4 Coin Collections That Made History in Auctions

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A few coin collections have made history at auction because they are so rare, full, or important to history. Here are four cases that stand out:  

The D. Brent Pogue Collection was one of the most extensive and important early American coin collections, gathered by the Pogue family over several decades.  

The D. Brent Pogue Collection 

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The collection contained rare and high-quality colonial, federal, and early American coins including the 1804 Draped Bust dollar and 1792 Birch penny.   

Over multiple generations, the Garrett family collected coins from ancient times to the present. Its enormous collection of rare and high-grade U.S. coins was famous.   

The Garrett Collection 

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The Garrett Collection broke many records for coin and collection prices in Bowers and Merena Galleries auctions between 1979 and 1981.  

The Eliasberg Collection, curated by wealthy financier Louis E. Eliasberg Sr., was considered the most complete US coin collection.   

The Louis E. Eliasberg Sr. Collection 

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Every regular-issue U.S. coin from 1793 to 1957 was in the collection, including several rare and exceptional specimens.   

The Bass Collection, curated by Texas industrialist and philanthropist Harry W. Bass Jr., was known for its abundance of U.S. gold, pattern, and early American coins.   

The Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection 

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Many rare and uncommon items were in the collection, including the 1838-O Capped Bust and 1853-O No Arrows Seated Liberty half dollars.   

These coin collections set records for the highest coin prices and helped shape numismatics and preserve US monetary history.  


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