Editor's note: The following post is one in a series on the
Heritage Auctions sale of the Donald G. Partrick Collection at
January's Florida United Numismatists show in Orlando.
offering of 357 lots from the Donald G. Partrick Collection of extraordinary
colonial U.S. coins and 1792 pattern coins on Jan. 8 at the Florida United
Numismatists show in Orlando is important.
The collection has numerous strengths including 1792 pattern coins,
Continental dollars, early Massachusetts silver coins, Lord Baltimore
and Maryland coinage, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont coins, as
well as more esoteric pieces including multiple important examples of
Confederate States of America coinage.
To put the 1792 pattern coins into perspective, the Partrick
Collection has 12, and that number exceeds the number in great
collections including the Garrett Collection, the Norweb sales, and
surpasses the seven examples in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian
Institution. A dozen 1776 Continental dollars including two of the
four-known silver examples are included, and many of the pieces have
been off the market for more than a generation.
Heritage plans to offer more selections from the Partrick Collection
in conjunction with the 2015 and 2016 American
Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money auctions as well as
the 2016 FUN show in Tampa.
Don Partrick, the collector
In the catalog’s opening essay, dealer Jon Hanson recalls that he
met Partrick while manning the New Netherlands Coin Company bourse
table at the fall 1966 Great Eastern Numismatic Association coin show.
He writes, “Don was interested in early American and colonial coinage
and sought someone knowledgeable in these fields that would take the
time to answer questions, find nice coins … teach old school
conservative grading, and generally assist in building a decent
collection of coins.” Over time their relationship grew. Hanson said,
“what a journey — buying, owning and handling great colonial coins for
a collector who would listen and wanted to learn.”
Partrick benefited by the great collections coming to market as he
was actively collecting, including Taylor, Roper, Garrett, Norweb and
eventually John J. Ford’s massive holdings. Partrick took advantage of
these offerings to upgrade his collection, resulting in what Hanson
and Heritage both consider as arguably the finest collection of
American Colonial coins ever to be auctioned. Reflecting on his nearly
50 years working with Partrick, Hanson wrote, “Coins were truly one of
his great passions.”
Catalog editors Maureen and Stuart Levine consider it the finest
cabinet of Colonial coins ever assembled and said that the coins are a
testament to Partrick’s “tireless quest to obtain the best examples of
Read the rest of the Partrick collection series:
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