Prolific numismatic author Q. David Bowers is researching and developing two books to be written chronicling the Pogue family collection of United States coins.
Officials of Stack’s Bowers Galleries will publish the two numismatic references. Stack’s Bowers officials announced June 13 the firm will auction the Pogue Collection in a series of auctions in New York City to be conducted over the next several years, beginning sometime in 2015.
The collection is touted by the auction firm as “the most valuable collection of federal American coins ever formed.”
Assembled over more than three decades by Dallas real estate magnate A. Mack Pogue and his son, D. Brent Pogue, the collection focuses on copper, silver and gold coins from the early 1790s to the late 1830s, with many finest known coins.
Among the coins in the collection are two Class I, original 1804 Draped Bust dollars; the finest known regular strike 1795 Flowing Hair, Three Leaves dollar; and an 1822 Capped Head $5 gold half eagle and 1854-S Coronet half eagle, both of which have been off the market since 1982.
The two gold coins were last sold at auction in the Bowers and Ruddy Galleries Inc. sale Oct. 27 to 29, 1982, of The United States Gold Coin Collection, the anonymous name given to the holdings of renowned Baltimore numismatist Louis E. Eliasburg Sr.
Christine Karstedt, executive vice president of consignments for Stack’s Bowers Galleries, says there will be multiple educational opportunities associated with the Pogue Collection, including exhibits at major coin shows and conventions.
Overflowing with rarities
The Class I original 1804 Draped Bust silver dollars contained in the Pogue Collection are the Childs coin and the Dexter-Dunham coin.
The Walter H. Childs Class I 1804 dollar, graded Proof 68 by Professional Coin Grading Service, brought a record $4.14 million when Childs’ collection was sold Aug. 30, 1999, by Auctions by Bowers and Merena Inc. The coin is believed to be the example delivered as a diplomatic gesture to the Sultan of Muscat on Oct. 1, 1835, as part of a presentation set of United States coins.