Crosby pedigree for Willow Tree shilling provides link to pioneering researcher

Heritage offers early American coins from Donald Partrick Collection
By , Coin World
Published : 12/16/14
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In virtually every speciality collecting area of U.S. numismatics, one reference book often stands out as being the standard that other references in the same field can only hope to emulate.

And then there's the numismatic reference that has remained as important, as useful and as relevant as it was when Ulysses S. Grant was president of the United States and the nation was less than a century old — Sylvester S. Crosby's The Early Coins of America.

Crosby's monumental reference, published in serial format from 1873 to 1875, is the seminal book in the field of pre-U.S. Mint coinage in what became the United States. Q. David Bowers, writing in his own Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins, said of Crosby's book in 2009, "Today this book is still the foundation for any numismatic library on the subject."

Crosby was a pioneering giant in numismatic research. He poured over original documents from the archives of the original Colonies, and probably studied thousands of coins over a lifetime as he charted die marriages in more than a dozen series.

For a collector of pre-1792 American coinage (the year the United States Mint was founded), then, what could be more enjoyable than owning a coin that Crosby himself once owned?

Heritage Auctions' upcoming sale of coins from the Donald G. Partrick Collection afford collectors that opportunity.


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