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The Massive John Story Jenks Sale, with Plates

Currency:USD Category:Coins & Paper Money / US Coins Start Price:1,500.00 USD Estimated At:2,250.00 - 2,250.00 USD
The Massive John Story Jenks Sale, with Plates
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Chapman, Henry. CATALOGUE OF THE JOHN STORY JENKS COLLECTION OF COINS. ANCIENT GREEK, ROMAN AND THE ENTIRE WORLD. EARLY AMERICAN COLONIAL AND STATE ISSUES AND UNITED STATES PATTERNS AND THE REGULAR ISSUES. Philadelphia: Davis & Harvey, Auctioneers, Dec. 7-17, 1921. 4to, original white cloth, gilt; rebacked with new comers. xii, 653, (1) pages, blank leaf; (24) page prices realized list bound in; 7302 lots; 42 superb photographic plates of coins and medals. Hand-priced with plate numbers noted; some underlining. Near fine. Ex Lester Merkin, with his bookplate. Adams A+: "Henry Chapman's magnum opus. Superb coins of the world plus U.S. all series, all expertly described." The most famous of the Chapman sales and one of the most renowned American coin auction ever held. John Story Jenks began collecting coins around 1850 and was 82 years of age when his collection was sold. Chapman claimed that "He is probably the oldest collector in the United States, and nearly every important sale has contributed to his collection." Twenty years his junior, Henry Chapman was still at the height of his considerable powers: "Suffice it to say I have not spared my faculties, energy or money to give in this catalogue full descriptions of the coins contained in this grand collection." For years the Jenks catalogue served as the best American single reference guide to the entire range of numismatics. Of great importance for the fine array of ancient Greek and Roman coins alone, also featured was an incredible selection of medieval and modern European rarities, and an especially important and extensive series of British coins. The American coins, from colonials to pioneer gold, were also of prime importance. [online description truncated: see PDF or printed catalogue for full description]