Philadelphia: Davis & Harvey, December 9–13, 1890. 4to, modern white linen and boards; upper cover lettered in gilt in original style. 114 pages; 2777 lots; 12 fine tinted photographic plates with tissue guards; prices realized list bound in. Light marginal chipping to price list. Fine. Item #6042
Adams 32, rated A+ overall: “Gold proof sets 1859–1888. 1842–1880 silver proof sets. 1825–1834 $5. MS 1797 50¢, 1804 25¢. Superb in all mint series.” One of this country’s pioneer numismatists, Cleneay commenced collecting in the 1840s and formed one of the most important early collections of colonials and United states coins, uniformly in top condition and nearly complete in all series. In the preface the Chapmans praised Cleneay as “an ardent lover of the science of Numismatics, and a highly-esteemed citizen,” noting that “His aim was to secure specimens of all the United States series (in) either proof or uncirculated condition” and concluding that Cleneay’s was “the most nearly complete collection of United States coins ever offered.” The plates, tinted in colors to approximate their metallic content, depict the following coins: I–ancient Greek, Roman and foreign gold coins; II–American colonial silver and copper coins; III–United States and pioneer gold; IV–United States silver dollars; V–Gobrecht and later dollars and United States half dollars; VI–United States quarter dollars; VII–United States dimes and half dimes; VIII & IX–large cents; X–large cents and half cents; XI–silver historical medals; XII–copper colonials and foreign coins. Clain-Stefanelli 11940. Davis 185.