The 1783 Nova Constellatio patterns represent a solution to the economic problem facing the American States during the Revolutionary period – how to create a national currency that incorporated the hodgepodge of monetary systems in use at the time.
Thomas Elder was one of the most important dealers of the early 20th century. He is credited with coining the term “So-Called Dollars,” of which he produced numerous pieces, including copies and unusual mulings of the 1776 Continental dollars.
Lester Merkin was a New York City professional musician, a saxophonist, who was a passionate collector of quality coins beginning in the 1940s. In 1956 he became a professional dealer, mentoring young numismatists.
The final inductee, Norman Stack, was a member of Stack’s Rare Coins, one of the most important and longest-lived coin firms in America. A brilliant numismatist, Norman was involved as the primary cataloger in almost 400 auction sales.