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The E-Sylum (10/13/2013)

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Back in July we noted that John N. Lupia, III had a new book forthcoming which will be a substantial revision of the classic Attinelli reference on early American auction catalogs. John informs me that the book is now available for sale and a PayPal link has been placed on his web site. Below is the information published earlier, which was compiled from his web site. -Editor

A Documentary History of American Numismatics : Chronicling American Numismatic History

This is a multi volume series designed by John N. Lupia as the American counterpart of the Encyclopedia of British Numismatics.

American Numismatic Auctions to 1875 Volume 1 : American Numismatic Auctions To 1875 : A Chronicle of American Numismatic History.© ISBN: 978-0-9826739-1-1

A solid Introduction provides a substantial setting into which is placed the history of American numismatic sales. Well over 700 entries with more than 200 numismatic auction sales "Not in Attinelli" more than 400 pages of numismatic auctions listed from the earliest period in American history to the end of 1875.

The entries are American numismatic auctions both coins, medals and numismatic literature, and salient information on the history of American numismatics and collecting in America from its beginning to the end of 1875 -- following the time-frame established by Attinelli.

The book includes the first part of Attinelli but expanded and enlarged to incorporate the myriad of new entries. Also, the three numbering systems in the book do not tally as Attinelli since he had multiple entries for the same auction in many cases, which are now combined into their respective auction entry. So although Attinelli could claim more than 400 auction entries that number is reduced in this new revised expanded and enlarged edition.

Each entry is annotated with commentary and bibliographic references, some illustrated. The three numbering systems are (1) chronicling American numismatic history and the history of collecting in America, (2) coin auctions, (3) numismatic auctions. An additional numbering system monitors what is not in Attinelli and what is in Attinelli.

An indispensable reference tool for scholars and researchers especially for catalogers and those researching provenance of various specimens and numismatic literature.

ISBN: 978-0-9826739-1-1
Regina Caeli Press
8.5" x 11"
400 pages
October 2013
$165.00 + S&H

First printing is a short run of 100 copies. If the market so demands a second printing will ensue after the first printing is exhausted.

For more information, see: A Documentary History of American Numismatics Series (

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NEW BOOK: AMERICAN NUMISMATIC AUCTIONS TO 1875 (

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