Heritage is featuring selections from the Dr.
John Y. Harper, Jr. Collection in their March
8-11 US Coin Signature Auction, to be held in New York City. The
offerings from this collection feature dozens of quality coins that
are available to others for the first time in decades.
Dr. John Y. Harper, Jr. is a practicing opthamologist who has been
an active collector since the mid-1970s. A frequent customer of Steve
Ivy Numismatic Auctions (a predecessor firm of Heritage), he became
known as "the guy with the microscope" for carrying his
preferred accessory with him to auction lot viewing. As he refined his
collecting sensibilities, he honed in on US coins that were, in his
words, "interesting or important."
Early coins are a strength of this collection. Dr. Harper's most
famous coin is his 1795
Jefferson Head cent, VF25 NGC, acquired from Denis W. Loring in
1981 and formerly of the Garrett Collection. Another 18th century
coin, his Fine Details example of the 1792
half disme, is similarly important. His collection contains more
than just early coins, however; a 20th century highlight is his 1942/1
dime, graded MS65 Full Bands by PCGS and certified in a slim
collection and the rest of the outstanding coins in the New York
Signature Auction are open for bidding now at HA.com/1168.