What is billed as the Lord St. Oswald-Norweb 1794 Flowing Hair silver
dollar will be made publicly available for the first time since 1988,
when Stack’s Bowers Galleries offers the high-grade coin during
its August 2017 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money
Auction in Denver.
The coin was last sold at public auction in November 1988 in Bowers
and Merena’s auction of the Norweb Collection.
The silver dollar is now graded Mint State 64 by Professional Coin
Grading Service. It shares some of its history and pedigree with
another, even higher grade example sold in recent years.
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As a press release from Stack’s Bowers states, “This incredible
specimen has a fascinating but familiar story coming just two years
after the sale of its sibling, the MS-66+ (PCGS) Lord St.
Oswald-Ostheimer example, in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries D. Brent
Pogue Collection, Part II sale. In that May 2015 auction, the Pogue
counterpart realized an astounding $4,993,750, including the buyer’s premium.”
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Stack’s Bowers adds, “These two 1794 silver dollars remained
together for the first 170 years of their existence, until they were
offered as part of the Lord St. Oswald cabinet by Christie’s in 1964.
The pair had been obtained by English gentleman farmer William
Strickland on his tour of the young United States from September 20,
1794 to July 29, 1795. During his visit, Strickland journeyed
throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic, even meeting with Thomas
Jefferson at Monticello and with then-President George Washington at
Mount Vernon. The two 1794 silver dollars were among a diverse group
of 84 federal and pre-federal coins gathered during his 10 months in
America. Centuries later, those two souvenirs would immortalize the
legacy of William Strickland and his descendants through the Lord St.
The firm continued, “The near-Gem Lord St. Oswald-Norweb specimen is
among the finest survivors of America’s first silver dollar coinage
and is one of the great treasures of U.S. numismatics. The surfaces
are impeccably preserved and lustrous, with just gentle traces of
planchet adjustment at the obverse border. The coin exhibits strong
peripheral definition for the issue, with considerable pronouncement
to the left obverse stars and corresponding legend on the reverse.
Ranked as fourth finest in the Condition Census and third finest among
Mint State examples seen by PCGS, this is a significant world-class rarity.”
Contact Stack’s Bowers Galleries here.