Stack’s Bowers Galleries announces historic sale of world-class collection of Massachusetts Silver, Colonial and Early Federal Coins, and Issues of the War Between the States. The highlight of the auction in Baltimore, Maryland, is undoubtedly the choice 1792 Birch cent acquired privately in 1975 from Stack’s and the finest example offered since the 1979 Garrett I sale. A 1792 silver center cent, one of fewer than 15 known, showcases a design conceived by Thomas Jefferson and was among the first pieces struck at the Philadelphia Mint. Another of these coins sold recently for a whopping $2.58 million by Heritage Auctions. Examples of the 1792 disme in copper and the 1792 half disme will also be offered.
The extensive collection of Massachusetts silver coinage, Colonial and early federal coinage, and Civil War issues is sold on behalf of and under the name of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, an American philanthropic enterprise that has been focused on environmental issues for more than 50 years.
None of the coins in the collection is graded and encapsulated by a third-party grading service yet, according to Stack’s Bowers officials.
Mostly assembled from the late 1950s through the 1990s, with a few notable additions within the last 15 years, the Kendall Collection features many coins with famous provenances, including pedigrees to Charles Bushnell, Lorin G. Parmelee, Matthew A. Stickney, John Story Jenks, the Garrett family, and John J. Ford Jr. among others, according to Stack’s Bowers.
Many coins in the Kendall Collection have not been offered publicly in a century, if ever, according to Stack’s Bowers officials