David Queller, 93, noted pattern and dollar collector, died Dec. 24, 2014.
Mr. Queller is probably best known for owning the
Mickley-Hawn-Queller specimen of the 1804 Draped Bust dollar. Heritage
Auctions sold the coin in an April 17, 2008, auction for $3,737,500.
Mr. Queller is survived by his wife of 67 years, Libbie, plus four
children and nine grandchildren. Services were held Dec. 28 in New Jersey.
As a boy, Mr. Queller collected first day covers of inaugural postal
routes. In 1967, after taking his family to Israel shortly after the
Six Day War ended, he began collecting medals, according to a tribute
published online at Heritage Auctions website www.HA.com (click on
U.S. coins at the far right of the home page).
“He collected every denomination, business and Proof strikes,
patterns and commemoratives,” according to Heritage’s tribute.
Mr. Queller also put together another collection, the Lemus
Collection of patterns, named for his wife, Libbie Lemus. The
collection included the 1792 Silver Center cent.
Mr. Queller was born June 27, 1921, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and worked in
his father’s hardware store along with many other jobs.
When the United States entered World War II, Mr. Queller attended
U.S. naval officer training school and spent the war studying
engineering at Columbia University, Denison University, and the
University of New Mexico.
“When the war ended, he declined the opportunity to become an
officer and instead headed home to Brooklyn. There, he began to
formulate a business plan that would allow him to take the foundation
of his father’s retail hardware store and transform it into a
wholesale warehouse supplying the postwar economy of New York with
high-quality industrial tools,” according to the Heritage tribute.
Mr. Queller retired in 1997 and moved to Boca Raton, Fla