The Liberty Seated Collector's Club is holding a fund-raising auction at their annual meeting at the Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money. Bibliophiles may be interested in the nine lots of numismatic literature.
Catalogs were included with the Summer 2015 issue of The Gobrecht Journal
Len Augsburger forwarded some of the lot descriptions. Thanks.
Lot 6. Gobrecht Journal #121, Fall 2014, Small format.
This is a rare “transitional”
issue of the Gobrecht Journal, sandwiched in between the black &white
small format editions (ending with issue #120) and full color, large
format (beginning with issue #121). For a short period of time, a full
color, small format version was envisioned, and Editor Bill Bugert
produced this copy as a sample. Full color printing in the numismatic
world is becoming the standard as printing costs decrease and the use
of color facilitates technical evaluation and variety attribution. This
is especially important for silver coinage as toning has become a more
important consideration with respect to overall eye appeal. Bowers
& Merena issued the first full color auction at the Baltimore ANA in
2003 and the world of numismatic publishing has never looked back.
Lot 7. Gobrecht Journal #121, Fall 2014, Large format draft.
Prior to the publication of GJ #121, Editor Bill Bugert
produced this draft copy of the Journal as a sample to show fellow
members. It contains most of the same content, but ads are not
present. The word “draft” is diagonally featured on the front cover
in a light gray font. The large format expanded layout possibilities,
and offered advertisers the opportunity to easily reuse content
submitted to other large format publications.
Lot 8. A Register of Liberty Seated Half Dollar Varieties,
Volume IV, New Orleans Branch Mint, 1853-O WA to 1861-O.
Deluxe Leather-bound edition, copy #10 of 10 bound.
Bill Bugert continues
his masterful analysis of Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties in this, the fourth
volume of the series. The books issued to date are volume I (Carson City pieces
from 1870 to 1878), volume II (San Francisco half dollars from 1855 to 1878),
volume III (New Orleans halves from 1840 to 1853 NA), and volume IV,
covering the remainder of the New Orleans issues from 1853 WA to 1861.
Work on the Philadelphia volumes continues apace as the “Liberty Seated Half
Dollar Summit” meets periodically. This cadre of Liberty Seated half dollar
variety experts has been meeting once or so per year, and, over a week long
period, will studiously examine hundreds of examples. Bill Bugert acts as
“Documenter-in-Chief” and has been publishing these authoritative references
This is a leather-bound copy, copy #10 of ten produced. Bill has generously donated
previous leather-bound volumes to LSCC auctions. Previous prices realized: Carson City ($1000),
San Francisco ($425), and New Orleans (volume III in the series, $650).
Lot 9. The Gardner Collection: Liberty Seated Half Dimes.
The Gene Gardner
collection of Liberty Seated coinage is well
known, appearing in a series of Heritage
sales beginning in 2013. The first three sales
realized over $47 million, and a final sale is
scheduled for this fall. Gardner’s sets
represent the all-time finest for overall
While the Eliasberg collection
included certain ultra-rarities not present
here (1884 and 1885 trade dollars, the 1873-
CC No Arrows dime, the 1853-O No
Arrows and Ray half), Gardner’s collection
was clearly superior in the area of
uncirculated branch mint pieces.
Furthermore, while Eliasberg mixed proof and circulation strike pieces in his frontline collection,
Gardner made a discipline of collecting both types, and, as a result, achieved “definitive” status
for both proof and uncirculated formats.
Gardner has been a long time friend to the LSCC and
has regularly attended club meetings at major shows. Gardner has generously supported the
LSCC collective volumes project, and was elected to the LSCC Hall of Fame in 2014.
Several years ago, Gardner began documenting his frontline collections in a series of
photo books. These hardbound books feature full color photography on thick paper. Print runs
were limited, typically ten or twenty copies of each volume. These books were distributed to
family and friends of Gardner and were never commercially offered.
describes each coin with observations on technical quality, provenance, and die varieties. These
books are the definitive record of the definitive collection. Eleven volumes were produced for
Liberty Seated coinage as follows:
Half Dimes: Two volumes, one for uncirculated pieces and one for proofs
Dimes: Three volumes, two for uncirculated pieces and one for proofs
Quarters: Three volumes, two for uncirculated pieces and one for proofs
Half Dollars: Three volumes, two for uncirculated pieces and one for proofs
One needs to be an LSCC member to participate, it is $20 to Dennis Fortier at P.O. Box 1841, Pawtucket RI 02862.
For more information about the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, see:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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