Heritage to Offer Historic Ed Price Collection of Early Dimes & Quarter Eagles

by Heritage Auctions on March 4, 2008 · 0 comments

The First to be Assembled with the Common Reverses. To be Offered by Heritage Auction Galleries at the Baltimore ANA

Dallas, TX. The Ed Price Collection, an incomparable variety collection of early Dimes and Quarter Eagles, valued over $4 million, will be auctioned by Heritage Auction Galleries at their Official Auction of the Baltimore ANA, July 30-Aug. 2, 2008.

1792 Disme, Judd-10, High R.6, PR62 Brown NGC. Ex: Judd

Only one complete collection of draped bust dimes by variety had previously been assembled (Allen F. Lovejoy’s, sold in 1990), and only one complete collection of early quarter eagles (1796-1807) by variety had previously been assembled (by Harry Bass – now on display at ANA Museum).

Heritage is proud to present the Ed Price Collection, a complete collection by variety of both the early dimes and quarter eagles, featuring the common reverse dies, such as has never before been assembled.

Ed Price has collected coins since about 1950, when he was eight years old, and like most young collectors, he focused on circulating modern series. After graduation from Yale in 1964, he began to pursue more important coins, and by 1970 he started collecting U.S. type coins.

Mr. Price sold most of his type collection in 1988 and began focusing on early Federal coinage; after a decade long search, he had assembled and sold a complete collection of half dime varieties from 1794 through 1805 (and discovered the new variety, 1800 LM-4, in the process). Mr. Price’s 1796 JR-7 and 1803 JR-5 dimes included herewith are also discovery coins. 

Mr. Price’s interest in early dimes continued. At the 1990 Lovejoy sale, he bought his 1802 JR-1, still the only known example. Later he purchased the Draped Bust Dime Collection of noted numismatic author Bill Subjack intact.

He continued to upgrade his coins with the help of dealer Stu Levine, and ultimately discovered the new variety 1803 JR-5. Almost all of the dimes are in the Condition Census and many are the finest known. Inspired by Subjack and intrigued by the common reverse dies, he simultaneously pursued and completed a collection of early quarter eagles.  

The Ed Price Collection

1792 Disme, Judd-10, High R.6, PR62 Brown NGC. Ex: Judd

1796 Dime, JR-1, R.3, MS64 NGC

1796 Dime, JR-1, R.3, Very Rare EDS. Good 6 PCGS

1796 Dime, JR-2, R.4, MS64 NGC

1796 Dime, JR-3, R.5, MS63 NGC. Ex: Koshkarian

1796 Dime, JR-4, R.4, MS67 * NGC. Ex: Stack

1796 Dime, JR-5, R.5, MS62 NGC. Ex: Whitney, Norweb

1796 Dime, JR-6, R.3, MS64 Prooflike NGC. Ex: Whitney, Bareford

1796 Dime, JR-7, R.9, Fair Details NCS. Discovery Coin

1797 Dime, 16 Stars, JR-1, R.4, MS62 NGC

1797 Dime, 13 Stars, JR-2, R.4, MS65 NGC. Ex: Bolen, Lovejoy, Atwater

1798/7 Dime, 16 Stars Reverse, JR-1, R.3, MS65 NGC

1798/97 Dime, 13 Stars Reverse, JR-2, R.6, MS63 PCGS

1798 Dime, Small 8, JR-3, R.5, MS66 NGC. Ex: Eliasberg

1798 Dime, Large 8, JR-4, R.3, MS64 NGC

1800 Dime, JR-1, R.4, AU58 PCGS

1800 Dime, JR-2, R.5, MS65 NGC

1800 Dime, JR-2, R.5, Double Struck, MS63 PCGS

1801 Dime, JR-1, R.4, MS63 NGC. Ex: Bolen, Atwater

1801 Dime, JR-1, R.4, Double Struck, AG3 PCGS

1801 Dime, JR-2, R.5, MS61 PCGS

1801 Dime, JR-2, R.5, AU58 PCGS

1801 Dime, JR-2, R.5, AU Details NCS, Very Rare EDS

1802 Dime, JR-1, R.8, AU Details NCS. Ex: Munoz

1802 Dime, JR-2, R.5, MS61 NGC. Ex: Robison

1802 Dime, JR-2, R.5, AU55 NGC. Ex: Miles

1802 Dime, JR-3, R.6, AU58 NGC

1802 Dime, JR-3, R.6, Double Struck, Fair 2 PCGS

1802 Dime, JR-4, R.4, MS62 NGC. Ex: Lovejoy, Bareford, Menjou

1802 Dime, JR-4, R.4, Obverse Cud, XF Details NCS

1803 Dime, JR-1, R.7, XF40 PCGS

1803 Dime, JR-2, R.6, AU58 NGC. Ex: Pittman

1803 Dime, JR-3, R.4, MS64 NGC. Ex: Lovejoy, Parmelee

1803 Dime, JR-4, R.5, AU55 NGC

1803 Dime, JR-5, R.8, XF Details NCS. Discovery Coin

1804 Dime, 13 Stars, JR-1, R.5, AU55 NGC. Ex: Pittman

1804 Dime, 14 Stars, JR-2, R.5, AU58 NGC. Ex: Eliasberg

1805 Dime, Five Berries, JR-1, R.3, MS64 Prooflike NGC. Ex: Gilhousen

1805 Dime, Five Berries, JR-1, R.3, Medal Turn Dies, Fine 15 PCGS

1805 Dime, Five Berries, JR-2 MS64 NGC

1807 Dime, JR-1, R.2, Curved Clip, MS66 PCGS

1807 Dime, JR-1, R.2, MS64 PCGS

1807 Dime, JR-1, R.2, Double Struck, VG Details NCS

1796 $2 ½, No Stars, BD-1, High R.7, XF45 PCGS

1796 $2 ½, No Stars, B-2, R.4, MS61 PCGS

1796 $2 ½, With Stars, BD-3, High R.5, MS62 NGC. Ex: Clapp, Eliasberg

1797 $2 ½, BD-1, R.6, AU55 NGC. Ex: Fairfield, J.F. Bell

1798 $2 ½, Four Berries, BD-1, High R.5, AU55 NGC. Ex: Stack

1798 $2 ½, Five Berries, BD-2, R.5, AU58 NGC. Ex: Keston

1802 $2 ½, BD-1, R.4, AU58 NGC

1802 $2 ½, BD-2, High R.5, MS62 NGC

1802 $2 ½, BD-3, R.5, MS63 NGC

1804 $2 ½, 13 Stars, BD-1, High R.6, AU55 NGC. Ex: Keston

1804 $2 ½, 14 Stars, BD-2, R.4, AU58 NGC

1805 $2 ½, BD-1, R.4, AU58 NGC

1805 $2 ½, BD-1, R.4, Double Struck, AU58 NGC

1806/4 $2 ½, 8×5 Stars, BD-1, High R.4, AU55 PCGS

1806/5 $2 ½, 7×6 Stars, BD-2, High R.5, AU55 PCGS

1807 $2 ½, BD-1, R.3, AU58 NGC

1807 $2 ½, BD-1, R.3, Clashed Reverse, AU58 NGC


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