It’s going to be a banner year for Colonial collectors.
Many folks thought 2014 would be tough to top, with many of Eric P.
Newman’s Colonial coins hitting the market in May and November
auctions after being off the market for decades, but the exciting news
of the sale of two old-time cabinets has Colonial collectors ready for more.
First on the auction calendar is Part One of the collection of
Donald G. Partrick, a longtime colonial enthusiast who was a
dominating bidder at many of the marquee auctions of the 1970s and
1980s. Partrick acquired many of the great rarities sold at the sales
of the Garrett Collection and Roper Collection, in 1979 to 1980 and
1983, respectively, including the unique THE WHEELE GOES ROUND Higley
copper, the finest known Birch copper cent, and more. Partrick
continued adding to his world-class assemblage through the sales of
the John Ford Collection.
The first offering of Partrick coins, including his Massachusetts
silver, Higley coppers, 1792 patterns and Vermont coppers, will be
offered by Heritage Auctions in January at the Florida United
Numismatists show in Orlando.
The announcement at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore of the Partrick
sale follows word that an advanced collection formed by an anonymous
collector will be sold by Stacks Bowers Galleries in March 2015. Sold
as the Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection, the sale will include
the largest offering of Massachusetts silver coins ever sold, along
with other Colonial-era rarities acquired primarily in the 1960s and 1970s.
Guided by Lester Merkin and beginning in earnest at the legendary
1966 C.H. Stearns sale, the Kendall Foundation Collection placed the
final jewel in its crown by acquiring the only Willow Tree threepence
in private hands at the 2006 sale of John Ford’s Massachusetts silver
coins. The Kendall Foundation Collection focused on Massachusetts
silver coinage, setting a record that stood for years when $75,000 was
bid for the Garrett New England sixpence in 1980. Other rarities,
including several 1792 patterns, Sommers Island Hogge money, a George
Clinton copper, and more will also be offered.
What will Colonial collectors do when an even dozen NE shillings are
sold in just over two months’ time? What about a pair of 1792 Silver
Center cents, three 1792 Birch cents, eight Higley coppers, three
Chalmers sixpences, along with more Willow Tree shillings and other
Massachusetts silver coins than anyone’s ever seen in such a short time?
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