What is being billed as "the finest collection of colonial
American coins ever assembled" is heading to auction, the first
sale scheduled for January 2015 in Orlando, Fla.
Heritage Auctions has
announced that it will offer the Donald G. Partrick Collection of
Extraordinary United States Colonials, beginning with Part I at this
coming January’s Florida United Numismatists convention auction, set
for Jan. 7 to 10.
Other sales are planned in conjunction with the 2015 and 2016
American Numismatic Association conventions and the 2016 FUN convention.
“This series of auctions is unprecedented in numismatics,” said Jim
Halperin, co-founder of Heritage Auctions. “This is an incredible
grouping of coins, the likes of which we won’t see again.”
“The name of Donald Groves Partrick is well known to colonial
collectors and his cabinet is second to none in the field,” said Mark
Borckardt, senior cataloger for Heritage Auctions. “His collection
also includes an unprecedented assemblage of 1792 U.S. Mint Patterns
and coinage of the Confederacy.”
Part I of the collection includes 12 U.S. Mint patterns of 1792, a
total that far exceeds the nine examples in the Garrett Collection
auctions, the eight examples in the Norweb Collection sales, and the
seven examples held in the Smithsonian Institution.
Also included in Part I are 12 Continental dollars, including two of
the four known silver examples. A third will be offered in a later auction.
Massachusetts silver is represented in the first sale by six NE
shillings, five Willow Tree pieces, 40 Oak Tree coins and more than 50
Pine Tree coins, while seven Higley coppers in the collection include
six different varieties, among which is the famous and unique “WHEELE
GOES ROUND” copper. Maryland collectors will be intrigued by the
offering of 10 Lord Baltimore coins, six Chalmers pieces and a
Standish Barry threepence.
One of the most fascinating sections of the first sale is the nearly
30-strong grouping of New York coppers, including five Confederatio
coppers and 11 Immune or Immunis Columbia coppers. Future auctions
will offer, according to Heritage: "additional New York pieces,
including two Brasher doubloons, one of the New York variety (the
finest known, ex Garrett) and one of the Lima variety; Don Partrick’s
incredible Connecticut and New Jersey coppers; and amazing Washingtonia."
The unique 1776 Janus copper in the upcoming Part I sale highlights
the Massachusetts copper section, along with an associated Paul Revere
token. Massachusetts coppers of 1787 and 1788 include 37 of the 50
known die varieties, while almost 100 Vermont coppers will be offered
in Part I, including examples and duplicates of every known die variety.
Coinage of the Confederate states includes one of the four known
original Confederate half dollars, pedigreed to Jefferson Davis. A
“Jefferson Davis dime” is also pedigreed to the Confederate president.