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PCGS Hosts Superb Simpson Half Dollar And Stella Patterns At World’s Fair of Money

July 13, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Half Dollars, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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July 13, 2015

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PCGS Hosts Superb Simpson Half Dollar
And Stella Patterns At World’s Fair of Money

 

Two superb sets from The Bob Simpson U.S. Pattern Collection, the Morgan half dollar patterns of 1877 and $4 Stellas in all metals, will be displayed at the Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) booth during the American Numismatic Association Chicago World’s Fair of Money (www.worldsfairofmoney.com), August 11 – 15,  2015.

These two sets are ranked as both the current and all-time finest of their kind in the PCGS Set Registry®, and this will be the first time they will be publicly exhibited.  The coins will be displayed courtesy of collector Bob Simpson of Texas and Legend Numismatics of New Jersey.

While supplies last, visitors to the PCGS booth (#601) can receive a free, illustrated educational brochure about these two historic sets.

Among the outstanding Simpson Collection pattern coins on display at the PCGS booth during the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money will be this 1880 Flowing Hair $4 “Stella” (J-1657), graded PCGS PR67 Cameo.

Among the outstanding Simpson Collection pattern coins on display at the PCGS booth during the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money will be this 1880 Flowing Hair $4 “Stella” (J-1657), graded PCGS PR67 Cameo.

“Bob Simpson has amassed what is probably the most extensive collection of U.S. patterns ever assembled.  Out of a total of 1,176 patterns he has listed in the PCGS Set Registry, 779 are ‘Top Pop’ and 641 coins are the single finest specimens graded.  PCGS is pleased to share with the public a small portion of Mr. Simpson’s extraordinary collection at the upcoming ANA convention,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

“The U.S. 1877 Morgan Half Dollar Patterns set is 90 percent complete with 18 of the 20 coins required for a complete set.  It has a weighted grade point average of 68.71,” explained BJ Searls, Director of the PCGS Set Registry (www.PCGS.com/setregistry).

“Mr. Simpson’s 1879 – 1880 U.S. Patterns $4 Stellas All Metals set includes an amazing 13 of the 15 required coins; a level of completion that is unprecedented. The weighted grade point average is 68.5, and 9 of the 13 coins are Top Pops,” added Searls.

The original creation of the pattern half dollars and $4 denomination coins is interesting for numismatists.  In 1877, United States Mint Engraver George T. Morgan began testing new designs for half dollars with the intention of eventually using them on silver dollars beginning in 1878. Today, Morgan dollars are among the most popular of all United States coins.

The 1877 pattern half dollar (J-1512), graded PCGS PR66+ Deep Cameo, will be among the Simpson Collection pattern coins on display at the PCGS booth during the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money.

The 1877 pattern half dollar (J-1512), graded PCGS PR66+ Deep Cameo, will be among the Simpson Collection pattern coins on display at the PCGS booth during the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money.

“This explains why his 1877 Half Dollar Patterns look so familiar to us today.  The head he used on the 1877 coins is a miniature version of what eventually appeared with modifications on nearly half a billion silver dollars from 1878 to 1921,” said Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGScoinfacts.com), the internet’s most comprehensive source of information about U.S. coins.

“The real beauty of this series, however, comes from the fabulous reverse designs, all of which revealed this engraver’s incredible talent,” Guth stated.

Simpson commented: “1877 pattern half dollars are some of the most beautiful coins ever made. In my opinion, they are the ultimate design and size for the Morgan head.  My goal is to own an example of every 1877 pattern Morgan half minted.”

Highlights of Simpson’s Morgan 1877 Half Dollar Patterns collection include Judd-1511 graded PCGS PR66 Red and Brown; J-1512, PCGS PR66+ Deep Cameo; and J-1516, PCGS PR 66 Deep Cameo.

The Stella, a $4 denomination gold coin co-designed by Morgan and Charles E. Barber, was originally intended for use in international trade.  Before the plans were abandoned, a small number were experimentally struck in 1879 and 1880 with two different Flowing Hair and Coiled Hair obverse designs.  A few patterns also were struck in copper, white metal and aluminum.

“Save for the Amazonians, there is no other pattern series as captivating as the Stellas.  To have them in all metals is spectacular.  The Mint truly created a special coinage for the time,” Simpson stated.

Highlights in the Simpson Stella collection include 1879 Flowing Hair J-1635, PCGS PR65 Cameo; 1879 Coiled Hair J-1638, PCGS PR66+ Cameo; and 1880 Flowing Hair J-1657, PCGS PR67 Cameo.

Professional Coin Grading Service was founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, and now has offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris.  PCGS experts have certified over 30 million coins with a total market value of over 29 billion dollars. PCGS represents the industry standard in third-party certification, and is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

For additional information about PCGS products and services, call 800-447-8848 or email info@pcgs.com.  

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Historic Bass Collection Patterns Offered By Heritage Auctions At ANA World’s Fair of Money

June 2, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Auctions, Bronze Coins, Charity, Coin Grading, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Events, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Nickel Coins, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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June 2, 2014

News media contact:
Noah Fleisher, (214) 409-1143  NoahF@ha.com

Historic Bass Collection Patterns Offered By Heritage Auctions At ANA World’s Fair of Money

 

Proceeds from August 7, 2014 auction of these 30 coins will aid philanthropic mission of Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation

 

(Dallas, Texas) — Thirty United States pattern coins from the acclaimed collection of the late Texas business executive and philanthropist Harry W. Bass Jr. (1927 – 1998) will be offered without reserves during the Platinum Night auction conducted by Heritage Auctions (http://www.ha.com) on August 7th, 2014 during the Chicago 2014 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of MoneySM.  Proceeds from the sale will be used for philanthropic purposes by the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation of Dallas.

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

For the past 14 years, the 30 historic patterns have been on loan to the ANA and were frequently displayed in rotation with hundreds of other Bass Collection coins at the association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum at ANA headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The coins in the upcoming auction include an 1838 plain edge Liberty Seated half dollar in copper (Judd-77), an 1865 with motto Seated Dollar in silver (J-434) and an 1875 Trade dollar in silver (J-1426).  All of the consigned Bass coins are being submitted to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation for grading and will have the pedigree on the insert labels in the holders.

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

“These literally are museum-quality rare coins!,” said Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President of Heritage Auctions, an official auctioneer of the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money.

“These amazing patterns come to the Chicago auction out of the specialized holdings of the Bass Collection that has been on display at the ANA Museum since 2000 when the ANA was selected by the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation to hold this incredible collection,” explained Imhof.

F. David Calhoun, Executive Director of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation stated: “Over the years, Harry Bass worked with various experts at Heritage and made purchases with our Dallas neighbor, but never consigned through their auctions. Now, we are returning selections to the marketplace. As the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation sells these coins to provide funds to support our philanthropic mission, we are seeking the highest possible return. I trust Heritage to provide that, and I look forward to working with them in this new capacity.”

Pattern coins were produced usually in small quantity to test proposed designs, and sometimes were struck in various metals.  U.S. patterns are often cited by their “J” number as part of the reference system originally created by researcher and patterns reference book author, Dr. J. Hewitt Judd.

In addition to J-77, 434 and 1426 mentioned above, the 27 other patterns from the Bass Collection that will be offered at the auction are:

  • 1838 Seated Liberty half dollar, J-79 original in silver
  • 1850 Annular Cent, J-119 in billon
  • 1855 Flying Eagle cent, J-168 in bronze
  • 1861 With Motto half dollar, J-278 in copper
  • 1863 Postage Currency dime, J-326 in copper
  • 1863 With Motto quarter dollar, J-335 in silver
  • 1863 With Motto half dollar, J-344 in aluminum
  • 1865 With Motto half dollar, J-429 in silver
  • 1866 Washington five cent, J-473 in nickel
  • 1866 Shield nickel, J-509 in bronze
  • 1868 cent, J-606 in copper
  • 1869 Standard Silver quarter dollar, J-721 in silver
  • 1870 half dime, J-815 in copper
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1090 in silver
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1092 in aluminum
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1093 in silver
  • 1871 Indian Princess dollar, J-1149 in aluminum
  • 1872 Commercial dollar, J-1219 in silver
  • 1873 Trade dollar, J-1293 in silver
  • 1873 Trade dollar, J-1322 in silver
  • 1874 Twenty cent piece, J-1355 in copper
  • 1874 Twenty cent piece, J-1356 in aluminum
  • 1879 quarter dollar, J-1591 in copper
  • 1881 cent, J-1665 in aluminum
  • 1882 Shield nickel, J-1697 in nickel
  • 1885 Snowden dollar, J-1747 in silver
  • 1896 five cents, J-1771 in nickel

“Harry W. Bass, Jr.’s collection has long been heralded as one of the most amazing collections ever put together, and we’ve been very fortunate to get to display these beautiful works of art at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum,” said Kim Kiick, ANA Executive Director. “Thousands of visitors to the Money Museum have enjoyed the Bass Collection over the years, and thousands more will continue to enjoy the rest of Harry Bass’s amazing collection in the interactive Bass Gallery. We very much appreciate our long-term relationship and support that the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation has given to the ANA.”

Bass was a life member of the ANA for more than 30 years.  He received the ANA Medal of Merit in 1989, and was selected to the association’s Numismatic Hall of Fame in 1998.

The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of Texans by providing support to qualified organizations in the areas of education, human services, civic and community, science and research, and arts and culture. It funds special projects of public entities or other nonprofit 501(c)(3) endeavors. Mr. Bass sought to extend the accomplishments of his father’s Harry Bass Foundation, established by Harry Bass, Sr., supporting Dallas charitable and religious institutions, hospitals, and museums with funds from family oil interests and subsequent investments. Assets of the merged Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation have continued to grow with the sale of portions of Mr. Bass’s coin collection, following his death in April 1998. This auction will further that mission.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $900 million, and 850,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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