Item #7176 A DESCRIPTION OF ANCIENT AND MODERN COINS, IN THE CABINET COLLECTION AT THE MINT OF THE UNITED STATES. James Ross Snowden.
A DESCRIPTION OF ANCIENT AND MODERN COINS, IN THE CABINET COLLECTION AT THE MINT OF THE UNITED STATES.
A DESCRIPTION OF ANCIENT AND MODERN COINS, IN THE CABINET COLLECTION AT THE MINT OF THE UNITED STATES.

A DESCRIPTION OF ANCIENT AND MODERN COINS, IN THE CABINET COLLECTION AT THE MINT OF THE UNITED STATES.

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1860. 8vo, original brown embossed cloth, gilt. Frontispiece medallion plate engraved via medal ruling machine; xix, (2), 22–412 pages; text illustrations; folding statement; 27 plates of coins printed in relief with metallic tints, on a dark brown background. Inscribed, dated and signed by Snowden on front flyleaf. Ex Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Philadelphia library with bookplate on pastedown. Plates toned, as usual; binding worn, particularly at head and tail of spine. Very good. Item #7176

A notable copy of the first complete catalogue of coins in the Mint Collection, compiled by George Bull with the assistance of William E. Du Bois, assistant assayer and curator of the cabinet at the time, and “Prepared and Arranged under the Direction of James Ross Snowden, Director of the Mint.” The signed inscription by Snowden, presenting this copy to the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Philadelphia, refers to himself as the editor. The book is widely known by its original spine title: The Mint Manual of Coins of All Nations. The attractive embossed coin plates represent the first extensive American use of this novel and attractive method of illustration. Clain-Stefanelli 12543.

Price: $300.00