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Numismatic Literature from the Library of a Professional Numismatist

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The following is a selection of numismatic literature from the library of a professional numismatist. Please note, this is part I of the sale - dozens more exciting catalogs and books are forthcoming.




The Encyclopedia of United States Silver and Gold Commemorative Coins, 1892 to 1954 by Antony Swiatek and Walter Breen. Harbound in dust cover. The cover has a ½” closed tear at the top and very light shelf wear, otherwise superb. Light foxing and some staining is noted at the fore-edge (opposite the spine) and bottom edge, respectively. This does not reach into the pages, which are unmarked, clean, and bright. Signed by both authors: “Best wishes, Marty, Walter Breen, ANA 1981”. Signed in Breen's unmistakable magenta marker. Also, in beautiful cursive -script: “To Marty Clynes, May this work add to your numismatic knowledge, ?, Anthony Swiatek, 7/29/81.” - $SOLD








The Morgan and Peace Dollar Textbook by Wayne Miller. Hardbound with Dust Cover. 261 pgs. - Cover displays light fraying and some gentle shelf wear. Otherwise, the book is in excellent condition, tightly bound, with a clean text block. Signed : “To Marty Clynes, Wayne Miller”. - $SOLD






The Comprehensive Catalogue and Encyclopedia of U.S. and Peace Silver Dollars by Leroy Van Allen and A. George Mallis. Hardbound with Dust Cover. Third Printing, 1981. Library Binding. 316 pgs. - Very well preserved – all elements of the books are like new, including the dust cover. Signed : “To Marty Clynes: Hope this book helps you in collecting silver dollars! Leroy Van Allen”. - $49






Complete set of “Apostrophe” Auction Catalogs. Held jointly by Stacks, Superior, RORCOA, and Paramount. David Akers took the place of Paramount from 1988 to 1990. Each sale was limited to a total of 2000 lots, with 500 lots being contributed by each participating auction firm. A particular focus was given to coins of the highest caliber – the realized prices speak for the quality of the coins; the 24,000 lots contained in the 12 sales sold for a total combined $135 million!


The pages of these catalogs contain countless rarities. The RARCOA website states that “Many of the greatest rarities in American numismatics were sold by RARCOA in these sales, including the Dexter 1804 Dollar, the 1894-S Barber Dime, and a plethora of proof gold coins. Auction '79 included the first Brasher Doubloon sold at public auction since the Ten Eyck sale in 1922.”


The following complete set is perhaps as choice a set as one may come across. Of the 12 catalogs, 8 are still wrapped in their factory cellophane. Given the scarcity of these catalogs in such lofty preservation, I have fully described the condition, down to any imperfections in the cellophane wrap. Sure to please even the most fastidious numismatic bibliophile. - Priced at $419.


Auction '79 – Excellent condition – bright white text block, with no discoloration marks or other imperfections. 433 pgs.

Auction '80 – Like new – tightly bound with clean, pearly white pages and bright boards. Slight sun fading is noted on the spine – otherwise, like new. The original Prices Realized List is tipped in. 497 pgs.

Auction '81 – Brand new, in cellophane. The cello is still tight around the book, but with a few holes. The book is not affected in any way and is as new. 525 pgs.

Auction '82 – Brand new, in cellophane. The cello is still tight around the book, but with a few holes. The book is not affected in any way and is as new. 461 pgs.

Auction '83 – Like new – tightly bound with clean, pearly white pages and bright boards. 448 pgs.

Auction '84 – Brand new, in cellophane. The cello is a bit wrinkled, but otherwise, as new. 551 pgs.

Auction '85 – Brand new, in tight cellophane. The only imperfection which might be noted, is that the cellophane exhibits a few small tears over the back board of the catalog. 546 pgs.

Auction '86 – Like new; careful examination reveal some very light scuffing of the boards when titled under light. Original Prices Realized list tipped in. 586 pgs.

Auction '87 – Brand new, in tight cellophane. Perfect in all regards. 572 pgs.

Auction '88 - Brand new, in tight cellophane. Once again, perfect in all regards. 636 pgs.

Auction '89 - Brand new, in cellophane. A small 2” separation of the cellophane at the top of the book. In all other aspects, absolutely impeccable. 671 pgs.

Auction '90. Brand new, in tight cellophane. No imperfections. 747 pgs.








Bowers and Merena, August 30, 1999, The Walter H. Childs Collection. Notable for superb early gold and a remarkable assembly of early dollars. This auction hosts the finest know Class I 1804 Dollar, graded PCGS PR-68! A comprehensive writeup is given for this coin, including a census of know examples. Prices realized list tipped in. - $15


Bowers and Merena, November 20-21, 2000, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV. The last of four catalogs containing Bass' remarkable gold collection. The coins offered in this part alone are breathtaking. Scarce catalog. - $15


Bowers and Merena, March 15-17, 2001, The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II. Very strong in Betts medals. - $8


Bowers and Merena, May 21, 2001, The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III. Once again, very strong in Betts medals but not lacking in other departments. Strong selections of Indian Peace Medals, gold coins, seated, and more are offered. - $8


Stack's, “October 18, 1935”, 50th Anniversary Reprint of Sale #1, in excellent condition. - $5


Stack's, Jan 18-21, 1984, The Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Collection of United States Gold, Silver and Copper Coins. Foreign Coins. The Special Hardbound Edition. Original blue cloth with gilt lettering; original printed front card cover mounted. The Prices Realized List housed in pocket on rear cover. Mounted cover rubbed, as it always is. Slightly curved – very difficult to see when lay flat, stood up, or even when held in your hands, it is only plainly evident when the fore-edge is held parallel to the eyes.


Excellent description, as given in Kolbe and Fanning sale: A most important sale featuring, among others, coins from the Dunham, Neil, Green, At-water, Olson, Roe, Farouk, Roach, Granberg, Newcomer and Haseltine collections. According to the firm, the collection was "highlighted by the finest and most complete collection of U.S. Silver Dollars ever to be auctioned." Additionally, the series of pioneer and territorial gold coins was "unique in its own right," featuring thirty-one $50 slugs and many other great rarities. The first Stack's sale where the cataloguing is attributed to a single firm member, namely Norman Stack, who took great pride in this production.” The specimen which appeared in this sale (February 28th, 2015, lot 319), sold for a total of $211.50. This is an excellent opportunity for those who missed out on that lot or frankly, anyone would desires this scarce catalog. - $125 delivered.







Stack's, March 20, 1984, The John L. Roper, 2nd Collection of Americana. 87 pgs. Strong in currency (colonial/fractional/Confederate/U.S, etc.), as well as Hard Times Tokens. - $5


Stack's, June 13, 14, 1984, The Floyd T Starr Collection of United States Large Cents/Half Cents – As the name of the sale/consignor would suggest, this is a fabulous early copper collection. Expertly cataloged with clear color plates. - $18






Stack's, October 16, 1990, The Allen F. Lovejoy Reference Collection of United States Dimes 1792-1945. Landmark collection of early dimes. Replete with classic rarities, condition census coins, and plate coins from Early United States Dimes, which Lovejoy co-authored. - $12




New/larger pictures available upon request.

All reasonable offers will be considered.

Prices do not include shipping charges, unless explicitly stated. Charge will be based on actual shipping costs and will, of course depend on the amount/size of literature purchased. All items will be securely packed and shipped through USPS Media Mail.

Payment by Paypal (please add 3%), check or Postal Money Order is accepted. In the case of payment by check or money order, I will ship the books after the payment has cleared.

All items are sold with a 5 day return period, assuming the condition is as stated in this listing. Buyers pay return shipping.


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