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By Numismatic News
February 07, 2013

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The American Numismatic Association and American Numismatic Society libraries were among those acquiring new works from the Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers’ 2013 New York Book Auction.

It was held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on Jan. 12 in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention.

Composed of 271 lots of high-quality works covering the entire range of numismatics, the sale was notable for including important archival materials and unique manuscripts from a variety of sources. Bidding was strong, with the sale bringing over 140 percent of the estimated value of the lots.

The American Numismatic Society acquired some important numismatic rarities for its Harry W. Bass Jr. Library.

The acquisition of the following lots was made possible by ANS Fellows John W. Adams, Dan Hamelberg, Anthony Terranova, George Kolbe and ANS member David Fanning.

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– Clain-Stefanelli Archives: Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli’s extensive manuscript and typescript materials, with photographs and additional publications, on the coinage of Callatis.

– Clain-Stefanelli Archives: 77 binders and scrapbooks containing thousands of pages of handwritten notes illustrated with clipped coin photos or drawings, including Elvira’s important notebooks on Roman Republican coins.

– Compton, Thomas. Conjectures Upon the British & Saxon Coins & C. Anno D. MDCCXX. By T.C.A.M. & C. 1720. A visually stunning manuscript by Thomas Compton (1698-1761), this unpublished volume may be one of the earliest extant substantial works on British coins ever written.

– Bicknell, Robert T. Bicknell’s Reporter, Counterfeit Detector, and General Prices Current. Philadelphia, April 20, 1847 to Feb. 15, 1848. Forty-two issues. Covering Vol. XVII, Nos. 40, 42-50 and 52, and Vol. XVIII, Nos. 1-11, 13-27 and 29-32.

Other highlights of the auction included:

– Unique 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. The notebooks have been acquired by the American Numismatic Society Library, while the USAOG materials were acquired by the library of the American Numismatic Association.

– An important assemblage of materials on the acquisition, sale and subsequent donation to the National Coin Collection of the collection of Russian coins belonging to Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich sold for a remarkable $60,000 hammer to a Russian buyer, who also purchased a photographically illustrated inventory of the Izzy Snyderman collection of Russian coins for $32,500 hammer.

– Tom Virzi’s full 900-page manuscript on the bronze coins of Magna Graecia hammered at $5,500.

– A previously unrecorded Geoffrey Charlton Adams sale with two fine photographic plates sold for $4,500 hammer.

– 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, was also acquired for the ANA Library. This, the USAOG archive of Vladimir Clain-Stefanell, and two additional lots were purchased for the ANA Library by Dwight Manley.

– John Eshbach’s collection of the numismatic works of Charles Steigerwalt brought strong bidding, with the auction sales, fixed-price lists and periodicals combining to bring over $10,000 hammer.

A PDF version of the catalog and the full prices realized are available on the Kolbe & Fanning website at

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