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    Nitrate Token Collection including Interesting Older Issues, Yudelevich and Elwin Leslie authored the definitive reference on this series, as published by ANS in 1980, under the title Chilean Nitrate Mine and Related Tokens. The actual collection shown and illustrated in that booklet sold for $8812 in our April 2013 CICF sale after achieving wide acclaim for its depth of completeness. We are now able to present the second portion of that collection, admittedly less organized or focused, but nonetheless with exalted merit. Composed of approximately 323 pieces, it is still an impressive 5/8 the size of that earlier group and it is supposed to contain only 10% duplication within its ranks. About ¾ are individually enveloped and only about 15% are unattributed. As was the case with the earlier Yudelevich group, there are many of the typical vulcanite style mixed with hard-metal pieces in brass or copper. Based on the collector's own notes, this group is comprised of what he was able to collect prior to purchasing the intact Yudelevich collection, plus being later augmented with new items which he believed were either omitted within that volume or  within his initial collection attempt. The transition date is uncertain to us but was about 22 years ago; the dealer who brokered the transaction was the acclaimed R. C. Soxman, the leading token specialist of that era and earlier. Thus we feel reasonably certain that a significant number of these pieces are very scarce to rare; note that that factor was not considered in choosing the pieces pictured online. Quality is likely typical for the types and eras; attribution is tentative and not guaranteed as similarity to some Peruvian and Bolivian issues makes it difficult to separate them. A small group of interesting tokens from this assemblage are pictured online. (Sold as is, NO RETURN.)

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    Sep-Oct, 2013
    25th-1st Wednesday-Tuesday
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