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Auction 170  15 Jun 2024
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Lot 345

Starting price: 3500 USD
Price realized: 13 000 USD
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Eliasberg, Sr., Louis E. CARD CATALOGUE OF THE LOUIS E. ELIASBERG SR. WORLD COIN COLLECTION. Approximately 2858 typewritten index cards, onto each of which has been recorded the information regarding a single coin in the Eliasberg coin collection, occasionally augmented by hand in ink. Information recorded generally includes (as relevant for the issue): country, region or issuing party, metal, denomination, date, mint, variety, condition, cost, date purchased, and source of purchase. Some cards include written descriptions of the coins, and others include information on later valuations. An overview of the cards present follows:

Tray One: Europe. Approximately 1210 cards covering (in the following order): Albania, Alsace-Lorraine, Anhalt, Augsburg, Austria, Austria Burgundy, Baden, Bavaria, Belgium, Belgium (Flanders), Bosporus, Brabant, Brandenburg, Brunswick, Brunswick-Lunenberg, Bulgaria, Burgundy, Cis-Alpine Republic, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Etruria, Finland, Flanders, France, Frankfurt, Germany, Greece, Hannover, Hesse, Holland, Holy Roman Empire, Hungary, Italy, Lombardy, Milan, Naples, Papal States, Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Sardinia, Venice, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Moravia, Norway, Nuremberg, Palatinate, Palatinate of the Rhine, Poland, Portugal, Poznan, Romania, Russia, Salzburg, Saxony, Serbia, Sicily, Silesia, Spain, Styria, Swede, Sweden-Norway, Switzerland, Geneva, Berne, Zurich, Transylvania, Turkey, Two Sicilies, Westphalia, and Yugoslavia.

Tray Two: Central & North America, Asia, Africa, Australia, &c. Approximately 805 cards covering (in the following order): Costa Rica, Gibara (Central Santa Lucia), Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, El Salvador, West Indies, Cuba, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Danish West Indies, Lesser Antilles, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Canada, Iceland, Mexico, Newfoundland, Afghanistan, Arabia, Burma, China, Dutch East Indies, Hindustan, Hong Kong, India, Indo-Scythia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Persia, Philippines, Siam, Straits Settlements, Travancore, British East Africa, Carthage, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, German East Africa, Guinea, Liberia, Morocco, South Africa, Sudan, Tunis, Australia, German New Guinea, New Zealand, and Hawaii.

Tray Three: South America. Approximately 843 cards covering (in the following order): Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Tierra del Fuego, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Housed in three (of four) wooden card trays, themselves housed together two by two in a Remington Rand Library Bureau wooden cabinet. Cards very good or better. [with]

Eliasberg, Sr., Louis E. CARD CATALOGUE OF THE LOUIS E. ELIASBERG SR. COLLECTION OF MEDALS, ENCASED POSTAGE STAMPS, PAPER MONEY, FRAMED ITEMS, SILVER BARS, ETC. Approximately 603 typewritten index cards, onto each of which has been recorded the information regarding a single object in the Eliasberg collection, occasionally augmented by hand in ink. Most of the cards present pertain to the collection of U.S. paper money. Information recorded generally includes (as relevant for the issue): country, issuing party (including bank), metal, denomination, series, date and variety. Condition is not recorded for paper money, and information on cost, date of purchase, and source is only recorded for medals, encased postage and silver bars. Most of the paper money has been attributed later, in ink, by Friedberg number, with 1970s valuations recorded. Arranged as follows: Medals, Encased Postage Stamps, Demand Notes, Legal Tender Issues (U.S. Notes), Compound Interest Treasury Notes, Refunding Certificates, Silver Certificates, Treasury or Coin Notes, National Bank Notes, Federal Reserve Bank Notes, Federal Reserve Notes, National Gold Bank Notes of California, Gold Certificates, Small Size National Currency, Miscellaneous, Framed Currency, Framed Exhibit of Specimen Coins, and Silver Bars. Housed in the fourth of four wooden card trays, themselves housed together two by two in a Remington Rand Library Bureau wooden cabinet. Cards very good or better. Accompanied by

Eliasberg, Sr., Louis E. CARD CATALOGUE OF SALE RECORDS OF UNITES STATES COINS (EXCEPTING GOLD), 1973–1981. Approximately 974 typewritten index cards, each of which tracks sale records for a specific United States coin, from colonial pieces to silver dollars, and also including commemoratives and Confederate coins. Auction records from between 1973 and 1981 are recorded, with catalogues consulted including those of Paramount, Bowers & Ruddy, Steve Ivy, Stack's, Kagin's, New England Rare Coin Auctions, Abner Kreisberg, Superior, Fred Sweeney, and others. Cards occasionally augmented by hand in ink. Information recorded generally includes date of sale, auction house, condition and price realized. Variety are mostly limited to those listed in the Red Book. Housed in one of two metal card trays, housed together with another in modern (c. 1970s) metal Steelmaster cabinet. Cards near fine. [housed alongside] Eliasberg, Sr., Louis E. CARD CATALOGUE OF SALE RECORDS OF FOREIGN COINS (MOSTLY GOLD), 1973–1978. Approximately 459 typewritten index cards, each of which tracks sale records for a specific world coin, mostly consisting of gold coins. Auction records from between 1973 and 1978 are recorded, with catalogues consulted including those of Paramount, Bowers & Ruddy, Steve Ivy, Stack's, Coin Galleries, Kagin's, Steinberg's, Abner Kreisberg, Superior, and others. Cards occasionally augmented by hand in ink. Information recorded generally includes date of sale, auction house, condition and price realized. Friedberg numbers are frequently cited. Housed in the second of two metal card trays, housed together with the previously described tray in modern (c. 1970s) metal Steelmaster cabinet. Cards near fine. [with] Eliasberg, Sr., Louis E. EUROPEAN COINS ON DISPLAY IN PHILADELPHIA. Roughly 950 typewritten index cards, each of which provides information on a coin included in the display of the Eliasberg collection held at the United States Mint as part of the Bicentennial celebrations. Cards occasionally augmented by hand in ink. Information recorded generally (as relevant) includes country, denomination, date, mint, and condition, along with a brief description. Housed in the first of two metal card trays, housed together with the following tray in modern (c. 1970s) metal Steelmaster cabinet. Cards near fine. [housed alongside] Eliasberg, Sr., Louis E. DIAMETER MEASUREMENTS FOR ENGLISH AND FRENCH GOLD COINS. Roughly 300 handwritten index cards, each of which notes the exact diameter of a single coin, presumably intended for use in creating custom-built coin display cases. Housed in the second of two metal card trays, housed together with the preceding tray in modern (c. 1970s) metal Steelmaster cabinet. Cards near fine.

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.'s personal card catalogue of his world coin collection, accompanied by thousands of other cards describing additional items in his collection or recording information about them. Present here are eight drawers of cards that together hold a total of some 6145 cards: 2558 recording the world coin collection, 603 recording additional material in the Eliasberg collection, 1433 devoted to tracking values, and 1250 devoted to exhibition preparation. The first part of the card catalogue is perhaps the most important, given that the cards record not only the coins constituting the Eliasberg collection of world coins, but the circumstances of their acquisition, including their source, price, and Eliasberg's estimation of their condition. While some of this material is included in the excellent American Numismatic Rarities catalogue of the Eliasberg world coin collection (April 18–19, 2005), not all of it is. The cards give one a better idea of Eliasberg as a collector, and showcase his nearly universal numismatic tastes. The attention to detail and organization that served him well in other aspects of life are keenly evident here, and the curiosity that drives all well-rounded collections is apparent. The drawer that is mostly devoted to U.S. paper money is also significant, though the extent of the information included is not as wide as with the world coins. Eliasberg's U.S. paper money, along with his silver and base metal world coins and other miscellaneous material, was mostly dispersed through various Stack's and Coin Galleries sales, though certain highlights were include in the 1997 Bowers & Merena sale held in cooperation with Stack's. All of these cards are housed in an older four-drawer cabinet that Louis Eliasberg Sr. used for many years. The other four drawers of cards are housed in two two-drawer cabinets of more recent manufacture, and probably date from the 1970s. The senior Eliasberg died in 1976, and many of the cards present in the newer cabinets are devoted to tracking the values of U.S. coins (except gold) and world gold coins through the course of the 1970s. The remaining cards are concerned with exhibits, in particular the massive displays formed to showcase the Eliasberg collection during the Bicentennial celebrations. The care with which these exhibits were prepared is impressive, and some of the immense amount of behind-the-scenes work that went into these displays is revealed in the cards, which not only record the coins being exhibited, but carefully record the diameter of each coin for which a custom case was prepared. All told, the card catalogues here present tell the story not only of the formation of the Eliasberg collection, but the formation of its legacy as well. These cards were consulted throughout the writing of the various Eliasberg collection catalogues and they remain the original source material for much of the collection's historical background. This may be the only time they are offered for public sale. Ex Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Library; ex Richard A. Eliasberg Library.

Estimate: 5000 EUR
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