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Original Colonial Currency Reprints + Seated Quarter Encyclopedia by Briggs

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First, a copy of a title which is in high demand and exceedingly difficult to find, The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Quarters by Larry Briggs, well known as the best available reference on Seated Quarters. Shows signs of light to moderate use (shelfwear and scuffing) but not much else. The interior is clean and unmarred. $HOLD






Also for sale, is an exceptionally rare set which should be a very exciting opportunity for the collector of numismatic literature.


An original set of Colonial Currency Reprints 1682-1751. The set is a massive compilation of original source documents gathered by the esteemed economic historian, Andrew McFarland Davis. Published in 1910 and 1911 for the Prince Society, who's purpose was to publish “rare works, in print or manuscript, relating to America.”


The print run was limited to 250 sets, thus making the originals quite difficult to find. Originally issued in tan paper covers, this set has been bound in lovely hard green cloth covers, with gold gilt lettering. It seems that of the small print run, most of those that weren't lost or destroyed went to university libraries and historical societies, and have the many stamps, writings, and misuses associated. This set is not without minor issues, listed below, but taken in context, the condition of the set is superb.


One of the few examples of past sales I have found is in a David Sklow Auction, October 11th, 2014, lot 276, where the set was described as follows:


"Davis, Andrew McFarland. COLONIAL CURRENCY REPRINTS 1682-1751. FOUR VOLUMES. Boston. 1910-1911. xx, 471pp. 470pp. 18pls. xix, 496pp. 8pls. xvi, 503pp. 15pls. 8vo. Original tan paper covers. Publication of the Prince Society; being some 58 tracts concerning coinage, currency and banking; 41 plates with tissue guards; a limited edition of 250 sets were produced; this set was purchased originally by William Keeney Bixby of St. Louis, MO. Two announcements concerning the publication of the volumes are tipped in; also a receipt from the treasurer of the Prince Society dated Dec. 30, 1911 stating payment was received; the set was presented to the Missouri Historical Society by W.K. Bixby and is so stamped on covers and title pages; Ex: Missouri Historical Society with their stamps and markings; covers loose, some detached, but present; chipping; uncut pages throughout; a most interesting set, especially with the accompanying tipped in items; usually seen rebound, seldom in covers of issue."


Even in the less than perfect described condition, the set sold for sold for $375 (w/o BP or shipping), on an estimate of the same number.


I've included a detailed list of the issues, as books as scarce as these deserve the attention, and so that the fastidious numismatic bibliophile may know all of the facts. Volume 1: small unobtrusive needle piercing through the upper right corner of pages 200-471 (end). A couple of stray markings and a few ruffled pages. Volume 2: Small water mark a lower left corner of pages from the beginning of the book, through intro page XII and the first plate. The pages also have a small tear (less than an inch) in the same spot. Volume 3: Pages 125-135 lightly damaged at lower right quadrant (small tears/holes/bends). Volume 4: Bottom right corner of pages 98-114 crunched. Small oval hole through front fly leaf. All of the covers show light scuffing and shelf wear. This is quite the small list of issues for a set totaling nearly 2000 pages with more than 100 years under its belt.


Beyond the above listed auction, I can't find any other sales of an original set. Given its rarity and excellent condition, I am asking $399 delivered and insured. More detailed photographs can be taken for any interested party.









Delivery by USPS Media Mail is included in listed prices. Care is always taken in packing, to ensure that the books arrive at your mailbox in the same condition they left mine.

Payment by Paypal (please add 3% or send as gift), check or Postal MO is gladly 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. Buyer pays return shipping.






Collector's Universe Forum References:

Purchased From – Mistercoinman, Coiny, Coinfolio, ProfHaroldHill, GotTheBug, RichieUrich, 410a, Gerard, PreTurb, Barndog

Sold To – okiedude, RichieUrich, PreTurb, numisma, splitaces, tydye, breakdown, ranshdow, robertpr, bidask, johntookit


Collector's Society Forum References:

Purchased From – DaveG, RichH

Sold To – Deerefan8420, RichH, Ugakoivet, wdrob


Cointalk Forum References:

Sold To- Mainebill, PennyGuy, jmon, treylxapi47, Ed Sims, jaceravone, Nuglet, vpr




Thank you for your consideration,


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