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May 15 2020

Newman Portal Adds Scripophily Auction Sale Catalog Guide

In the 1980s, Martin Gengerke’s and John Adams’ guides to numismatic auction sale catalogs created order from the chaos, providing easy to use references that finally revealed, in one place, what existed and what did not. The Gengerke guide covered a massive 18,000 catalogs, while Adams concentrated on the most significant firms through 1975, and further graded the content of each sale for 26 individual classifications. If someone wanted to enumerate, for example, the most significant sales of U.S. gold coins, a few minutes spent with the Adams references would produce such a list. Tim Welo, under the sponsorship of the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (EPNNES), has now produced a similar guide for the field of scripophily – covering stock, bond, and other financial certificates. This study covers 54 auction sales and over 2,600 auction sale catalogs. The work is now freely available in both spreadsheet and compiled form.

Link to Tim Welo guides on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/booksbyauthor/534990
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