Author David Cassel's collection of U.S. Pattern coins will be auctioned by Heritage in June. He forwarded a press release with
background information for those not familiar with the topic. -Editor
Heritage Auctions will be auctioning the David Cassell collection of U. S. Postage Currency
coins and miscellaneous very special U.S. patterns coins, and five rare gold foreign pattern coins related to the 1868 International
Monetary Convention. Included are coins of United States in aluminum and copper, Five dollar – 25 Francs: in addition, Five coins in gold;
France, 1867, 5 Dollars - 25 Francs (2), 10 Florin 25 Francs, and of Great Britain, 1868; two Double Florin - 5 Francs, one with a plain
edge and one with a reeded edge, each of superb quality and from great collections.
The overall U.S. pattern collection formed by David Cassel from the late 60s’ contains several unique and semi-unique coins. Cassel
collected coins of high rarity in a time when most collectors were more interested in acquiring less esoteric and more common regular issue
coins. Although he collected pattern coins from a broad range of interests, his passion was the Postage Currency Coins of 1863 and the
related coins of 1868 and 1869.
Some Postage Currency coins in the Cassel Collection can be traced back to sales and collections formed in the nineteenth century. Many
coins were owned by some of the great names in numismatics; including: Colonel Mendez I. Cohen in 1875, John Work Garrett and family,
Robert Coulton Davis PhG. in 1890, George G. Woodside in 1892, Abe Kosoff, Harry Bass, Louis Eliasberg Jr., King Farouk, William H. Woodin,
Waldo Newcomer, Lester Merkin, Milton R. Friedberg, and many more.
After Cassel’s discoveries, the Judd books after the Seventh Edition and the major grading services modified their numbering system with
new classifications. Many more rare and interesting coins are profiled in his works and included in the Heritage auction.
Cassel has been published in several numismatic articles in Coin World, The E-Sylum, and in the Society of U. S. Pattern Collectors
relating to his many discoveries of Postage Currency coin inaccuracies, including: Roulz Alloy has been incorrectly known as Koulz Alloy
(Judd 716), certain ten cent coins dated 1868 were actually Mint struck in 1863, and making collectors aware that a host of U.S. pattern
coins need to be verified through metal testing as to their correct Judd number assigned.
A very few limited first edition signed and numbered copies of Cassel's book, The United States Pattern Postage Currency
Coins are available now on the Kolbe and Fanning web site: www.numislit.com/pages/books/3428/david-cassel/united-states-pattern-postage-currency-coins
Wayne Homren, Editor
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