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Kolbe & Fanning

After a modest beginning in 1976, this firm was running full tilt by its ninth sale in 1981, which featured consignments from Armand Champa, the estate of Kenneth Lee, and the Essex Institute. Harry W. Bass, Jr. John W. Adams, Jack Collins and many others competed to drive prices up to record levels, and the pursuit of collecting numismatic literature fully came into its own. The formation of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society complemented the commercial activity, and since then Kolbe & Fanning have handled many important libraries, including those of Adams, Bass, Stack’s, Ford, and others.

This catalog set as a whole describes over 100,000 items of numismatic literature, and, while there is naturally some lot duplication, it is clear that this represents a monumental effort, comparable in scope to the ANS library catalog. This copious record has, and will continue, to serve as a premier bibliographic resource for numismatic literature, with detailed and authoritative descriptions of nearly every important work in the field.

Kolbe and Fanning have cataloged even the most esoteric items with an eye toward putting them into greater context and giving the reader an well-formed idea of their place in the numismatic universe, often more substantive than might first appear. Some works are by definition more mundane than others, but all are given careful consideration in these thoughtfully prepared catalogs.



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Past Auction Results

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    Numismatic Literature Mail Bid Auction Sale: Number One

    1976 Feb 28
    Location: Mission Viejo, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 763

    Numismatic Literature Mail Bid Auction Sale: Number Two

    1976 Oct 23
    Location: Mission Viejo, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 1640

    Numismatic Literature: Mail Bid Sale Three

    1977 Jun 25
    Location: Mission Viejo, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 944

    Numismatic Literature: Catalogue II, Fine and Rare Printed Books, Catalogues & Periodicals

    1977 Sep 01
    Location: Mission Viejo, CA
    Type: Fixed
    # of Lots: 184

    Numismatic Literature: Mail Bid Sale IV

    1978 May 20
    Location: Santa Ana, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 1414

    An Olla Podrida Catalogue III

    1978 Dec 01
    Location: Santa Ana, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 1600

    1979 Convention of International Numismatics Auction Sale

    1979 Jun 09 - 1979 Jun 10
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 977

    Numismatic Literature: Mail Bid Sale VI

    1979 Dec 15
    Location: Santa Ana, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 2157

    Important Numismatic Books: Catalogue Four

    1980 Mar 01
    Location: Santa Ana, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 175

    1980 Convention of International Numismatics Auction Sale Seven

    1980 Jun 13 - 1980 Jun 14
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 540

    Numismatic Literature: Mail Bid Sale VIII

    1980 Dec 19
    Location: Mission Viejo, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 2655

    Numismatic Literature Mail Bid Sale X

    1981 Nov 14
    Location: Mission Viejo, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 2612

    Olla Podrida II: Catalogue V, Spring 1982

    1982 Apr 01
    Location: Mission Viejo, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 272

    Auction Sale Eleven: Important Numismatic Books

    1982 Jun 11 - 1982 Jun 12
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 1123

    Numismatic Literature Mail Bid Sale XII

    1982 Oct 09
    Location: Mission Viejo, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 1932

    Numismatic Books: Kolbe Auction No. 13 / Spink & Son Auction No. 2

    1982 Dec 12
    Location: New York, NY
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 579

    First Dutch Auction Sale

    1983 Feb 15
    Location: Mission Viejo, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 468

    The Ted Craige Library

    1983 Aug 13
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 1124

    George Frederick Kolbe Auction 15 / Spink & Son USA Auction 5

    1983 Dec 11
    Location: New York, NY
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 417

    Mail Bid Sale XVI: The Ted Craige Numismatic Library, Part II

    1984 Feb 17
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 760

    1984 C.O.I.N. Book Sale

    1984 Jun 09
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 1000

    The Lester Merkin Library

    1984 Jun 15
    Location: New York, NY
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 350

    Important Numismatic Books: Third Joint Auction

    1984 Dec 02
    Location: New York, NY
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 732

    Important Numismatic Books: Fourth Joint Auction

    1985 Dec 01
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 450

    Important Numismatic Books

    1986 Jun 09 - 1986 Jun 11
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 2000

    Important Numismatic Books: Fifth Joint Auction

    1986 Dec 14
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 500

    Important Numismatic Books: Sixth Joint Auction

    1987 Dec 13
    Location: New York, NY
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 513

    American Numismatic Association Duplicates: Mail Bid Sale XXXV

    1988 Mar 31
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 1631

    Important Numismatic Books: Public Auction Sale XXXVI

    1988 May 30 - 1988 May 31
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 1276

    Numismatic Literature: Mail Bid Sale Thirty-Nine

    1989 Mar 25
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 1462

    Important Numismatic Books: Public Auction Sale XL

    1989 Jun 05
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 1000

    Numismatic Literature: Mail Bid Sale Forty-One

    1989 Oct 03
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 896

    Public and Mail Bid Auction Sale XLIII: Important Numismatic Books

    1990 Feb 02
    Location: Long Beach, CA
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 700

    Selections from the John W. Adams Library

    1990 Jun 01
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 517

    Important Numismatic Books: Ninth Joint Auction

    1990 Dec 02
    Location: New York, NY
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 501

    Numismatic Literature: Mail Bid Sale Forty-Seven

    1991 May 03
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 1416

    Numismatic Literature: Mail Bid Sale Forty-Eight

    1991 Jun 14
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 788

    Numismatic Literature: Mail Bid Sale Forty-Nine

    1991 Oct 18
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 1194

    Important Numismatic Books: Tenth Joint Auction

    1991 Dec 08
    Location: New York, NY
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 550

    Numismatic Literature: Mail Bid Sale Fifty-One

    1992 Jun 05
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 1560

    The Dennis Mendelson Library

    1992 Oct 17
    Location: Long Beach, CA
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 222

    Numismatic Literature: Mail Bid Sale Fifty-Three

    1992 Nov 07
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 993

    Important Numismatic Books: Eleventh Joint Auction

    1992 Dec 13
    Location: New York, NY
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 550

    Mail Bid Sale LV

    1993 Jun 19
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 871

    The First ANA Numismatic Book Auction

    1993 Jul 30
    Location: Baltimore, MD
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 300

    Mail Bid Auction Sale LVIII

    1994 May 14
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 1597

    Rarities of American Numismatic Literature: Mail Bid Sale Fifty-Nine

    1994 Jul 09
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 200

    Mail Bid Auction Sale LX

    1994 Oct 15
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 1379

    Important Numismatic Books: Thirteenth Annual Joint Auction with Spink & Son Ltd.

    1994 Dec 10
    Location: New York, NY
    Type: Live
    # of Lots: 698

    Mail Bid Sale Sixty-Two

    1995 Jun 10
    Location: Crestline, CA
    Type: Mail
    # of Lots: 1530

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