One of four original 1861 Confederate States of America half dollars, a 1792 Birch cent and one of fewer than 15 known 1792 Silver Center cents will be offered in March by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in conjunction with the Whitman Baltimore Expo.
The extensive collection of Massachusetts silver coinage, Colonial and early federal coinage, and Civil War issues is sold on behalf of and under the name of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, an American philanthropic enterprise that has been focused on environmental issues for more than 50 years.
None of the coins in the collection is graded and encapsulated by a third-party grading service yet, according to Stack’s Bowers officials.
Mostly assembled from the late 1950s through the 1990s, with a few notable additions within the last 15 years, the Kendall Collection features many coins with famous provenances, including pedigrees to Charles Bushnell, Lorin G. Parmelee, Matthew A. Stickney, John Story Jenks, the Garrett family, and John J. Ford Jr. among others, according to Stack's Bowers.
Many coins in the Kendall Collection have not been offered publicly in a century, if ever, according to Stack’s Bowers officials.
Confederate half dollar
An abiding interest in the history of the American South also inspired a focus on the coinage of the Confederacy for the Kendall Collection.
The 1861 Confederate States of America half dollar, one of just four original examples struck, will be sold publicly for the first time after having been a part of the cabinet since its acquisition from noted dealer Lester Merkin in 1971.
A rare original 1861 Confederate States of America cent will also be offered, along with circa 1874 restrikes by John Haseltine. These Confederate rarities are counterbalanced by three examples of the extremely rare Union 1864 Colored Troops Army of the James medal, commissioned by Gen. Benjamin Butler to be awarded to African-American soldiers distinguished by their bravery in the attack on Newmarket Heights.