2015 was an important year for rare coin auctions. Hundreds of named
collections were sold at auction houses, but three stood out from the
crowd. Selections from the amazing collection of Texas businessman D.
Brent Pogue were offered at two Stack’s Bowers/Sotheby’s auctions in
2015, realizing more than $50 million. At Heritage, 2015 saw the
conclusion of the Gene Gardner auctions, which exceeded $53 million,
and the Donald G. Partrick Collection, which brought nearly $26
million at the 2015 Florida United Numismatists show. Here are three
rarities from these collections.
1792 Pattern copper quarter dollar, MS-63 brown CAC
The roughly 350 coins in the Donald G. Partrick Collection
represented one of the greatest collections of Colonial coins and
coins from the first years of the Philadelphia Mint to come to market.
This 1792 pattern quarter dollar in copper graded Mint State 63 brown
by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. is the only copper example available to
collectors. The other one, graded in the catalog as About Uncirculated
50, is in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.
The Partrick Collection also included other key 1792 pattern coins,
two of only four known silver Continental dollars and an original 1861
Confederate half dollar graded Proof 30 that can be traced back to CSA
President Jefferson Davis. While future sales of Partrick’s collection
were planned in 2015 and 2016, the consignor decided he was in no
hurry to sell, postponing these auctions for an unknown future date.
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