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The William Cutler Atwater Collection

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The marvelous collection of William Cutler Atwater, sold by B. Max Mehl at mail bid auction on June 11, 1946, was one of the most important sales of the first half of the 20th century. Atwater’s collection was nearly complete for all U.S. coins from 1793 to 1920, missing only a few of the greatest rarities. However, Atwater had rarities of his own, including not one, but two, 1804 Silver Dollars, Proof-only examples of the 1884 and 1885 Trade Dollars, the 1838-O Half Dollar, an 1876-CC Twenty-Cent piece, and many others. All told, the sale contained just over 2,400 lots, which sold for a total of $153,514.60. While today, you could hardly touch a single rarity for that amount, at the time, it was the largest sum ever realized for a coin collection sold at auction in the United States. Ever the showman, B. Max Mehl added, “And as far as I know in the world.”

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Cover 1
Image of William Cutler Atwater 2
Copyright information 3
Foreword 4
Foreword, continued 5
Terms of Sale 6
Special notice 7
Introduction to Part I 8
Introduction to Part II 9
Colonial Coins 11
Colonial Coins 12
Large Cents 13
Large Cents 14
Large Cents 15
Large Cents 16
Large Cents 17
Large Cents 18
Large Cents 19
Large Cents 20
Half Cents 21
Half Cents 22
Half Cents 23
Half Cents 24
Half Cents 25
Introduction to Part II 27
Introduction to Part II, continued 28
Silver Dollars 29
Silver Dollars 30
Silver Dollars 31
Silver Dollars 32
Silver Dollars 33
1804 Silver Dollar 34
1804 Silver Dollar 35
1804 Silver Dollar 36
1804 Silver Dollar 37
1804 Silver Dollar / Gobrecht Dollars 38
Silver Dollars 39
Silver Dollars 40
Silver Dollars 41
Silver Dollars 42
Silver Dollars 43
Silver Dollars 44
Silver Dollars 45
Silver Dollars 46
Silver Dollars 47
Silver Dollars 48
Silver Dollars 49
Silver Dollars 50
Silver Dollars 51
Silver Dollars 52
Silver Dollars 53
Silver Dollars 54
Silver Dollars 55
Silver Dollars 56
Half Dollars 57
Half Dollars 58
Half Dollars 59
Half Dollars 60
Half Dollars 61
Half Dollars 62
Half Dollars 63
Half Dollars 64
Half Dollars 65
Half Dollars 66
Half Dollars 67
Half Dollars 68
Half Dollars 69
Half Dollars 70
Half Dollars 71
Half Dollars 72
Half Dollars 73
Half Dollars 74
Half Dollars 75
Quarter Dollars 76
Quarter Dollars 77
Quarter Dollars 78
Quarter Dollars 79
Quarter Dollars 80
Quarter Dollars 81
Quarter Dollars 82
Quarter Dollars 83
Quarter Dollars 84
Quarter Dollars 85
Quarter Dollars 86
Quarter Dollars 87
Quarter Dollars 88
Quarter Dollars 89
Quarter Dollars 90
Quarter Dollars 91
Twenty-Cent Pieces 92
Dimes 93
Dimes 94
Dimes 95
Dimes 96
Dimes 97
Dimes 98
Dimes 99
Dimes 100
Dimes 101
Dimes 102
Dimes 103
Half Dimes 104
Half Dimes 105
Half Dimes 106
Half Dimes 107
Half Dimes 108
Half Dimes 109
Half Dimes 110
Three Cents - Silver 111
Introduction to Part III 113
Introduction to Part III, continued 114
Double Eagles 115
Double Eagles 116
Double Eagles 117
Double Eagles 118
Double Eagles 119
Double Eagles 120
Double Eagles 121
Double Eagles 122
Double Eagles 123
Double Eagles 124
Double Eagles 125
Double Eagles 126
Eagles 127
Eagles 128
Eagles 129
Eagles 130
Eagles 131
Eagles 132
Eagles 133
Eagles 134
Eagles 135
Eagles 136
Eagles 137
Eagles 138
Eagles 139
Half Eagles 140
Half Eagles 141
Half Eagles 142
Half Eagles 143
Half Eagles 144
Half Eagles 145
Half Eagles 146
Half Eagles 147
Half Eagles 148
Half Eagles 149
Half Eagles 150
Half Eagles 151
Half Eagles 152
Half Eagles 153
Half Eagles 154
Half Eagles 155
Half Eagles 156
Half Eagles 157
Half Eagles 158
Half Eagles 159
Half Eagles 160
Half Eagles 161
Half Eagles 162
Half Eagles 163
Half Eagles / $4 Stellas 164
$3 Gold 165
$3 Gold 166
$3 Gold 167
$3 Gold 168
Quarter Eagles 169
Quarter Eagles 170
Quarter Eagles 171
Quarter Eagles 172
Quarter Eagles 173
Quarter Eagles 174
Quarter Eagles 175
Quarter Eagles 176
Quarter Eagles 177
Quarter Eagles 178
Quarter Eagles 179
Quarter Eagles 180
Quarter Eagles 181
Gold Dollars 182
Gold Dollars 183
Gold Dollars 184
Gold Dollars 185
Gold Dollars 186
Gold Dollars 187
Gold Dollars 188
Gold Dollars 189
Nickels 193
Nickels 194
Nickels / Three Cents (Nickel) 195
Three Cents (Nickel) / Two Cents 196
Small Cents 197
Small Cents / Miscellaneous Lots 198
Miscellaneous Lots 199