The D. Brent Pogue Collection of U.S. coin rarities has been certified by PCGS and will be jointly presented by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s in May in the first of a series of seven auctions, according to the companies.
Assembled over several decades by A. Mack Pogue and his son, D. Brent Pogue, the collection focuses on copper, silver, and gold coins from the early 1790s to the late 1830s. It has been described as the most valuable collection of federal American coins in private hands, with many the finest known.
"Many of the coins that will be offered in the first auction in May are either the finest known or tied for finest known in the PCGS Population ReportSM," said Don Willis, President of PCGS (www.pcgs.com). "Everyone on the PCGS certification team who examined the coins was impressed by the splendid quality of so many important, historic United States coins."
Among the rarities, the finest known Class I 1804 silver dollar, dubbed the "The King of American Coins," and the finest known and only example of the 1822 half eagle in private hands.
Other highlights include:
- 1794 Flowing Hair Half Dime. LM-3. Rarity-7+ (as a Specimen striking), PCGS Specimen-67
- 1797 Draped Bust Dime JR-1. 16 Stars, PCGS MS-66 – tied for finest known.
- 1797 Draped Bust Dime JR-2. 13 Stars, PCGS MS-64 – tied for finest known.
- 1806/5 Draped Bust Quarter B-1, PCGS MS-66 – finest known (Pop 1/0)
- 1822 Capped Bust Quarter B-1, PCGS PR-67 – finest known (Pop 1/0)
- 1794 Flowing Hair Half Dollar O-101a, PCGS MS-64 – finest by 3 points (Pop 3/0)
- 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar O-117. Two Leaves, PCGS MS-65 – tied for finest known (Pop 2/0)
- 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar O-126a. Small Head, Two Leaves, PCGS MS-62 – finest known by 3 points (Pop 1/0)
The D. Brent Pogue Collection and other numismatic rarities are exhibited this week in Sotheby’s New York headquarters. A total of 128 coins from the May auction, along with other rarities, will be displayed at Long Beach Expo, held Jan. 29 to 31, by Stack’s Bowers at booth #502.
"This collection emphasizes superb quality United States coins of the early years, 1792 to the late 1830s, that were carefully acquired over several decades by Mr. Pogue with the support of his family in Dallas, Texas," said Christine Karstedt, Executive Vice President of Stack’s Bowers.
Sotheby’s and Stack’s Bowers Galleries have collaborated several times to bring iconic numismatic properties to auction, including the Dallas Bank Collection in 2001 and the $7.6 million auction of the legendary 1933 Double Eagle in 2002 that became the most expensive coin in the world.
Part I of the D. Brent Pogue Collection goes under the hammer May 19-20, 2015. For more information, visit www.stacksbowers.com.