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University Library Acquires Mamluk Coin Collection

The Friends of Princeton University Library purchased the Richard Undeland Collection of Mamluk coins for the library’s Numismatic Collection, the oldest numismatic collection in the United States. Assembled by Richard E. Undeland, a U.S. Foreign Service officer who spent the majority of his 35-year career in the Middle East, the collection was sold to the library following Undeland’s death in 2012 by his wife, Joan. Alan Stahl, the library’s Curator of Numismatics, noted that “Undeland was very careful to get coins not only from every sultan, but also from very mint.” For more information please check out the Rare Books and Special Collections announcement and the Times of Trenton article from November 12, 2013.