Cardinal Collection of Large Cents Exhibit at Chicago’s ANA World’s Fair of Money


The number one-ranked collection of United States large cents in both the PGCS and NGC Set Registry listings will be publicly displayed in Chicago at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, August 16 – 20, 2011.

1793 Chain Cent
This 1793 Chain Cent (S-2), graded PCGS MS65BN, is one of the highlights of the multi-million dollar Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation large cents collection that will be displayed August 16 - 20, 2011 by Stack's Bowers Galleries and Collateral Finance Corporation at Chicago's ANA World's Fair of Money.

The historic coins from the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation include some of the finest known examples of large cents struck from 1793 to 1857, as well as 18th century colonial coppers, and small cents struck from 1857 to the present day.

The foundation’s exhibit is co-sponsored by Stack’s Bowers Galleries ( and Collateral Finance Corporation (, and will be displayed at the Stack’s Bowers booths, #805 & #906, during the five-day show.

"This is a truly amazing collection, valued at millions of dollars. There are 101 pieces and each is among the very finest known for its respective date and type. Many of them are simply the finest known, period," said Chris Napolitano, President of Stack’s Bowers Galleries.

While supplies last, visitors to the exhibit can receive a free, 40-page illustrated booklet published by the foundation, "Portraits of Liberty," that describes the history of U.S. large cents.

Highlights of the Cardinal Collection of Large Cents exhibit include:

  • 1795 Washington Liberty and Security Penny, Bust Right, graded by PCGS as MS64BN, the finest known and sole specimen graded of less than 10 known to exist, formerly from the famed Norweb Collection;

  • "1776" Libertas Americana Bronze Medal, graded by NGC as MS65BN, among the very finest known of the iconic medal ranked #1 in 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens, by Q. David Bowers and Katherine Jaeger;

  • 1793 Chain Cent (S-2) graded PCGS MS65BN that set a world’s record in 2005 as the most valuable U.S. cent;

  • 1793 Wreath Cent, PCGS MS69BN, the single highest-graded 18th century U.S. coin of any date of denomination;

  • 1794 Liberty Cap "Head of 1793" Cent, PCGS MS64BN, described by Logies as "the single finest representative work of early Mint engraver, Joseph Wright;"

  • 1794 Liberty Cap "Head of 1795" Cent, PCGS MS67RB, ranked by Early American Coppers as the single finest known Liberty Cap cent of any date or variety;

  • 1803 Draped Bust Cent, PCGS MS66RB, acclaimed by the Early American Coppers society as tied for the finest known Draped Bust cent of any date or variety;

  • the record-setting 1842 Braided Hair Cent from the Naftzger Collection, PCGS MS65RD, widely acknowledged as the finest existing "Petite Head" type;

  • another record-setting coin from the Naftzger Collection, an 1852 Braided Hair Cent, graded PCGS MS65RD, and acknowledged as the finest existing cent from its era; and

  • an exceptionally rare proof 1857 Flying Eagle cent, PCGS PR65CAM, highlighting the Cardinal Collection’s #1 ranked small cent type set, which is rated with an amazing average grade of 69.56.

"The Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation is a non-profit educational organization that focuses on the study and publication of information about early coinage of the United States of America.

The foundation is delighted at the opportunity for thousands of people to see in person in Chicago these superb-quality American cents that span all eras of American coinage, thanks to the valued assistance of Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Collateral Finance Corporation," said Martin Logies, a director of the Sunnyvale, California-based foundation.

About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is a division of Fortune 500 Company Spectrum Group International, Inc, with an extraordinary history that includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable collections to ever cross an auction block — the John. J. Ford, Jr., and Louis E. Eliasberg collections, the Harry W. Bass, Jr., Collection, and the Norweb Collection, to name just a few.

The company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New York, New Hampshire and Hong Kong. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including the ANA World’s Fair of Money and ANA/PNG Pre-Show, and the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expos in Baltimore, three times yearly, and Philadelphia. For additional information call (949) 253-0916 or visit online at

About Collateral Finance Corporation

Collateral Finance Corporation of Santa Monica, California offers precious metals financing to dealers and collectors on a wide array of bullion and numismatics. For additional information, call (310) 587-1410 or visit

For additional information about the ANA World’s Fair of Money, visit

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