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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to Present Further Rarities from the D. Brent Pogue Collection in March 2020 Baltimore Auction

Santa Ana, CA – Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce Part VI and Part VII of the now-legendary D. Brent Pogue Collection. The Pogue Collection will forever be known as an incredible assembly of the very finest early American coins from 1792 through the 1830s. The five sales already completed featured this portion of the collection, almost to completion, with notable additions such as the fabulous collection of $3 gold coins. Those apparent outliers were a foreshadowing of the upcoming sale scheduled for March 18-20, 2020, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Part VI of the D. Brent Pogue Collection will showcase his marvelous paper money collection comprising approximately 230 notes encompassing the areas of Large Size Type Notes, Small Size Type Notes, and National Currency. The collection was assembled with an appreciation for Serial Number 1 Notes and rare “Star” Replacement Notes. Some of the major highlights in this sale are an outstanding $100 “Baby Watermelon Note” and two remarkable First Charter National Currency Notes from the First National Bank of Lincoln, Illinois, Ch. #2126; the pair is made up of a Serial Number 1 Fr.449 1875 $50 and a Serial Number 1 Fr.462 1875 $100, representing the only First Charter Serial Number 1 $50 and $100 Notes known to exist. Other features include an Fr.167a 1863 $100 Legal Tender Note, Fr. 376 1891 $50 Treasury Note, Fr.377 1890 $100 Treasury Note, and a high-end “Spread Eagle” 1863 $100 Legal Tender Note.

Part VII of the D. Brent Pogue Collection continues with other coin series which Brent collected quietly for his own enjoyment. This sale presents these areas of interest and displays far more diversity than has come to be expected from this collection. It is an exciting opportunity for collectors who desire this important American provenance but found many Pogue coins financially out of reach. This sale includes pieces worth anywhere from hundreds of dollars to millions—truly something for everyone! Still, the one guiding principle that will be evident in this presentation, as it was in prior Pogue offerings, is a commitment to quality.

Rare American historic medals make a small appearance, led by a pair of prized Libertas Americana Medals, one in silver and one in bronze. The inclusion of these in the Pogue Collection points to an appreciation of history and medallic art as well as pure numismatics.

The coins range widely from small selections of superb half cents, led by a Red and Brown 1796 With Pole in MS66, to small cents including affordable classics such as a 1909-S V.D.B. Cent graded PCGS MS66RB. Even a modern 1960 Small Date Cent graded PCGS MS67RD is included! These are the beginnings of a basic type set, and representatives of many denominations are included. Thus, two-cent and three-cent pieces, half dimes, nickels, dimes and 20-cent pieces follow. In each category, classic rarities will be found, as will basic type coins such as 1916 Dimes, both Philadelphia and Denver issues in superb condition.

With United States quarters, the dynamic changes, as this was clearly a Pogue favorite. Following a small selection of Liberty Seated pieces comes one of the most fabulous collections of Barber coins ever seen, truly special for its extraordinary quality as well as its aesthetic appeal. The collection is visually stunning, loaded with magnificent rarities, and even includes the occasional duplicate; there are two examples of the 1901-S, one PCGS MS66+ and one PCGS MS67+.

The offering of Standing Liberty Quarters is extensive, though not quite complete, and includes coins in a wide range of value from a 1929-S in PCGS MS66+ to the famous 1918/7-S overdate in PCGS MS65. Washington Quarters follow, with a collection that, like the Barber Quarters, is visually impressive and of exceptional quality, with spectacular toning found throughout. All are graded by PCGS and with rare exceptions are ranked as MS66 or MS67.

For half dollars and dollars, partial type sets feature high-quality coins, examples of which run the gamut from a 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollar in PCGS MS66+ to an 1804 Draped Bust Dollar. “An 1804 Silver Dollar?” one might ask with surprise. YES! The Pogue Collection included three examples of this most famous American coin. In this sale, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to once again offer the famous Garrett specimen of this American treasure! As famous as this coin is, it is but one of the highlights of this landmark sale.

Gold coins deliver even more important properties, with small selections of each denomination from gold dollars to double eagles. These begin with an 1849 Gold Dollar graded PCGS MS67, and close with a 1927-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle graded PCGS MS67. In between there are quarter eagles (including an 1841 Little Princess graded Proof-64 Cameo), a $3 piece (an 1878 graded PCGS MS67), a $4 piece (an 1879 Flowing Hair graded PCGS PR66 Cameo), $5 coins (including a 1911-S in PCGS MS66) and both the Wire Rim and Rolled Rim Indian Eagles, each graded PCGS MS67. With all this, the highlight is yet to be mentioned!

1854-S Liberty Head Half Eagle obverse
1854-S Liberty Head Half Eagle reverse

Finest Known 1854-S Liberty Head Half Eagle, PCGS AU58+ CAC, The Rarest Liberty Head Gold Coin, Ex Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Click images to enlarge.

One of D. Brent Pogue’s most prized accomplishments was his complete set of 1854-S gold coins. Like the rest of this sale, even this group represents great diversity in value, ranging from the 1854-S $10 in PCGS AU58, to one of the rarest coins in the entire American series, the finest-known example of the legendary 1854-S Half Eagle! From the first Pogue sale to today, THIS is the coin many have been waiting to see, and it will not disappoint! It is stunningly attractive and graded PCGS AU58+. It has not been offered publicly since the October 1982 sale of the United States Gold Coin Collection, formed by Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Just 268 examples were struck, and this is the very best of the tiny group that survive today.

Rounding out Part VII are some important pattern coins, including famous types such as a Gem Shield Earring Quarter graded PCGS PR65+, a Schoolgirl Dollar graded PCGS PR65, a Washlady Half Dollar graded PCGS PR67 Cameo, and an 1852 Ring Dollar in gold graded PCGS PR65.

The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part VI, Masterpieces of United States Paper Money will be offered on the evening of Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo. It will be followed on Friday evening, March 20, 2020, by The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part VII, Masterpieces of United States Coinage. For more information contact Christine Karstedt at [email protected] or visit the firm’s website

About Stack's Bowers Galleries

Stack's Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company's 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.

Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded PCGS SP66 that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack's Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.

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