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A Complete Set, Many ex Jim Ruddy

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A Complete Set, Many ex Jim Ruddy
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Empire Coin Company. EMPIRE TOPICS. Nos. 1-11. Johnson City, 1958-60. [with] THE BOWERS REVIEW. Nos. 1-2 [12-13]. Binghamton, 1960-61. [with] THE EMPIRE REVIEW. Nos. 14-19. Binghamton & Johnson City, 1961-64. Nineteen issues, complete. 8vo, all in the original printed paper covers as issued. Ten issues are Jim Ruddy's desk copies [Empire Topics Nos. 1, 5, 7, 8 and 10; Empire Review Nos. 14-18], signed or initialed by Jim Ruddy, with handwritten note affixed to first issue. Ruddy's copy of the second Coins of Great Britain catalogue also included. Very good to fine. A complete set of the forerunner of the Rare Coin Review. The "Empire" series ceased publication shortly before Bowers and Ruddy joined forces with other coin dealerships and individuals in 1965 to form Paramount International Coin Corporation, the first publicly owned American coin firm. While the earlier issues tend to be the best-produced, the entire series is filled with interesting and informative commentary. Ten of these are Jim Ruddy's desk copies, and are marked as such. The Ruddy copies are ex Money Tree Sale 26, lot 391; ex Kolbe & Fanning Sale 121, lot 968. Ex Michael Spurlock library.