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Numismatic Books Old and New with Dr. David Fanning. CoinWeek's podcast interview of David Fanning on the field of numismatic literature.

CoinWeek's video interview of David Fanning on the letters of infamous coin forger Thomas Wyatt being offered by Kolbe & Fanning at the 2016 World's Fair of Money, August 2016.

The Numismatic Bookseller #53 Winter 2016, includes George F. Kolbe's "Reminiscences of a Numismatic Bookseller #4", originally published in The Asylum.

"Numismatic Who's Who: George F. Kolbe," CoinsWeekly.com.

"Vendor finds money in books about coins" by Joe Blundo in The Columbus Dispatch, Sunday, January 17, 2016.

Editor's Q&A by Steve Roach, Coin World December 2015.
David Fanning answers a few questions about his start in numismatic literature.

The Numismatic Bookseller #52 Autumn 2015, includes George F. Kolbe's "Reminiscences of a Numismatic Bookseller #2", originally published in The Asylum.

The Numismatic Bookseller #51 Summer 2015.

The Numismatic Bookseller #50 Spring 2015, includes George F. Kolbe's "Reminiscences of a Numismatic Bookseller #1", originally published in The Asylum.

"Reminiscences of a Numismatic Bookseller #4", The Asylum vol 32 no 1.

Large Paper Attinelli Sighting in Boston
by George F. Kolbe, published in The Asylum.
An exciting discovery at the Boston Public Library.

"Off the Shelf" by David F. Fanning, regularly published in The Asylum. Winner of the "Best Column: Small Publications" award from the Numismatic Literary Guild in 2015.

   Off the Shelf: John Allan's 1839 "On Coins and Medals", The Asylum vol 33 no 3

   Off the Shelf: Spasskii's Russian Monetary System, The Asylum vol 33 no 2

   Off the Shelf: The Empire Coin Company, with additional material by Q. David Bowers, The Asylum vol 33 no 1

   Off the Shelf: The Sales of J.M. Henderson, The Asylum vol 32 no 4

   Off the Shelf: A Modern Hardcover Rarity, The Asylum vol 32 no 3

   Off the Shelf: Médailles sur les principaux événements du règne de Louis le Grand, The Asylum vol 32 no 1

   Off the Shelf: Trifet, F. & Co., vol 31 no 2

   Off The Shelf: The 1893 Frossard & Hays, vol 31 no 1

A Few Notes on Catherine Eagleton’s Numismatic Chronicle Article on the Continental Dollar
by David F. Fanning
A refutation of Catherine Eagleton’s “Collecting America: Sarah Sophia Banks and the ‘Continental Dollar’ of 1776.”

The Tale of the Tape: a book, a blurb and a buskin.
By George Kolbe
Published in The Numismatist, Volume 127, No. 1, (January 2014). An account of the endorsements and personalities complicating the 1963 publication of one of the hobby's most respected tomes: Counterfeit, Mis-Struck, and Unofficial U.S. Coins, by Don Taxay.

Godfather to All Monkeys: Martin Folkes and His 1756 Library Sale
By George Kolbe
Published in The Asylum, Vol. 32, No. 2, (April-June 2014), Quarterly Journal of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society (coinbooks.org). A listing, with commentary, of the many works on numismatics (over 300) sold in the forty-one day auction sale of the extensive library formed by the famous English numismatist, antiquary, mathematician, and astronomer.

Reminiscences of a Numismatic Bookseller 1
By George F. Kolbe
Published in The Asylum, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Jan.-March 2013), Quarterly Journal of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society (coinbooks.org). George Kolbe reminisces about his passion for collecting and selling numismatic literature with excerpts from his recent book The Reference Library of a Numismatic Bookseller

"Coinage from the Dawn of Islam." 
By David F. Fanning
Originally published in The Numismatist, Vol. 125, No. 10 (October 2012), pp. 49-54. Feature article on Islamic coinages through the 'Abassid revolution, covering Arab-Sasanian, Arab-Byzantine and Umayyad issues. Reproduced courtesy of THE NUMISMATIST, official publication of the American Numismatic Association (www.money.org).

"Top 10 American Numismatic Books of the 19th Century."
By David F. Fanning
Winner of an ANA Heath Literary Award in 2012. Published in The Numismatist, February 2012. Feature article on 19th-century American numismatic books, giving my picks for the most significant works published. Reproduced courtesy of THE NUMISMATIST, official publication of the American Numismatic Association (www.money.org). 

"An Eighteenth-Century Coin Chart: A Mystery Solved."
By David F. Fanning. 
Written with Eric P. Newman and published in the October-December 2009 issue of The Asylum. Describes the means through which Fanning identified an 18th-century coin chart brought to the attention of the numismatic community in 1996 by Newman and unidentified until this time.

"Early U.S. Auction Sales Containing Colonial Coins: Part Three, the Early Civil War Years."
By David F. Fanning
Part Three. From the Summer 2008 issue of the C4 Newsletter. A fourth part was planned but has yet to be written. 

"Early U.S. Auction Sales Containing Colonial Coins: Part Two, 1859 to the Civil War."
By David F. Fanning
Part Two. From the Fall 2007 issue of the C4 Newsletter.

"Early U.S. Auction Sales Containing Colonial Coins: Part One, Sales through 1858."
By David F. Fanning
The first of a three-part article on the subject published in the C4 Newsletter, the quarterly publication of the Colonial Coin Collectors Club. Appeared in the Summer 2007 issue.

"Collectors Who Served in the Civil War."
By David F. Fanning
Originally published in The Numismatist, Vol. 117, No. 11 (November 2004), pp. 44-48. Feature article on the influence of the U.S. Civil War on the nascent hobby of coin collecting, with brief biographies of some collectors who fought in the conflict, including John Haseltine, Édouard Frossard, Lyman Low, E.L. Mason, J.N.T. Levick and George Massamore. Reproduced courtesy of THE NUMISMATIST, official publication of the American Numismatic Association (www.money.org).

"Collecting Numismatic Literature." 
By David F. Fanning
Originally published in The Numismatic Sun, No. 3 (Summer/Fall 2004), pp. 42-46. A somewhat autobiographical article on the various reasons and ways one goes about collecting numismatic literature.

"An Annotated Bibliography of the Published Numismatic Writings of Walter H. Breen."
By David F. Fanning
Originally published in The Asylum, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Summer 2004), pp. 166-224. Winner of "Best Article" in 2004 volume of The Asylum. A detailed bibliography containing around 500 entries covering published numismatic works written by Breen, most of which are followed by a brief description of the work's subject, context and importance.

"'Guard this one with your life': W. Elliot Woodward's Ninety-Second Sale."
By David F. Fanning
Feature article on a legendary rarity among the Woodward series; includes bibliographic information, background on both the cataloguer and consignors, an overview of the artifacts contained in the sale and a census of known copies. This has been updated since its original publication in the Spring 2003 issue of The Asylum.

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