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Elder, Thomas L. CATALOGUE OF THE TWENTY-FIRST SALE. MAGNIFICENT RARE COIN COLLECTION OF THE LATE JAMES B. WILSON, ESQ., OF NEW YORK CITY. New York: Daniel R. Kennedy, Auctioneer, Oct. 5–7, 1908. 8vo, original gilt-printed tan card covers. 72, (8) pages; 1409 lots; 28 fine photographic plates. Original prices realized list laid in. Near fine. A truly notable sale of American coins, especially important for large cents. At the head of that section, Elder terms it “the finest collection ever sold at auction” and notes that “Most of these choice pieces were purchased by Mr. Wilson at the Frothingham sale in May, 1883. Several are from the Parmelee collection.” Two paragraphs in the preface are devoted to the private gold collection, “one of the best that has ever been offered.” Eight of the plates illustrate large cents; three plates depict United States gold coins; there are four plates of silver dollars, two of halves and one each of quarters and dimes; two plates depict pattern silver dollars and ten early half dimes; three plates illustrate ancient, medieval and modern foreign coins; and four plates depict pioneer gold rarities. Elder boasts in his introduction that the plated edition contains more plates than any other previous numismatic sale, which appears to be the case. Adams 21 (rated A+ overall, and A in large cents, proofs, early and late silver, and private gold). Davis 350.