Heritage Auctions has announced that it will offer the Donald G. Partrick Collection of Extraordinary United States Colonials, beginning with Part I this coming January’s Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention auction, Jan. 7-10, 2015, in Orlando, FL. Other sales are planned in conjunction with the 2015 and 2016 ANA conventions and the 2016 FUN convention.
“This series of auctions is unprecedented in numismatics,” said Jim Halperin, Co-Founder of Heritage Auctions. “This is an incredible grouping of coins, the likes of which we won’t see again.”
“The name of Donald Groves Partrick is well known to colonial collectors and his cabinet is second to none in the field,” said Mark Borckardt, Senior Cataloger for Heritage Auctions. “His collection also includes an unparalleled assemblage of 1792 U.S. Mint Patterns and coinage of the Confederacy.”
Part I of the collection includes 12 U.S. Mint patterns of 1792, a total that far exceeds the nine examples in the Garrett Collection auctions, the eight examples in the Norweb Collection sales, and the seven examples held in the Smithsonian Institution.
Also included in Part I are 12 Continental dollars, including two of the four known silver examples. A third will be offered in a later auction. Among the dozen pieces are examples of all seven die varieties, in all known metals, the only complete set ever formed.
Massachusetts silver is represented in the first sale by six NE shillings, five Willow Tree pieces, 40 Oak Tree coins and more than 50 Pine Tree coins, while seven Higley coppers in the collection include six different varieties, among which is the famous and unique “WHEELE GOES ROUND” copper. Maryland collectors will be intrigued by the offering of 10 Lord Baltimore coins, six Chalmers pieces and a Standish Barry threepence.
One of the most fascinating sections of the first sale is the nearly 30-strong grouping of New York coppers, including five Confederatio coppers and 11 Immune or Immunis Columbia coppers. Future auctions will offer: additional New York pieces, including two Brasher doubloons, one of the New York variety (the finest known, ex Garrett) and one of the Lima variety; Don Partrick’s incredible Connecticut and New Jersey coppers; and amazing Washingtonia.
The unique 1776 Janus copper in the upcoming sale highlights the Massachusetts copper section, along with an associated Paul Revere token. Massachusetts coppers of 1787 and 1788 include 37 of the 50 known die varieties, while almost 100 Vermont coppers will be offered in Part I, including examples and duplicates of every known die variety.
Coinage of the Confederate states includes one of the four known original Confederate half dollars, pedigreed to Jefferson Davis. A “Jefferson Davis dime” is also pedigreed to the Confederate president.
Among the highlights are:
1792 Judd-1 Silver Center Cent, XF45+ NGC, famous pattern design. 1216073-001 through 11
1792 Judd-1a Silver Center Cent, MS62 RB NGC, unique unplugged example.
1792 Judd-2 Cent, XF40 NGC, the Silver Center Cent design in pure copper, from the Garrett Collection.
1792 Judd-4 Birch Cent, MS65 (Star) RB NGC, substantial mint color, from the Garrett Collection.
1792 Judd-9 Silver Disme, AU50 NGC, one of only three known, from the Judd Collection.
1792 Judd-11 Copper Disme, MS64 RB NGC, one of only three known Plain Edge pieces, from the Garrett Collection.
1792 Judd-12 Wright Quarter Dollar, MS63 BN NGC, one of only two known in copper (the second example is in the National Numismatic Collection), from the Judd Collection.
(1739) Higley WHEELE GOES ROUND Copper, VF30 NGC, unique Higley design, from the Garrett Collection.
1776 Newman 1-C Continental Dollar, Silver, XF40 NGC, from the Garrett Collection.
1776 Newman 3-D Continental Dollar, Silver, MS62 NGC, from the Boyd Collection.
1861 Original Confederate Half Dollar, PR30 NGC, from the Jefferson Davis Estate.
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