New York: Daniel R. Kennedy, Auctioneer, May 26–29, 1920. Small 4to [27.5 by 22 cm], later black full morocco; spine with five raised bands, ruled in gilt; two red morocco spine labels, gilt; original gilt-printed card covers bound in. 154, (6) pages; 2212 lots; 28 superb photographic plates on cloth hinges; original prices realized list bound in. Original printed prospectus (NUMISMATIC EVENT EXTRAORDINARY!) laid in. Margins of original card covers repaired and backed with tissue paper. Some minor corner folding. Near fine in recent binding. Item #5512
A magnificent collection of early English coins, Roman silver coins and important American colonial coins. By far best remembered today, however, for including Miller’s collection of Connecticut coppers, on which he wrote what is still the standard reference (based partly on prior work by Dr. Thomas Hall). Plated Miller sales are noted rarities and have always been desirable: in his description of a copy in a 1929 auction catalogue, Elder wrote: “Very rare. Not over 8 or 10 Plate catalogs were issued. Probably none other to be had anywhere for sale. Ought to bring $15 to $20.” (The market for these has, suffice to say, increased.) The first eight plates depict British coins from Celtic times to Queen Victoria, including several Roman Republican coins; the ninth through twenty-second plates illustrate a wide variety of ancient Roman coins, along with a few Byzantine pieces and several coins of Roman Egypt; and the final six plates are devoted to American colonial coins. The prospectus included here is very rare, and offers plated copies of the sale for $9. Adams 172. Clain-Stefanelli 14081. Davis 365. Ex Kolbe & Fanning’s 2014 Fixed Price Catalogue, item 69; ex William A. Burd Library.