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Joanne Isaac of the ANS forwarded this press release announcing the Society's acquisitions at last week's Kolbe-Fanning New York book auction, including the Collins and Clain-Stefanelli archives, among other lots. -Editor

Kolbe-Fanning sale 127 cover The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce some exciting new acquisitions. The Harry W. Bass Jr. Library was able to acquire some important numismatic rarities in the auction of Kolbe and Fanning, conducted on Saturday, January 12, 2013. The acquisition of the following lots was made possible by ANS Fellows John W. Adams, Dan Hamelberg, Anthony Terranova, George Kolbe and ANS Member David Fanning.

-- Clain-Stefanelli Archives: Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli’s Extensive Manuscript and Typescript Materials, with photographs and additional publications, on the coinage of Callatis. This largely unpublished work is a valuable research tool for Greek numismatic scholars with particular interest in Greek colonies of the Black Sea region.

-- Clain-Stefanelli Archives: Seventy-Seven Binders and Scrapbooks containing thousands of pages of handwritten notes illustrated with clipped coin photos or drawings, including Elvira’s important notebooks on Roman Republican coins. This is another important research tool for scholars focusing on Roman Republican coins. Forty-one small binders hold thousands of pages of handwritten notes, divided by region (from Acarnania to Zankle), along with ten small binders on Roman Republican denarii, among others.

Conjectures Upon the British & Saxon Coins -- Compton, Thomas. Conjectures Upon the British & Saxon Coins &C. Anno D. MDCCXX. By T.C.A.M. &C. 1720. A visually stunning manuscript by Thomas Compton (1698-1761), this unpublished volume may be one of the earliest extant substantial works on British coins ever written.

-- Clain-Stefanelli, Elvira Eliza and Vladimir. Remarkable assemblage of research materials on American medals and foreign medals relating to America. This includes hundreds of pages of photocopied articles, original photographs, manuscript notes and other research materials. It is an important research tool on early U.S. medals, particularly on the Comitia Americana series.

Bicknell's reporter -- Bicknell, Robert T. Bicknell’s Reporter, Counterfeit Detector, and General Prices Current. Philadelphia, April 20, 1847 to February 15, 1848. Forty-two issues covering Vol. XVII, Nos. 40, 42-50 and 52, and Vol. XVIII, Nos. 1-11, 13-27 and 29-32. This was an important acquisition for the library, which previously only had 3 issues of this periodical, none of which were repeated in this grouping.

-- Collins, Jack, and Robert J. Myers. The Jack Collins Archives on Washingtonia. South Gate and New York, late 1980s through 1996. This includes various boxes of archival materials, including manuscript, typescript and printed text descriptions by Jack Collins, 133 glassine envelopes with several prints each, and three boxes of black and white photographic negatives depicting Washington medals, tokens, and coins, among numerous other materials.

Elizabeth Hahn, Francis D. Campbell Librarian of the Society, said after the sale: “We are most grateful to all our friends, who made these acquisitions possible. Our Library is being used by more and more readers, and we are thrilled to be able to add books and manuscripts in the ancient, early modern, US and medals areas.

Thanks to everyone involved for helping make a great library even better. What a great set of resources for researchers! -Editor
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