Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s are pleased to present Part V of their auction program of the D. Brent Pogue Collection of early United States coinage. The auction will take place beginning at 6:30 PM on March 31, 2017, at the Carriage House of the Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore.
The sale features the Dexter 1804 silver dollar, one of the most famous specimens of the King of American Coins. No American coin is more famous, more widely desired, or more highly valued than the silver dollar of 1804. It is a coin of great rarity, with just eight known Class I Originals. It is a coin of great history, coined in 1834 to distribute as an official gift from the United States of America to foreign heads of state. The 1804 dollar is famous both within and beyond the field of numismatics.
Other early silver dollars from 1798 onward complement those sold in earlier offerings of the D. Brent Pogue Collection. Ultra-high grades are the rule, not the exception. Half cents begin with the first year of the Draped Bust type, 1800, and continue through the end of the series in 1857, highlighted by the finest known specimen of the rare 1811. Large copper cents, a popular and enduring numismatic specialty, comprise a rarity-spangled galaxy beginning with multiple examples of the 1793 Liberty Cap. Also featured is the rarest of all dates in the series – the 1799 – represented by the famous Henry C. Hines coin, a Mint State example that stands today (and has for many years) as the very finest known. Additional large cents of the 19th century offer rarity and quality combined. At the beginning of the sale are found many fine half dimes, dimes, quarters, and half dollars with emphasis on the first years of the Liberty Seated design.
Never before and never again will there be such a combination of great rarity and superb condition. It took Brent and his father over 40 years to assemble this collection, during a time frame that included the opportunities to bid and buy in the Garrett family, Norweb family, Louis E. Eliasberg, Harry W. Bass, Jr., Virgil M. Brand, and other sales when these old-time holdings crossed the block. Today even in theory, few such properties exist to be sold.
The venue for this sale is Evergreen House, the ancestral mansion of the Garrett family. Two important collectors – T. Harrison Garrett and his son Ambassador John Work Garrett – called this their home. In these halls one of the greatest of all American collections was formed. A finer, more appropriate setting could not be imagined!
Lot viewing for Part V of the D. Brent Pogue Collection will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Room 307 and will begin on Tuesday, March 28 and continue through Friday, March 31 from 9 AM-6 PM. The entire sale is available for viewing and bidding at StacksBowers.com.