos, Calciati’s Pegasi on Corinth, Ravel on Corinth, Svoronos on Athens, Seltman on Olympia, Le Rider and Svoronos on Crete, Waddington on Asia Minor, Cahn on Knidos, Lederer on Nagidos, Naville on Cyrene and Svoronos on the Ptolemies.

Classic works on Roman coins include Mazzini and Robertson on the Hunter collection; a complete set of the series by Bastien and others of Numismatique Romaine; C.H.V. Sutherland’s set of Alföldi on contorniates; Burnett on Roman Provincials; and a fine original Dattari. The extensive selection of auction catalogues featuring ancient coins is perhaps highlighted by the first twelve fixed price and auction sale catalogues issued by Jacob Hirsch, one of the most notable ancient coin dealers of all time. All are Hirsh’s unique annotated sales copies, generally recording information about the coins in the sales and the collectors who acquired them that may be found nowhere else. Among other key auctions catalogues in the sale are all of Hirsch’s Ars Classica sales devoted to ancient coins; his other key ancient coin and medal sales, including Rhousopoulos, Weber I & II, and Löbbecke on medals; a nearly complete set of Leu ancient coin sales, 1971-2009; and classic sales by Cahn, Egger, Florange, Ciani, Hamburger, Helbing, Adolph Hess, Münzhandlung Basel, Santamaria, Sotheby’s and many others. (more…)

Limited Edition Copies of the Book “Paper Money of the United States” Available in Boston

Two hundred limited-edition copies of Paper Money of the United States, 19th Edition, numbered and signed by co-authors Arthur L. Friedberg and Ira S. Friedberg, will be available for purchase at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Boston. The books are $80 (tax included) and will be available August 12-14 in the ANA Museum Showcase on the bourse floor. Proceeds will benefit the ANA Edward C. Rochette Money Museum.

These special hardcover copies are part of the release of the book’s new 19th edition, and include an attractive dust jacket with gold foil lettering. The cover features the image of an 1863 $100 Legal Tender note from the ANA Bebee Collection of U.S. Paper Money. Many other photographs of notes from the Bebee Collection are used throughout the book.

First offering will be to convention attendees on a first-come, first serve basis. A silent auction for the first three numbered copies will be held, with a minimum bid of $80 for each copy. The auction will be at the ANA Museum Showcase, and will begin Aug. 12 at 9:30 a.m. and end Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. Attendees wishing to purchase a specific-numbered copy can e-mail before the show to request a number for an additional $15.

Co-author Arthur L. Friedberg will be available at the Museum Showcase Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 13 and 14 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for one-hour sessions to provide personalized autographs and discuss the book. Purchases and bids can only be made by convention attendees, but those not attending may enlist an agent to make bids on their behalf.

Paper Money of the United States is the premier reference book for United States paper currency. Originally authored in 1953 by Robert Friedberg, Arthur and Ira’s father, the book illustrates, catalogs, describes and places values on all U. S. paper money from 1861 to the present. The Friedberg numbering system is the method used by numismatists to identify and describe notes.

The World’s Fair of Money, held this year at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, is the nation’s premiere money show. Show hours are 1-5:30 p.m. August 10, and 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. August 11-14. Dealer set-up is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10. Admission is $6 for adults, and free for ANA members and children 12 and under. For more information on all of the show highlights, call 719-482-9857 or visit

New Book on US Indian Head Gold Coins Gives Coin Collecting Tips for this Popular Series

A new book by award-winning numismatic author Mike Fuljenz, Indian Gold Coins of the 20th Century, looks at the history of the popular Indian Head design $2.50 (“Quarter Eagle”), $5 (“Half Eagle”) and $10 (“Eagle”) denomination gold coins, and provides useful information and expert advice for collecting some of America’s most beautiful and popular rare coins.

A detailed, date-by-date analysis with color illustrations gives readers pertinent descriptions about the history of each date and mintmark as well as important comments about strike, luster, color and eye appeal. Fuljenz includes Overall Rarity and Uncirculated Rarity rankings tabulated from Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and Professional Coin Grading Service population reports for grades MS62 to MS65. There also are consumer education tips about protecting coins from theft, and the best ways to sell gold coins.

Fuljenz examines the intriguing historical background and the controversies involved in the introduction of revolutionary new U.S. gold coin designs spurred by President Theodore Roosevelt in the early 20th century. The first production of Indian Head $10 coins in 1907 and early 1908 did not contain the motto, IN GOD WE TRUST, until Congress legislated its return.

“Teddy Roosevelt launched an artistic renaissance in American coin design that swept across all denominations,” Fuljenz explains early in the 258-page book. “Roosevelt made no secret of his contempt for the colorless drudges at the U.S. Mint headed by chief engraver Charles E. Barber. Barber’s designs exhibited all the excitement of a cold, soggy bowl of oatmeal.”

The President turned to acclaimed artists Bela Lyon Pratt and Augustus Saint-Gaudens to create new coin designs. Pratt designed the Quarter Eagles and Half Eagles minted from 1908 to 1929, and Saint-Gaudens created the design for Eagles produced from 1907 to 1933 (as well as the iconic $20 Double Eagle design of 1907 to 1933 that collectors today simply refer to as “Saints” in his honor).

Fuljenz writes: “Winning a mandate to the presidency on his own merit in the 1904 election, Roosevelt was emboldened to commit what he called his ‘pet crime’ of transforming United States coinage to a state of pride and respect even if it meant trampling roughshod over the established inbred Washington political cliques.”

Published by Subterfuge Publishing, Indian Gold Coins of the 20th Century by Mike Fuljenz (ISBN:10-0981948898) has a suggested retail price of $14.95. Copies are available by calling toll-free at (800) 877-3273

Kolbe & Fanning Complete Second Sale of Stack Family Numismatic Library

On Thursday, June 3, Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers held the second sale of the Stack Family Numismatic Library, featuring many important and useful works on U.S., foreign and ancient numismatics. Nearly 200 bidders participated in the sale, including bidders from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. The sale brought over $140,000, slightly over the pre-­-sale estimated value.

Some highlights include:

  • Lot 390, the Coin Galleries set of Stack’s catalogues, brought $21,000 on a $10,000 estimate
  • Lot 517, a nearly complete set of Numismatic Notes and Monographs, brought $4500 on a $4000 estimate
  • Lot 399, the Stack’s office copy of the Brobston fixed price list of United States half cents, identifying many purchasers from this important list, brought $3200 on a $1000 estimate
  • Lot 389, a daybook and ledger used by the Stack Family to record the sales from their early years, including their first auction, brought $3000 on a $2500 estimate
  • Lot 266, a bound volume of rare George A. Leavitt sales, brought $2700 on a $500 estimate
  • Lot 642, a beautifully bound first edition copy of Dalton and Hamer’s important work on Conder tokens, brought $1750 on a $1000 estimate.

The catalogue and prices realized list for this sale can be found on the Kolbe & Fanning website at

This was the first sale conducted by the new joint venture between George F. Kolbe and David F. Fanning, who combined their respective numismatic literature businesses earlier this year. The firm’s next auctions will be the September 12 sale of select antiquarian items from the Anders Frösell library and the September 16 sale of the library devoted to ancient coins, art and antiquities formed by Robert J. Myers.


Kolbe & Fanning to Auction Part II of the Stack Family Numismatic Library on June 3rd

On June 3rd, 2010, Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will offer for sale at auction the second part of the remarkable numismatic library carefully assembled over seven decades by the New York numismatic firm founded by brothers Morton and Joseph and ably carried on by Norman, Benjamin, Harvey, Susan, and Lawrence Stack.

For over fifty years, the fabled American portion of the library resided in antique bookcases lining one wall of Harvey Stack’s office, and along the opposite wall as well. Other portions of the library were, for many years, located throughout the main floor of the firm’s New York City retail location at 123 West 57th Street and many of the great classic works on ancient and foreign coins and medals were carefully arranged on the second floor in the Coin Galleries offices.

Covering virtually all aspects of numismatics and replete with rarities, it was one of the finest working libraries on numismatics ever formed in the United States.

On January 9, 2010, 400 lots of key works from this magnificent library were sold by George Frederick Kolbe at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention. The total price realized, including the 15% buyer premium, was nearly $950,000, or an average of nearly $2,400 per lot. Added to that were 100 lots of duplicates from the American Numismatic Society Library, bringing the sale’s grand total to slightly over one million dollars.

Comprising 1072 lots, this upcoming second Stack’s sale is particularly rich in often-consulted standard reference works, although it also includes a number of rarities and particularly desirable items that did not find their way into the first sale.

Highlights among the 506 American lots in the June 3 sale include:

  • Stack’s 1930s Ledger and Daybook featuring accounting Information for their first auction
  • Coin Galleries’s special hardbound set of Stack’s auction sales, essentially complete from 1935 into the 1970s; the firm’s soft-cover set of Stack’s Fixed Price Lists
  • An original 1894 American Numismatic Association Convention Program, one of only three known
  • Several photocopy sets of The Barber Papers, a most important archive comprising personal and professional papers from U.S. Mint Chief Engraver (1879-1917) Charles E. Barber [the originals were donated to the Smithsonian Institution by the Stack Family some years ago] (more…)

Numismatic Literature Dealers George Kolbe and David Fanning Join Forces

George Frederick Kolbe and David F. Fanning are pleased to announce that they have combined their numismatic literature firms to expand business opportunities and to better serve their joint clientele. The new entity will operate as Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers and will have an office in Gahanna, Ohio, just outside Columbus. Both Kolbe and Fanning will be actively involved in the business.

Established in 1967, George Frederick Kolbe Fine Numismatic Books is the largest and longest currently active rare numismatic literature auction firm in the world. George Kolbe has been selling important numismatic books at auction since 1976 and David F. Fanning entered the numismatic literature field in 2003. The two have conducted 115 auctions featuring well over 100,000 lots selling for many millions of dollars. Dozens of fixed price lists offering important numismatic works have also been issued over the years and that aspect of the firm’s business will be enhanced by more frequent lists, both in print and online at the Kolbe & Fanning website.

In addition to conducting regular auctions, Kolbe & Fanning are always eager to purchase important numismatic books and libraries for cash; in complete confidentiality if so desired. Over the years, the firm has packed libraries and arranged for shipments on three continents and are willing to travel anywhere in the world to do so. Written appraisals are also available as well as advice concerning the value and salability of rare numismatic works. There is no charge for this latter service.

By joining forces, Kolbe and Fanning believe they will be able to ensure that the business will continue to operate for many years, as they assist collectors, dealers, and researchers in developing their libraries and discovering new avenues for numismatic study. The firm’s first auction will be the second part of the Stack Family Library, which will close on June 3, 2010. A printed catalogue may be obtained by sending $10.00 and the catalogue is available online at no cost. Two auctions are planned for September 2010 (details to be announced soon) and a major public auction has been scheduled on January 8, 2011 in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. Consignments of outstanding numismatic books, sale catalogues, periodicals, manuscripts and correspondence archives covering the numismatic spectrum are currently being accepted for the January 2011 public auction sale at NYINC.

The firm’s website can be found at Additional information for the firm and its principals will be added to the website as it becomes available over the following weeks. (more…)

ANA Library Obtains Four Rare Books From Stack’s Family Library Auction

Four items from the famed Stack’s Family Library now call the ANA’s Dwight N. Manley Library home. Purchased from George Frederick Kolbe’s January auction in New York City, the ANA’s new American numismatic literature rarities include a rare large paper copy of the first work devoted exclusively to American coins and a complete set of the 19th-century numismatic journal Numisma.

The Stack’s Family Library was assembled over seven decades by the New York numismatic firm founded by brothers Morton and Joseph Stack and carried on by their children. For more than fifty years, the library’s fabled American portion resided in antique bookcases lining two walls of Harvey Stack’s office.

Covering many aspects of numismatics and replete with rarities, the library’s sale was the most anticipated numismatic literature sale in recent memory and attracted bidders from around the world. The 400-lot sale marked only the second time a single-day numismatic literature auction grossed more than $1 million.

“We put a high priority on having a complete library collection, and are committed to upgrading and expanding it. When the opportunity arises, as it did during the Stack Family Library Sale, we took a serious look at adding rare and significant materials to the library,” ANA executive director Larry Shepherd said. “We think the ANA library is a major asset for the whole numismatic community. By obtaining these items, we are preserving them and making them available to members and scholars for viewing.”

The library won four lots in the sale, which were purchased using general funds from the ANA annual operating budget. All will be housed in the Frank J. Katen Rare Book Room, which is environmentally controlled to keep items in pristine condition.

Following are descriptions of each of the items purchased at the auction.

An Historical Account of American Coinage

John H. Hickcox’s 1858 work, An Historical Account of American Coinage (ANA Library Catalog No. GA40.H5), was the first to attempt a comprehensive history of U.S. coinage, and features five plates showing American colonial coins. The book is inscribed in ink on the front flyleaf: “M. L. Spooner, Troy, N. Y., April 12th 1968,” and autographed below in blue ink by Morton Stack. (more…)

New Book – The Coinage of the Anglo-Hannoverian Personal Union 1714 – 1837 by Richard Smith

book_anglo_hanoverianThis new work by Richard Smith is the first comprehensive review of the Anglo Hannoverian Regal coinage since Welter and will become an essential reference book for all those interested in this area of numismatics.

It is divided into two parts; the first deals with how the succession of the Brunswick-Luneburg Electors to the British Throne came about, their place on the world’s stage, their titles and the main characteristics of the design of their coinage. An insight into the lives of these monarchs is given with a brief review of the history of this period. The structure of the British and Hannoverian coinages are compared and described. The results of significant surveys are published for the first time giving an insight into the rarity of these coins.

The second section lists ALL the coins issued during the period 1714-1837. Every major type is illustrated and each year for that type is listed, sub-types are similarly treated and many coins and varieties are described for the first time: This book will be of interest to collectors of German and British coins: French (Westphalian) coins, mining tokens and historical medals.

Extensively and lavishly illustrated this book deals comprehensively with Hannoverian Regal Coinage during the ‘Golden Age’ of British history.

Osnabruck October 2009, A4, pp. 659, illustrations throughout, casebound.

ISBN 978-3-941357-01-03

Contact Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co. KG for Price and Availability

January 2010 George Frederick Kolbe Public Auction Sale: The Stack Family Numismatic Library

On January 9th, 2010, George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books will offer for sale at public auction the remarkable numismatic library carefully assembled over seven decades by the New York numismatic firm founded by brothers Morton and Joseph and ably carried on by Norman, Benjamin, Harvey, Susan, and Lawrence Stack. For over fifty years, the fabled American portion of the library has resided in antique bookcases lining one wall of Harvey Stack’s office, and along the opposite wall as well. Other portions of the library were, for many years, located throughout the main floor of the firm’s New York City retail location at 123 West 57th Street and many of the great classic works on ancient and foreign coins and medals were carefully arranged on the second floor in the Coin Galleries offices. Covering virtually all aspects of numismatics and replete with rarities, it is the finest comprehensive working library on numismatics ever formed in the United States.

Key works from this magnificent library will be sold at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention this coming January. The profusely illustrated catalogue will be arranged in two parts: rare and classic works on American coins, medals, and tokens, and key works on ancient, medieval, and modern numismatics. Copies of the catalogue may be reserved by sending $35.00 to George Frederick Kolbe, P. O. Drawer 3100, Crestline, CA 92325. Telephone: (909) 338-6527; Fax: (909) 338-6980; Email: The catalogue will also be accessible free of charge several weeks before the sale at the firm’s web site: (more…)

Heritage Releases Most Complete New Book on Gobrecht Dollars

Edited by Heritage Chief Cataloger Mark VanWinkle, with essays by Michael L. Carboneau, James C. Gray, John Dannreuther and Saul Teichman and illustrated by the collection of Julius Korein, M.D

ha_book_gobrecht_120109Few varieties of U.S. coinage have been the subject of as much speculation, controversy and admiration as Gobrecht dollars.

Now Heritage Auction Galleries and Ivy Press have released the 136-page book Gobrecht Dollars, the most thorough review to date of the existing scholarship on these much sought-after U.S. coins.

“This reference book, the result of five-and-a-half-years of work, is intended for the general numismatist that is looking for a deeper understanding of these fascinating coins,” said Mark Van Winkle, editor of the tome and Chief Cataloger at Heritage Auctions. “It gathers together the diverse threads of the Gobrecht story without delving into the more speculative areas of die markers and their possible consequence for establishing emission sequences.”

The overriding question of emission sequences is an area that is, and has been, under investigation for some time and, it is reasoned, will eventually lead to a generally accepted striking order.

“Without a doubt this book is important to a wide range of numismatists, as this information has never been presented together so thoroughly,” said Van Winkle. “It is not, however, the last word on this fascinating series.”

The book brings together all the best known writings on Gobrecht dollars from the past 20 years and is based upon a series of three articles written by Jim Gray and Mike Carboneau in 1991, 2000, and 2001 and expounded upon by those two writers, along with scholarship by Van Winkle, John Dannreuther and Saul Teichman. The book brings together the most up-to-date findings about Gobrecht dollars based on the coins themselves as primary sources, rather than secondary sources (some of which date to 1860).

“Dannreuther makes a special contribution,” said Van Winkle, “with his articles dealing with the die clash line on the reverse of some 1836 dollars, previously thought to be a die scratch, as well as his discovery of the effacement of Gobrecht’s name from the post-1836 dies.” (more…)

Fanning Numismatic Literature Auction

David F. Fanning Numismatic Literature will hold their third mail-bid auction of numismatic literature, closing on Thursday, December 3. The auction features a wide variety of material from around the world, including works from the libraries of John J. Ford, Jr. and Douglas Ball. Some highlights of the nearly 700 lots include:

fanning_3F.C.C. Boyd Inventories of His Connecticut and New Jersey Coppers, with Additional Notes Pertaining to Continental Currency Dollars and Immune Columbia Pieces

1836 Manuscript Court Records of a Counterfeiting Case with the Bad Bill in Question Attached

Correspondence from John J. Ford and Paul Franklin

1795 Supplementary Mint Act Signed in Ink by Secretary of State Edmund Randolph, Establishing Position of Melter and Refiner, Authorizing Reduction in Weight of Cents and Half Cents, and Providing for Their Distribution

Third and Fifth Edition Red Books Inscribed by Yeoman to Contributor Hubert Polzer

John J. Ford, Jr.’s Set of Inscribed Red Books

The Very Scarce 1917 ANA Sale, Signed by Cataloguer Wayte Raymond

A Complete Set of Hardcover Ford Catalogues (Stack’s)

ANS Library Catalogue, Complete in 11 Volumes, Including the Rare Third Supplement

The First 40 Volumes of the Canadian Numismatic Journal

A Substantial Run of Spink’s Numismatic Circular

Quarto Charpentier on the Medals of Louis XIV (more…)

Stella Coin News Online Library is Filling Up! – Barber Coinage Book Just Added

The Complete Guide to Certified Barber Coinage is added to the Stella Coin News Site.

stella_news_barber_certVirginia Beach, VA – Stella Coin News (SCN) is very pleased to announce their latest online reference book, The Complete Guide to Certified Barber Coinage, written in 1999 by John and David Feigenbaum. A fine reference for collectors of Barber coins with historical background information on the Barber series now available to all collectors free of charge for their personal use.

A date and mintmark analyzes includes population reports and estimated values for grades AU55 and higher for Barber dimes, quarters and halves, as well as Proof coins. We encourage SCN users to add comments and updated information.

The Complete Guide to Certified Barber Coinage is the 12th addition to the SCN library along with
the following reference materials:

  • Tales from the Bourse by David Lawrence Feigenbaum
  • Hobo Nickel Book by Joyce Ann Romines
  • The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels, 3rd edition by David Lange
  • The Complete Guide to Mercury Dimes, by David Lange
  • The Complete Guide to Washington Quarters, by John Feigenbaum
  • The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars, by Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert
  • The Complete Guide to Walking Liberty Half Dollars, by Bruce Fox
  • The Complete Guide to Franklin Half Dollars, by Rick Tomaska
  • The Complete Guide to Barber Dimes, by David Lawrence
  • The Complete Guide to Barber Quarters, by David Lawrence
  • The Complete Guide to Barber Halves, by David Lawrence


New Book: “King of Eagles” The Most Remarkable Coin Ever Produced by the U.S. Mint

kingofeagles_bookBy Dean Albanese – Albanese Rare Coins

The 1804 Plain- gold Eagle is without a doubt the most remarkable coin ever minted by the U.S. Min; it is indeed, the “King of Eagles.”

Only four specimens of this quintessentially rare coin were minted – but not in 1804, as the date on the obverse suggests. Instead, these near-priceless coins were minted by special order of President Andrew Jackson during the period 1834 – 1835 as diplomatic gifts to a king, two emperors, and a sultan.

1804_proof_eagle_100609The story begins in 1832, when Edmund Roberts sailed aboard the U.S.S. Peacock on a diplomatic mission to establish trade relations with Muscat (modern-day Oman), Siam (modern-day Thailand), Cochin China (modern-day Vietnam), and Japan. He succeeded with Muscat and Siam and returned to the United States, where complete sets of new gold, silver, and copper coins, neatly arranged in a morocco case, were made as princely gifts. These sets included the 1804 silver Dollar and the much rarer 1804 Plain-4 gold Eagle.

The return trip to the Far East was an adventure that has been the subject of many books, the sort of tale that can arouse one’s imagination and inspire movies. Men may fantasize and dream about high adventure, but the King of Eagles is a true story that is more exciting than any fantasy could be. It is a story about politics, greed, and courage that includes attacks by pirates, a shipwreck on a desert island, daring rescues, strange-but-true encounters with exotic natives, and, finally, tragedy.

Today the saga is told as never before, and the King of Eagles continues to be the ultimate prize for collectors of American coins and for history enthusiast.

Q. David Bowers’ Numismatic Research Library to be Auctioned by David Sklow

Davis SklowFine Numismatic Books was excited to announce the consignment by renowned author and numismatist, “The Master of Wolfeboro” Q. David Bowers, of his extensive libraries of source material.

q_david_bowers_png_070909The library will include: Limited Edition works; The California Gold rush 1848-1850’s; Comprehensive library of Civil War history; library of American Maritime history, Pirates, Treasure hunting, the era of Sailing and Steam Ships; vast runs and individual copies of historical reference materials, studies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, collected papers and much more.

In addition, many works on numismatics, including limited editions, papers, periodicals, journals will be included in the sales.

The sale of this vast collection (numbering in the thousands of volumes) will take place in multiple parts; Part I-February 2010; Part II-June 2010 and Part III-October 2010; The QDB consignment will occupy approximately 50% of each sale catalog.

All volumes will bear the special small format book plate of the Q. David Bowers research Library.

Imagine, the library used by the most prolific numismatic writer of the past fifty years! Be sure not to miss this opportunity to own a piece of numismatic history from the library of a numismatic legend!

More information about the consignment, sale dates, previews and terms of sale and other autions of Fine books can be found on David Sklow’s website, Fine Numismatics Books.

New Book: The Washington Pattern Coinage of Peter Getz

getz_washington_Davis-Boyd-Ford specimenGeorge Fuld, Alan Meghrig, and George Frederick Kolbe are pleased to announce publication of a new book listing in detail all known specimens of the Silver Getz half-dollar, the Getz 1792 copper “cents,” and the related 1797 Getz Masonic medals. Based on the early researches of Jack Collins, the work was brought to fruition by George Fuld, with assistance from Alan Meghrig and George Kolbe. It is a meticulous census of all specimens known, accompanied by pedigrees, auction records, weight, diameter, condition, detailed descriptions, and other pertinent data. Copies will be produced on a high quality laser printer and will feature full-color enlargements of virtually all of the pieces described.

getz_sample_pageAlthough estimates of the number known of the Getz issues have varied widely, the author has been able to trace probably twice as many pieces as had been previously estimated. Twenty-two different Silver Getz 1792 half-dollars are listed, as are fifty-five different Copper 1792 “cents” and twenty different Baker 288 1797 Getz Masonic medals. The consensus of early estimates of the number of Getz copper issues struck was about one hundred. This is obviously quite low as a retention of over fifty percent of a two hundred year old issue is quite improbable. Certainly, not all Getz survivors have been located and information from collectors who might have an unlisted specimen is welcomed.

Two chapters in the book cover new aspects of Getz material. There is a thorough discussion of the unique Getz silver large eagle (Baker 23). It is condemned as a non-contemporary production from about 1850. Also, the story of the Washington Ladle is presented for the first time to the numismatic world. The fascinating details surrounding the 1797 presentation of this buffalo horn ladle by George Washington to Francis Preston are given in detail. The ladle had in its bowl a silver specimen of the Getz Masonic medal dated 1797.

NEW BOOK RELEASE: Collecting & Investing Strategies for Barber Dimes By Jeff Ambio

The First Book on This Series in 10 Years!

The Barber Dimes: a representation of maturity that is often overlooked in the ever-changing rare coin market of the 21st century. The market is sorely in need of this reference that provides a study of all the critical aspects of this series.

Many collectors and investors have eagerly awaited a publication on Barber Dimes. To help expand numismatic knowledge and increase the understanding and appreciation for this series Jeff Ambio wrote his book Collecting & Investing Strategies for Barber Dimes.

Jeff Ambio is a widely read numismatic author. His writings and articles are credited with groundbreaking work in the field and have appeared in numerous publications. Collecting & Investing Strategies for Barber Dimes is the first comprehensive book published on this important series in nearly 10 years.

“My latest addition to this series, dedicated to Barber Dimes, examines each proof and business strike issue in exhaustive detail. It is the definitive reference on this series and is applicable whether you are searching for a single example to add to a type set or desire to assemble the finest Barber Dime set that money can buy.” –Jeff Ambio

Including mintage figures, rarity rankings, important varieties, a detailed physical analysis of each coin, and significant examples, this new release will enhance the numismatic industry by updating and informing collectors on the Barber Dime series.

Collecting & Investing Strategies for Barber Dimes is scheduled for release August 2009. Please call if you wish to request additional information. His book will be available online at and

9th Numismatic Reference Guide added to Stella Coin News Library

SCN Adds The Hobo Nickel an Exclusive Upgrade of Hobo Nickel Artistry

The Latest Edition to the Stella Coin News Library with Free Access!

Virginia Beach, VA – Stella Coin News is very pleased to announce their 9th numismatic online reference book, The Hobo Nickel an Exclusive Upgrade of Hobo Nickel Artistry by Joyce Ann Romines. Published in 1996 after 17 years of research and study, is now available to all collectors free of charge. SCN was given permission to reproduce the reference material on-line.

This is an updated and republished version of Del Romines original publication “The Hobo Nickel”. This addition is fully illustrated and very informative from the extensive studies that were conducted on these fabulous carvings.


Stella Coin News was launched in 2008 as a resource to publish industry news, press releases and research on all manner of numismatic topics. There are currently eight reference books available on SCN. Future plans for SCN is to get other authors to contribute their books as well. As publishers of the Stella Coin News site, we encourage as much participation as possible to make this a community forum (more…)

Stella Coin News Adds Long Awaited Barber Dime Book to Library

Renowned Reference is the 8th Book to be added to the Stella Coin News Site.

The Complete Guide to Barber DimesStella Coin News (SCN) is excited to announce their latest online reference book, The Complete Guide to Barber Dimes. Originally published in 1991 by late author, David Lawrence, the ground-breaking reference is now available to all collectors free of charge for their personal use.

This rare book has been out of print for some time and The Complete Guide to Barber Dimes will be useful to entire numismatic community. You will find an in-depth analysis and die variety study on this series, as well as relative rarity rankings. We encourage added comments and updated information on this series.

The following reference books are now available on the SCN web site to all users:
• The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels, 3rd edition by David Lange
• The Complete Guide to Mercury Dimes, by David Lange
• The Complete Guide to Walking Liberty Half Dollars, by Bruce Fox
• Tales from the Bourse by David Lawrence Feigenbaum
• The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars, by Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert
• The Complete Guide to Washington Quarters, by John Feigenbaum
• The Complete Guide to Franklin Half Dollars, by Rick Tomaska
• The Complete Guide to Barber Quarters (coming soon)
• The Complete Guide to Barber Halves (coming soon)
• The Complete Guide to Certified Barber Coinage (coming soon)
• Hobo Nickel Book (coming soon)

World’s Greatest Mint Errors by Mike Byers Available May 15th

World's Greatest Mint Errors by Mike ByerWorld’s Greatest Mint Errors is an enjoyable resource packed full of some of the most dramatic, rare and extraordinary mint errors and die trials ever assembled in one publication.

This book combines stunning imagery with the most accurate information available to provide anyone interested in mint errors with the latest information on mint error coins from the United States and around the world. Hundreds of spectacular mint errors are pictured. Each error coin photo is presented in full color, and enlarged to enhance the smallest details. Some of the error coins featured in this book have never been seen by the public before, and each is described in great detail as to the type of error, the assigned grade, rarity and estimated value.

· First published book on mint errors that accurately lists retail values.

· Accessible to any coin collector or numismatist, regardless of experience.

· Up to date with the latest information on new discoveries and new types of errors.

· Hundreds of rare, expensive, and famous coins to excite all collectors.

· Will educate and raise awareness in this fascinating area of numismatics.

The release of World’s Greatest Mint Errors will ignite an interest in non-collectors and advanced collectors alike. This book is a must have for every numismatic library!

Releasing on May 15th, look for copies of World’s Greatest Mint Errors at your local coin shop, or visit You can also order from Zyrus Press by mailing to PO Box 17810, Irvine, California 92623, calling (888) 622-7823, or online at

Two New Additions to the Stella Coin News Library Available Free to the Browsing Public!

The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels, Third Edition by David LangeThe Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels Third Edition & The Complete Guide to Washington Quarters 

Virginia Beach, VA – Stella Coin News ( announced the posting of two more DLRC Press numismatic reference books to their free on-line library.

The Complete Guide to Washington Quarters by John Feigenbaum was published in 1994 and The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels, Third Edition by David Lange was published in 2006.

Both books offer an in-depth analysis and die variety study on each series. A major benefit to having these books online is users can comment on all aspects of the book with updated information, and the authors themselves can augment data over time.

According to SCN Editor, John Feigenbaum, “we are extremely proud to offer these important reference works online, free to anyone browsing the Internet. Mr. Lange’s books are highly coveted and useful for collectors and it’s awesome to see his knowledge shared to all.

Gold Coin Expert, Douglas Winter, Updates His Latest Book: Gold Coins of the Charlotte Mint

Gold Coins of the Charlotte Mint: 1838-1861Douglas Winter is regarded today as one of the leading industry experts in U.S. branch mint gold coins. His newest book, releasing in December 2008, is the updated and revised edition of Gold Coins of the Charlotte Mint: 1838-1861. Quoted by Jeff Ambio, author of the Strategy Guide series, as

“…a masterpiece from an author who has already demonstrated his expertise on 19th century United States gold coinage on numerous occasions. This new edition is a… definitive study that belongs in the library of all serious numismatic researchers and Southern gold experts.”

–Jeff Ambio, author of the Strategy Guide series

A significant number of changes and improvements have been implemented into this third edition. Using layout designs similar to his previously released New Orleans and Dahlonega Mint books, this revised edition of the Charlotte Mint book is also easy to follow and more enjoyable to read. High quality full color photos beautifully illustrate every coin and the newly improved die variety section now has outstanding close-up images of many important varieties.

All figures on population, rarity rankings, total values by grade and significant examples have been updated to reflect the latest market information available today, including a complete rarity summary chart at the end of each chapter.

For the historian, two chapters written about the history of the Charlotte Mint by David Ginsburg are included, and finally, Winter’s personal tips and strategies on how to collect C-mint gold coins guide the reader. Whether the collector is looking to buy one or two pieces or to complete a set, Winter’s suggestions offer an invaluable resource no matter what the budget or goal of the collector.

Pre-order this book today from bookstores nationwide, or your local coin shop. Also available from Zyrus Press: PO Box 17810, Irvine, CA 92623. Phone: (888) 622-7823. Web: Stay up-to-date! Visit E-mail: (more…)

DLRC Announces project Stella

Free Access for Coin Collectors to Valuable Research and Reference Books

John Feigenbaum, President of David Lawrence Rare Coins and Dominion Grading Service, announced today the unveiling of a new web site called Stella ( which will provide daily Blogs by numismatic leaders, as well as free access to DLRC Press publications. According to Feigenbaum, “We hope Stella will become a regular stopping point for collectors who are looking for more information on current events within the coin community, as well as reference material that they previously could only find in books.

In our first month of operations, we have published two rare books from our catalog. The first was David Lawrence’s anecdotal stories titled, Tales from the Bourse. The second, more ambitious effort is The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars by Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert. This amazing book remains the only standard reference to die varieties of this series and it has been largely unavailable for over 5 years. We’ve heard of folks have to pay as much as $200 for a copy. Now you can get all of it…online…FREE. Another major benefit is users can comment on all aspects of the book with updated information, and the authors themselves can augment data over time. “

Future plans for Stella include as many as 10 more DLRC Press titles and we hope to get other authors to contribute their books as well. As publishers of the Stella site, we encourage as much participation as possible to make this a community forum

George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books will conduct their 107th & 108th auction

Lot 162: 1524 second edition of the first illustrated numismatic bookOn January 10th, 2009, George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books will offer for sale at public auction the highlights of two outstanding numismatic libraries, both remarkable for their exceptionally fine overall condition. They will be sold at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention. The first 72 page catalogue features 100 lots of rare and classic works on American numismatics, with some fifty full color illustrations.

Lots 1-75 are from The Twinleaf Library and lots 76-100 are the property of several additional consignors. The second 108 page catalogue, with over one hundred full color illustrations, is comprised of 175 early printed numismatic books and classic titles on Italian coins and medals from the library of Dr. Ferdinando Bassoli of Turin, Italy, numbered from 101 to 275.

Further information on any of the lots that follow may be found in the two catalogues, both of which are accessible at our web site.

Lot 1 is an extremely rare original 1881 Frank Andrews work on U. S. Cents, 1816-57, one of only forty copies issued and one of as few as eight to ten copies known to have survived. It is the first work to cover the later date cents. The estimate is $8,500.

Lot 41 is S. H. Chapman’s Own Superb Plated 1921 J. M. Henderson auction sale catalogue, one of only a half dozen known and perhaps the finest to have survived. The 4 superb photographic plates depict outstanding United States large cents and half cents. The estimate is $12,500.

Lot 88 features the first two works on American medals, published in the 1830s and arranged in a leather-bound volume and annotated by Charles Ira Bushnell, one of America’s most famous 19th century numismatists. The estimate is $5,000. (more…)