The collecting area of numismatic literature is a wonderful
complement to a collection of regular issue coins, and it’s an area
where one gets a sense of the history of objects along with the
history of coin collecting. Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers’s
Aug. 22 auction featured selections from the libraries of former
Coin World editor Margo Russell and collector Raymond Hale.
Those curious to learn more about this fascinating collecting area
would bewell-advised to look into joining the Numismatic Bibliomania
Society, online at www.coinbooks.org.
1979 GSA report on the sale of Carson City Mint Morgan Dollar
Another selection from Margo’s library was her original 1979
report titled Report to the Administrator of General Services from the
Advisory Panel for the Sale of Carson City Silver Dollars.
Margo was one of four members appointed to the advisory panel for
the sale of Carson City Mint Morgan dollars held in government vaults,
and this was her personal copy of the panel’s final report.
Other panel members included chair Deborah Duke Swann, American
Numismatic Association leader Ed Rochette and Morgan dollar specialist
Leroy Van Allen. The panel made recommendations on marketing and how
to reach coin collectors.
The report was forwarded to the General Services Administration on
June 26, 1979. Estimated at $100, the rare 42-page turquoise report
sold for a hearty $323.13.
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