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Extremely Rare Catalogue of Greek Coins

Price £4,500

Extremely Rare Catalogue of Greek Coins

The extremely rare catalologue of Prince Basil Kotschoubey's collection of Greek coins.Koehne, B. de. Description du Musée de Feu Le Prince Basile Kotschoubey D'Après Son Catalogue Manuscrit et Recherches Sur L'Histoire et la Numismatique des Colonies Grecques en Russie Ainsi Que des Royaumes du Pont et du Bosphore Cimmérien. Imprimerie des Papiers de la Couronne. St Petersberg, 1857. Two Volumes. Folio, pp. (2), 452, (2), 7 finely engraved plates; (1), ii, 419, (1), xxi, 13 plates of coins, 8 further chromolithograph plates depicting antiquities, additional engravings in the text, 5 folding genealogy tables.

Some spotting. Original quarter morocco over red cloth binding. Blind and gilt embossed decoration to boards. Raised bands with gilt roll, gilt lettering, all edges gilt, white silk endpapers. An extremely rare reference, with only 100 copies printed in French, none of which were made available for sale.

Kotschoubey's impressive collection, second only to that held in the Hermitage Museum featured many rarities including coins minted in ancient Russia, principally around the Black Sea region, including modern Ukraine, Crimea and the Kuban region, as well as examples of the very rare gold staters of Pantikapaion.

An important and impressive catalogue. Particularly attractive in the original binding as here. Koehne (1817-1886) was director of the Bureau Héraldique at St. Petersburg, director of the Hermitage Museum and an honorary or active member of nearly every numismatic society in Europe.