Library Gets $1 Million
By Numismatic News
took to the rostrum Jan. 9 to help sell the
Stack family library at the George Frederick
Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books auction held in New
The sale realized $1,003,950, which according to
Kolbe, is just the second time a single-day
literature auction has grossed over $1 million.
Going on the block in the sale were 400
highlights from the Stack family numismatic
library and 100 duplicates from the American
Estimates for the 500 lots, Kolbe said, came to
$540,000, so results far surpassed this level.
Every lot found a buyer, Kolbe pointed out, and
the per lot average of $2,000 is the highest
Sixty-eight registered bidders filled the room.
There were a dozen telephone bidders and over 30
As he came to the podium to call the first few
lots in the sale, Stack, who joined the family
firm in 1947, received a hearty round of
applause. He returned to the podium a little
later, to auction Lots 79 and 80.
Lot 80 was Joseph Stack’s three-volume
photographic record of the fabled collection of
$2.50, $5 and $10 U.S. gold coins from the
collection of Col. E. H. R. Green; it and Lot
79, original inventory records and other
materials relating to the acquisition by Stack’s
of Green’s gold coins, shared top honors, each
Results reported include a 15 percent buyer’s
The Stack family’s complete bound set of Stack’s
auction sale catalogs brought $63,250. Their
complete bound set of Coin Galleries
publications, estimated at $5,000, brought
Henry Chapman’s 1883 Andrews work on large cents
realized $3,220 on a $300 estimate, Kolbe
reported, and the 1911 Henry Chapman Siedlecki
sale with plates sold for $5,750 on a $3,000
The 1915 United States Coin Co. sale of the H.O.
Granberg collection with plates was estimated at
$4,000 and realized $5,750.
For more information, visit the Web site at
www.numislit.com. A limited number of
illustrated catalogs, including a prices
realized list, may still be ordered by sending
$35 to George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic
Books, P.O. Drawer 3100, Crestline, CA
A second Stack Family Library sale is planned
for June 2010. Catalogs may be reserved by
sending $10 to the above address.