New York: Bangs, June 9–14, 1884. 4to, later green cloth, gilt; original white gilt-printed front paper cover bound in. 192 pages; 3727 lots. Set of 12 reprint plates, tinted to approximate the metallic content of the items depicted, and original prices realized list laid in. Spine sunned; near fine. Item #7038
Adams 13, with reprint plates. Rated A+ overall: “Excellent English: tokens and war medals. NE shilling. Clinton 1¢. Gem copper. Carrollton in silver, many other medals.” An important and extensive collection with notable ancients, excellent English coins, tokens and war medals and numerous European rarities. The American portion is especially notable for its gem large cents, Washingtonia and historical medals. Visually, it is one of the most impressive of the Chapman series with its magnificent reproductions of beautiful oversize medals which, as well as the coins, are depicted in tints approximating the metallic colors and often appear to be three-dimensional. In the August, 1950 issue of The Numismatist, John Ford described the plates as “the finest I have ever seen in any catalog or numismatic book.” The first plate depicts ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval and modern gold coins. The second plate illustrates ancient Greek and several Roman silver coins. Plates three and four depict crowns and other, mainly British, silver coins. Plate five illustrates foreign copper coins and tokens, and plate six mainly depicts historical foreign silver medals, along with a few coins and military medals. Plate seven, which doubles as the frontispiece, depicts impressive bronze medals, along with a few ancient and other coins. Plate eight illustrates silver American colonial coins at the top and copper colonials below. Plate nine mainly depicts impressive large historical medals of American interest. Plate ten, the second bi-color plate, illustrates United States, pioneer and fractional California gold coins at the top, and rare United States silver coins below. Plate eleven is devoted to Warner’s choice large cents and half cents, and the final plate mainly depicts pattern American 1870–1879 silver and trade dollars. Among the most elusive of the early large-format plated Chapman catalogues. Davis 182. Fanning, Ancient Coins in Early American Auctions, 7.