The Twin Leaf Collection of large cents to be offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in July includes a nearly complete set by Newcomb number as attributed by Howard Newcomb in United States Copper Cents 1816-1857.
More than 50 Proof Middle Date and Late Date large cents, from 1817 through 1857, are offered in the auction, along with more than 150 coins with provenance that they were once in the collection of numismatist Roy E. “Ted” Naftzger Jr.
The Middle Dates reflect large cents dated from 1816 to 1839 and the Late Dates from 1840 through 1857. Large cents dated 1793 through 1814 are considered Early Dates.
The Twin Leaf Collection is being offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in its sale to be held in conjunction July 16 to 19 with the Whitman Baltimore Expo.
According to Stack’s Bowers, the Twin Leaf Collection is consigned by the same collector who amassed The 1853 Collection of gold and silver coins, which reflected the collector’s affinity for U.S. coins from 1853.
The owner’s building of The 1853 Collection — which contained no large cents and was sold at auction by Stack’s Bowers Galleries Oct. 30, 2014 — eventually led the collector to build the Twin Leaf Collection.
Among the highlights of the Twin Leaf Collection:
➤ An 1825 Coronet cent, Newcomb 5, considered the key variety to Middle Date large cents, tied for the finest among eight examples publicly known, Professional Coin Grading Service Very Fine Details, Environmental Damage
➤ A PCGS Proof 65 brown 1834 Coronet cent, N-3, struck from the same pair of dies used to strike cents that were included in a Proof set diplomatically presented to the King of Siam.
➤ A PCGS Proof 65 red 1852 Coronet cent, once part of the famed F.C.C. Boyd Collection, and the finest of three known examples positively identified as Proof strikes.