By Klaus Schippmann
30-страничное эссе на английском языке, посвященное малоосвещенной теме в нумизматике - античным монетам государств Южной Аравии - минейцев, сабейев, катабанцев. В конце эссе - фототаблица с монетами.
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This may also account for the peculiar mixed quality of the sets of 1827-1867 inclusive in the Joseph J. Mickley auction of 1867, which (like Stickney's group) lacked numerous examples of which proofs are today known to exist. In some instances the sets might have been assembled later rather than being "original sets," obtained "as is" from the mint, but of this there is no proof. Similarly with the sets in the Lorin G. Parmelee collection, sold in 1890, and in this case some of them are known to have been assembled.
In any event, the earliest proof sets intended for diplomatic or other presentation, from about 1820 on, were presumably made up pursuant to verbal orders, as no correspondence about them survives. The triumphal return of the Marquis de Lafayette to America might have occasioned the presentation of several of them to him and his retinue — even as with other historical events of the period, important then at least locally, but forgotten today, such as the Washington Centenary of 1832, the Declaration of Independence jubilee in 1826, Constitutional Convention jubilee 1837-39, etc.
And anomalies do occur even in the twentieth century. Without even going into the question of the notorious "Special Mint Sets" from San Francisco, there are the first issue proofs of 1936, which are often hard to distinguish from uncirculated coins, especially if tarnished or if allowed to knock against other coins; and I once owned a 1909 plain Lincoln cent, obv. perfect matte proof, rev. uncirculated with mint bloom — really another mint error. Though true proofs, in the technical sense of coins medallically made, appear to date back only to 1817 at the Philadelphia Mint, there are controversial earlier coins dating back to 1792.
Ancient South Arabia: From the Queen of Sheba to the Advent of Islam by Klaus Schippmann