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The Important Hoffman Collection

Sale: CNG 75, Lot: 2492. Estimate $200. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 23 May 2007. 
Sold For $250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Rollin & Feuardent. Médailles Grecques et Romaines, Françaises et Etrangères (H. Hoffmann). (Paris). 2-11 May 1898. Engraved portrait frontispiece, 2892 lots, 11 photographic plates. One of the finest private collections of the 19th century. Occasional hand-written Prices Realized. Later fine quality black half leather with marbled boards, raised bands and gilt spine title, original “crocodile” texture printed card covers bound in. Very Fine condition.

Charles-Louis Rollin (1777-1853) of Paris issued his first price list of coins in 1811 and was one of the earliest full-time coin dealers in France, if not in Europe. The business was continued by his son Camille, who took on Felix Feuardent as a partner in 1859. Feuardent died in 1907, and after 1910 the firm became Feuardent Freres. See lot 2537 for the sale of Charles-Louis Rollin’s collection by Sotheby and Wilkinson in 1853. Jean Henri Hoffmann was himself a prominent Paris coin dealer, producing numerous auction catalogues and price lists between 1854 and 1882.