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Attinelli, E.J. NUMISGRAPHICS, OR A LIST OF CATALOGUES, IN WHICH OCCUR COINS OR MEDALS, WHICH HAVE BEEN SOLD BY AUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES, ALSO, A LIST OF CATALOGUES OR PRICE LISTS OF COINS, ISSUED BY DEALERS, ALSO, A LIST OF VARIOUS PUBLICATIONS OF MORE OR LESS INTEREST TO NUMISMATOLOGISTS, WHICH HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE UNITED STATES. New York, 1876. 8vo [26 by 16.5 cm], handsomely bound in mottled blue half calf with gray paper sides by Alan Grace; spine with two raised bands ruled, lettered and decorated in gilt; housed in a dark gray cloth slipcase; original printed front wrapper mounted and bound in. 123, (1) pages; folding frontispiece facsimile of the 1828 Watkins broadside. Annotated throughout in pencil. Small stain in the outer blank margin of the first dozen or so leaves; last two leaves neatly repaired at inner margins. Correspondence from Armand Champa relating to this copy laid in. An attractively bound, very good or better copy. Ex Ferguson Haines, with numerous check marks and occasional annotations throughout the main text, presumably in his hand; sold in the April 29-30, 1977 Katen sale to Armand Champa; sold privately to Dennis Mendelson by Champa; sold in the October 17, 1992 Kolbe Mendelson sale (lot 2), to Armand Champa again [to this point the book included a tipped-in letter from Attinelli to Haines which was subsequently removed by Champa and sold separately as lot 1035 in the March 23, 1995 Champa library sale]; sold privately by Champa, sans letter, to Myron Xenos; sold in Kolbe Sale 95, lot 76, where it was purchased by Stephen Epstein, the present consignor. The first substantial American numismatic bibliography and a remarkable work, published, as John Adams notes, "near the climax of the period that witnessed the establishment of coin collecting in the United States." With its colorful vignettes of dealers and collectors of the day and a plenitude of useful facts and fascinating lore, Attinelli's work brings 19th-century American numismatics to life. His word sketches of the great and not-so-great coin collectors, dealers, numismatists and scalawags of the day are indispensable in any attempt to understand the beginnings of commercial and organizational numismatics in the second half of the 19th century in America. Attinelli's meticulous cataloguing of the numismatic auction sale catalogues of the period parallels the thoroughness of Sylvester Crosby in his chosen field of American colonial coins. Parts II and III of the book comprise an in-depth bibliography of "Catalogues and Price-Lists" and "Publications issued in the United States." Both sections are, even today, of great value. Estimates vary as to how many copies of Numisgraphics were originally printed but they are invariably miniscule. Adams comments in the foreword to the Quarterman reprint: "Whatever the size of the original edition, relatively few copies got into circulation. The remainder, if any, seems to have disappeared quickly; Numisgraphics appeared on want lists as early as 1879. In any event, the book is extremely rare today, with less than a dozen copies known to exist. Half of these are impounded in institutions and the remaining half ardently hunted by numismatic cognoscenti." This appraisal, made three decades ago, may be a bit pessimistic, but Numisgraphics remains one of the great rarities of American numismatic literature and it has only begun to be fully appreciated, in both intellectual and economic terms. This is the first copy we have offered publically since 2006. Clain-Stefanelli 11863. Gengerke page i: "The pioneering work on U.S. numismatic auctions... For researchers or collectors of early catalogs, it contains a wealth of information not found elsewhere." Sigler 141. Ex Stephen Epstein library.
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Highest graded Morgan dollar.

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Today!

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Very interesting information all of it! You've done your research for sure!
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Thanks BadToTheBone. Receipt for lots of Panama Pacific Expo $50 Rounds.

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Thanks BadToTheBone. Receipt for lots of Panama Pacific Expo $50 Rounds.
Very nice!
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I gotta say, this thread got me so excited that I had to come out of hiding! I hadn't posted in a long long time. There is some great material here, and I have very much enjoyed learning a lot from these interesting and gorgeous images and texts.
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Thanks. Feel free to post what you love.

This shows that there are many ways to love our coins... even if I don't really understand them...

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Ugh. Was hoping that "Throne of Coins" was unique, but a search indicates this borders on an industry!
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How are hobo nickels not a major U.S. art form?

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Love the female image on the 1937, numismatic_student.
Remember, what the Dormouse said.
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The best of the 1700's...

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Absolutely fascinating thread!! Thank you tremendously NumismaticStudent and all the others who posted all these amazing pictures and documents.

I just spent the last hour and a half reading every thing you have posted.


Links to ALL previous "Days of..." Threads:
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