R.W. McLachlan reprint up for auction

One of only 100 copies of Robert McLachlan’s seminal 1886 book Canadian Numismatics reprinted from the American Journal of Numismatics will cross the block south of the border this December.

The U.S.-based bookseller Kolbe & Fanning (KF) will offer the McLachlan book alongside more than 450 lots of “important numismatic literature” on Dec. 3.

With its full title reading Canadian Numismatics: A Descriptive Catalogue of Coins, Tokens and Medals Issued in Or Relating to the Dominion of Canada, the book is “a pioneering work, still of considerable importance,” according to auctioneers.

While KF sold another admittedly finely bound” example from the Syd Martin Library this April for $2,500 US (about $3,350 Cdn.), the “near fine” example on offer this winter is estimated at $750 US (about $1,000 Cdn.).

As of Nov. 21, the current bid is $500.

Live bidding for the sale will begin on Dec. 3 at noon (ET).

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