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United States Pattern, Experimental and Trial Pieces-Judd, Fourth Edition 1970, Harry W. Bass Signed & Annotated

October 20, 2014 Sales Archive, Sold - Americana

This copy of Judd’s reference work belonged in the library of Harry W. Bass and it is boldly signed with blue ink at the top of the first blank page inside the front cover as “Harry W. Bass Jr.”. The book itself has seen heavy use with somewhat loose binding, a scuffed and marked cover and heavily annotated pages. At the top of the dedication page there is written in smudged, red ink “A-indicates in A.N.S. collection”. The notes continue throughout the text in both blue and red ink and appear to contain auction lot and sales records as well as copious observations. The back page has a business card stapled to the top for Stewart P. Witham. Witham was a prominent numismatist whose collection of Capped Bust half dollars was later featured in the Heritage Signature Sale in conjunction with the 2010 ANA Show held in Boston, MA. This appears to have been a working copy of the Judd book in the Harry W. Bass library. Bass began collecting coins in the 1960s and the non-profit foundation created by Harry Bass, Sr. includes the following:

“Over the last thirty years of his life, he assembled one of the most complete collections of U.S. gold coins ever brought together by either an individual or a museum. In those three decades he collected over 8,000 U.S. gold coins, for he specialized in their die varieties (the die changes that occurred with use and aging), and upon his death left his collection to the his Foundation. To become a world-class expert in this very specialized area, he also assembled a private numismatic library of over 10,000 items. His Core Collection of U.S. Gold is now on display at the American Numismatic Association Museum in Colorado Springs.” Source; The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation.

 

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