The latest addition to the Newman Numismatic Portal is the 1936 Robert Hendershot auction sale catalog. Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report.
Robert L. Hendershott, longtime Missouri and Florida collector, conducted a single auction sale in 1936. The sale catalog recently came through the scanning queue at the American Numismatic
Society and caught our attention. Like Eric P. Newman, Hendershott (1898-2005) was born in St. Louis and active in numismatics for a lifetime. Both survived to the remarkable age of 106. The
Hendershot (then spelled with one ‘t’) sale catalog contained a number of advanced items, including a Continental dollar, two Gobrecht dollars, a high relief $20, and a 1795 half eagle.
John and Nancy Wilson, who personally knew Hendershott, wrote in 2005: “We asked Bob about the sale. He said that he sent the catalog to the ANA mailing list and also to persons he thought would
buy coins. He also said that the bank management didn’t like him taking the time off for coin cataloging. He finished by saying that everything in the auction sold, and he made $3,000.” The final
piece in the sale, lot 763, was an 1856 flying eagle cent – in contrast to Abe Kosoff, who in the 1950s liked to start his auction sales with the 1856. In either case, the superstition seems to have
paid off for Hendershott.
Link to Hendershot catalog on Newman Portal:
Link to John and Nancy Wilson tribute to Hendershott:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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