Past Sales

See the "Catalogues" tab for our past sales or find earlier catalogues on the Newman Numismatic Portal.


Kolbe-Fanning sale 156 coverKolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers held our Sale 156 on Saturday, May 30, 2020. As we went to press in the midst of the Covid pandemic, we were a little uncertain about what to expect in terms of participation and prices. As it turns out, the sale was very successful, with nearly 200 registered bidders vying for 419 lots of books on ancient, world and U.S. numismatics, including material from the libraries of Phil Carrigan, Dan Freidus, and Doug Robins. Prices were strong, with the sale bringing 125% of its total pre-sale estimate. 

Some highlights of the sale include:

White spacer barDated Alexander Coinage of Sidon and Ake Kolbe-Fanning sale 156 lot 64 Thomas Herbert sale 
Lots 43 and 64

Lot 43: Edward T. Newell’s own copy of his 1916 The Dated Alexander Coinage of Sidon and Ake, interleaved and extensively annotated, brought $2750 hammer against an estimate of $1200

Lot 64: a priced and named copy of the scarce 1848 sale of the extensive collection formed by Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke, realized an extraordinary $2000 hammer on a $350 estimate

Numismata Virorum Illustrium ex Barbadica Gente Kolbe-Fanning sale 156 lot 88 Mikhailovich sale 
Lots 75 and 88

Lot 75: the majestic 1732 Numismata Virorum Illustrium ex Barbadica Gente, bound with the rare 1760 supplement with five additional plates, sold for $3000 on a $2000 estimate

Lot 88: a copy of the highly desirable 1950 Christie’s sale of material from the collection of Russian coins and medals formed by Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich, estimated at $200, brought $1400 in spirited bidding

1756 Martin Folkes collection sale Kolbe-Fanning sale 156 lot 244 Manchester Numismatic Society serial 
Lots 124 and 244

Lot 124: Eric P. Newman’s copy of the rare 1756 sale of the Martin Folkes collection, priced and named, realized an exceptional $5000 hammer on a $750 estimate

Lot 244: Dr. Charles Clay’s very rare 1864–1868 Manchester Numismatic Society serial, with the earliest photographic plates to appear in a numismatic journal (which depict American colonial coins in addition to other issues), saw very heavy bidding and closed at $4500 against a pre-sale estimate of $1000

Dye's Bank Note Plate Delineator Kolbe-Fanning sale 156 lot 339 Paine Early Paper Currency of Massachusetts 
Lots 262 and 339

Lot 262: the extremely rare first printing of Dye’s 1855 Bank Note Plate Delineator, designated on the title page as Parts I & II, and the only copy known to us in private hands, sold for $4250 on a $1500 estimate

Lot 339: Charles Bushnell’s extra-illustrated copy of Nathaniel Paine’s rare 1866 Remarks on the Early Paper Currency of Massachusetts, another pioneering use of photography in a numismatic work, brought $3250 on a 2500 estimate

Perkins Prevention of the Forgery of Bank Notes plate Kolbe-Fanning sale 156 lot 381 Strobridge Seavey sale 
Lots 343 and 381

Lot 343: a very rare 1821 Jacob Perkins publication on the Prevention of the Forgery of Bank Notes, originally presented to a member of the Perkins family and previously thought to be unique, was the star of the sale, selling for a final bid of $19,000 on a $5000 estimate

Lot 381: William Strobridge’s rare plated catalogue of the Seavey collection, from the Eric P. Newman Library and estimated at $2000, sold for $3250.

The full prices realized list may be downloaded at: Stated prices do not include the 20% buyer’s premium. 

We thank all of you who participated in our sale and invite you to browse our online retail inventory at If you would like to receive our promotional emails, you may sign up through or drop us an email at We hope to be able to announce the date for Sale 157 in the near future.