George Frederick Kolbe Auction Sale 110: June 11


On June 11th, 2009, George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books will offer for sale at auction eight hundred thirty lots of rare and important works covering the numismatic spectrum.

Included are Part Three of the Bassoli and Twinleaf Libraries, along with the property of sixteen additional consignors. The third and last part of the Bassoli library features classic works on Italian numismatics and early printed numismatic books. The third and last part of the Twinleaf library features important works on American numismatics, particularly key works on large cents.

Also featured is a fine selection of works on Serbian numismatics, a number of classic, multi-volume works on ancient Greek and Roman coins, and long runs of classic nineteenth and twentieth century American auction sale catalogues.

Some auction highlights follow:

Early Q. David Bowers publications, including the first three issues of Rare Coin Review;

The very rare original Frenkenhuis catalogue of World War I medals;

The first work on Civil War Tokens, published in 1863, documenting that the 303 tokens listed did indeed circulate contemporaneously;

An extremely rare and extensive illustrated guide to counterfeit and genuine world banknotes issued in the 1980s and 1990s by the National Bank of Yugoslavia;

A rare 1880s William von Bergen publication featuring contemporary information on the Adolph Weyl 1804 Dollar sold by the Chapman brothers;

Charles Chaplin’s delightful 1865 "Gointoem Strong" spoof on American coin sales of the day;

A presentation set of Loubat’s classic Medallic History of the United States;

A unique notebook on ancient Greek coins written by Sawyer McArthur Mosser;

An interesting archive of over sixty letters written to John A. Muscalus, mainly devoted to various aspects of obsolete American paper currency;

Several coin sales not listed in Gengerke;

A near new set of Haxby’s four volume work on obsolete bank notes;

An exceptionally fine set of Davenport works on world crowns;

A fine set of Pridmore on British colonial coins;

Jem Sultan’s own set of his two volume work on Ottoman coins;

A complete set of Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles Volumes 1-59, 1958-2007;

The first 192 Stack’s auction sale catalogues, 1935-1964, lacking only three sales;

A fine original edition of Hickcox’s 1858 Historical Account of American Coinage, the first substantial work on the topic, limited to only 200 copies;

Fine examples of the original, superbly illustrated, 1887 and 1896 classic Rollin & Feuardent catalogues of the Ponton d’Amécourt and H. Montagu collections of Roman gold coins;

Fine sets of the classic Cohen (8 volumes) and Mazzini (5 volumes) works on Ancient Roman coins, both from the library of the celebrated numismatist Dr. Pierre Bastien.

Copies of the catalogue may be obtained by sending $15.00 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:

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About George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books

George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books is the largest and longest currently active rare numismatic literature auction firm in the world. Established in 1967, our first auction was held in 1976 and today we average four auctions per year. While numismatic book auctions are an important part of our business, we also actively buy and sell rare numismatic literature. Our stock of rare numismatic books is among the largest in the world and we are always pleased to receive serious want lists.

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