Bowers and Merena to Feature Globus Collection of U.S. and World Coins


Bowers and Merena’s Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo Will Feature Collection of the Late Dr. Alfred R. Globus

IRVINE, Calif. – Bowers and Merena Auctions, America’s leading rare coin and currency auction house, returns to Baltimore, Md., for the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo scheduled for November 10-14, 2009.

Globus Collection Coin Highlights

The auction will feature the collection of U.S. and world coins assembled by one of America’s most renowned numismatic collectors, Dr. Alfred R. Globus.

Dr. Alfred R. GlobusDr. Alfred R. Globus was born July 1, 1920, in Brooklyn, New York. He received his Doctor of Science degree from Hanover College in Indiana and for a short time served as professor of biochemistry at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

He licensed his first chemical process at age 20 for the electrolytic recovery of iron from iron ore, and just two years after that he formed the company that would later become United-Guardian, Inc.

In 1943, he built a commercial plant for the production of vitally needed tungsten concentrates, and served as a consultant to the War Production Board during World War II. Dr. Globus served as the chief executive officer of United-Guardian for more than 60 years.

Over those years he was granted at least 35 patents for the many products and processes that he developed. Dr. Globus passed away in April of 2009 at age 88.


"During his lifetime Dr. Globus was an avid collector of coins and stamps," said Steve Deeds, president of Bowers and Merena. "He was known worldwide as an expert in both fields, and auctions of his coins over the years have brought intense interest on the part of expert collectors in the United States and overseas."


Bowers and Merena will present Dr. Globus’ collection of U.S. and world coins in the November Official Baltimore Auction, consisting of several hundred lots. Spotlight coins include:

  • 1799 Capped Bust Right Half Eagle. Small Stars Reverse. MS-62 PCGS
  • 1826 (6 over ‘5’) Capped Bust Left Quarter Eagle. AU-55 PCGS
  • 1830 Capped Bust Half Eagle. MS-65 PCGS
  • China 10 Dollars, YR.1 (1916), FR.-3, Y-333, NGC-MS62
  • Denmark Ducat, 1746 Frederik V, 1746-1766, FR.-264, KM-552, NGC-MS62
  • Germany Saxony-Coburg-Gotha, 20 Marks, 1895-A, FR.-3853, Y-151, NGC-MS62 


"I was fortunate to know Dr. Globus for many years, since the 1980s," said Richard Ponterio, executive vice president of Bowers and Merena and founder of Ponterio & Associates.

"Many of these coins have been in his possession for decades, and the sale of these coins will be keenly anticipated by knowledgeable and eager collectors throughout the world.

Some of these coins were even in the original 1970s flips. It’s an incredible collection and will surely draw worldwide attention."


Bowers and Merena is accepting U.S. consignments alongside the Dr. Alfred R. Globus Collection until September 28, and world consignments until August 10. Interested consignors should call Bowers and Merena at 800.458.4646 for more information. Printed catalogs will be available in late October and will be posted online at

About Bowers and Merena Auctions

Bowers and Merena Auctions was founded in 1983 and has grown to become the world’s preeminent numismatic auctioneer with more than half a billion dollars in rare coin and currency sales. They have been awarded the prestigious honor of Official Auctioneer for the 2009 American Numismatic Association Conventions in Portland and Los Angeles, in addition to their continued service as Official Auctioneer of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo three times every year.

Bowers and Merena has handled four of the five most valuable United States coin collections ever sold, including the Louis E. Eliasberg Sr. Collection, the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection, the Garrett Collection for The Johns Hopkins University, and the Norweb Collection. In 2008, Bowers and Merena Auctions acquired Ponterio & Associates, Inc., which now serves as Bowers and Merena’s auction division for world and ancient coins and currency. Bowers and Merena Rare Coin Galleries offers direct buying and selling of exceptional quality gold and silver rare coins.

For more information about Bowers and Merena’s Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo in November, call 800.458.4646.  For media inquiries, ask for President Steve Deeds. Complete prices realized for all past auctions are available at

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