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The 1885 Chapman Collection, with Plates

Currency:USD Category:Coins & Paper Money / US Coins Start Price:325.00 USD Estimated At:500.00 - 500.00 USD
The 1885 Chapman Collection, with Plates
SOLD
400.00USDto floor+ buyer's premium + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2014 Nov 01 @ 15:27UTC-4 : AST/EDT
A buyer’s premium of 18% will be added to the cost of all lots purchased by absentee bidders. The premium is reduced to 15% for floor bidders. See shipping info and full terms.
Chapman, S.H. and H. CATALOGUE OF THE CHAPMAN COLLECTION OF FINE ANCIENT GREEK AND ROMAN, ENGLISH, FOREIGN AND AMERICAN COINS AND MEDALS. UNITED STATES COINS, INCLUDING 1804 DOLLAR. Philadelphia: Stan. V. Henkels & Co., May 14-15, 1885. 8vo, contemporary brown calf-backed mottled boards; front cover with dark red leather label, gilt; original gilt-printed white paper wraps bound in. 67, (1) pages; 1253 lots; 3 most attractive tinted photographic plates. Hand-priced in red ink. Binding worn at extremities; still near fine, overall. Adams A-: "1804 $1 with lengthy comment. John Brown medal. Washington peace medal. Proof 1822 1¢. RR patterns. XF NE shilling." An important sale featuring ancient coins, large cents and half cents, silver dollars, and other rare American coins. The long description of the 1804 dollar, while attesting to the brothers considerable marketing skills, is worthy of a home in the numismatic mumbo jumbo hall of fame. The coin itself (purchased at the auction by James V. Dexter via J. W. Scott), found its way into the sale under clouded circumstances. Purchased by the Chapmans in the October 13, 1884 sale of Berlin coin dealer Adolph Weyl, some claimed that the coin belonged all along to the Chapmans and was consigned by them to establish a foreign pedigree: this theory has recently been disproven by Mark Ferguson. The visually appealing plates are printed in tints approximating their metallic content (gold, silver and copper), and depict ancient coins, a few in gold, colonials, early silver dollars, large cents and half cents, a 1796 and 1807 quarter dollar, a few European rarities, etc. Ex Armand Champa Library (Sale III, lot 2161).