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Roman Republic. P. Cornelius Lentulus Marcellinus. 50 BC. AR Denarius. Rome. Bare head of M. Claudius Marcellus right; triskeles to left, MARCELLINVS / M. Claudius Marcellus advancing right, carrying trophy into tetrastyle temple, MARCELLVS - COS · QVINQ. 19mm, 3.82 g. Crawford 439/1. Ex Harry Strickhausen Collection (Triton IX, 10 January 2006), lot 1312; Dr. John A. Sawhill Collection/James Madison University Foundation (Stack's, 15 March 1979), lot 539; Reinhold Faelten Collection (Stack's 20 January 1938, Lot 1046).

Inspired by numerous friends annoyingly sharing their old and coveted provenances I've recently been giving it my all to find some of my own. The idea of sifting through old catalogues and hoping that something can be found sounds very boring. However, I've actually had tons of fun looking at old sales, their hammers and rare coins that just are not offered in trade anymore. Last week as I was going through old Stack's catalogues when I noticed in the corner of my eye a familiar piece:


Needless to say I'm quite proud at having rediscovered the 1938 sale and the name of the previous owner. Despite it already having a very nice provenance in my opinion. Please feel free to post your own rediscovered provenances, preferably with a picture from the old catalogue!


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7 minutes ago, Phil Davis said:

Congrats! Wonderful provenance. Falten was a really first rate collection, with one of the worst catalogues ever produced. I eventually got rid of my copy, because it hurt my eyes to look at it.

I was a little disappointed with the lack of information about Falten himself, would have been interesting learn more about him.

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3 hours ago, zadie said:

I was a little disappointed with the lack of information about Falten himself, would have been interesting learn more about him.

There's a little bit out there, including an obit for his wife: https://www.google.com/search?q=Reinhold+Faelten&rlz=1C1GCEU_enUS821US821&oq=Reinhold+Faelten&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160.26014j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#ip=1

I'm sure the search could be refined to yield more about Reinhold.

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@zadie, here are a few interesting tidbits about Mr. Faelten, in reverse chronological order:


New York Sun, Jan. 8, 1938:


Boston Globe, June 17, 1932. Cradle-robber!


Mr. Faelten's previous (second) wife, d. 1921:


1910 US Passport application. Born Ilmenau, Thuringia, Germany, immigrated 1883.


Naturalization, 1906.



Articles re Mr. Faelten's 1895 divorce from his first wife, Annie Worsing Faelten:

The New York World, April 25, 1895:


The New York Sun, March 25, 1895:


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