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Elder’s Lawrence Sale, Complete with 22 Photographic Plates

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Elder’s Lawrence Sale, Complete with 22 Photographic Plates
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Elder, Thomas L. CATALOGUE OF THE IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF RARE COINS AND MEDALS FORMED BY THE LATE DR. GEORGE ALFRED LAWRENCE, OF NEW YORK. FINE AND RARE ANCIENT, MEDIAEVAL AND MODERN GOLD, PLATINUM, SILVER AND BRONZE COINS AND MEDALS. GREEK, ROMAN, SYRIAN, EGYPTIAN AND BYZANTINE GOLD AND SILVER; FINE GREEK AND ROMAN BRONZE COINS, OVER 510 LOTS; ALSO FINE MEDIAEVAL ENGLISH AND EUROPEAN GOLD AND SILVER, PATTERN COINS, ST. JOHN OF CYPRUS, RHODES AND MALTA; FINE AMERICAN COLONIAL AND CONTINENTAL ISSUES FROM 1652; MASSACHUSETTS SILVER, LORD BALTIMORE AND ANNAPOLIS SILVER COINS; SPLENDID COLLECTION OF THE PRIVATE AMERICAN GOLD COINS OF CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, UTAH, OREGON, NORTH CAROLINA, ETC. WITH DUBOSQ & CO. $10; SHULTS & COMPANY $5; MASSACHUSETTS & CALIFORNIA CO. $5; MOFFAT & CO. $16.00 OBLONG BAR; WASS MOLITER & CO. $20; WITH LARGE HEAD, DATED 1855; TWELVE $50 GOLD COINS, INCLUDING KELLOGG & CO. ROUND PROOF DATED 1855; WASS MOLITER & CO. $50 DATED 1855, AND OTHERS IN VERY FINE TO UNCIRCULATED CONDITION. CALIFORNIA GOLD DOLLARS, HALF AND QUARTER DOLLARS, MEDALS, ETC., ETC. New York, June 26-28, 1929. Small 4to, original gilt-printed card covers. 107, (5) pages; 11 blank leaves interspersed throughout the text; 1544 lots; 22 superb photographic plates laid in as issued. Lacking rear cover; front cover chipped; spine very worn; some page corners folded. Good or better, with plates fine or nearly so. The Deluxe Special Quarto Edition. A perplexing Elder production, rarely encountered as here with all 22 of the photographic plates originally prepared. Often copies come with only one or two specialized sections of the plates; there are also at least three different varieties of the text; and even the prices realized list comes on regular and thick paper. Four of the superb photographic plates depict ancient Greek and Roman coins; nine illustrate English and European coins; one depicts American colonial coins; and the remaining eight plates illustrate American pioneer gold coins. While the overall condition of this copy leaves something to be desired, the saving grace is that the photographic plates were prepared in a smaller size than the catalogue and loosely laid in--resulting in their preservation in fine condition despite the wear experienced by the printed catalogue. A decent bookbinder could improve this copy quite a bit. A well-known neurologist, Lawrence wrote a number of books on the topic. His coin collection was remarkably varied but is best known for its outstanding collection of California and other pioneer gold coins. Elder explains the reason for this predilection in his introduction: “The late Dr. George Alfred Lawrence was born at Lawrence, California, a settlement named for his ancestors, on June 6th, 1869. As California was the principal seat of the coinage of private gold issued between 1849 and 1855, it was natural that the Doctor should specialize in the American Private Gold Coinages.” Plated copies of the Lawrence catalogue have long been desirable and are rarely obtainable. Adams A+: “Biography of Lawrence. Superb ancients. Outstanding medieval: Anglo-Saxon, coins of the Crusades. Definitive Maltese. Siege pieces. Baltimore shilling, 6 pence. Perhaps best territorial gold ever: 1850, 1851 Baldwin $10; Gem Humbert 1851 $50 (3); Kellogg’s own 1855 $50; Mass. & Cal. $5; Schultz $5; superb fractionals; Cal. gold notes.”