It passed through three estates with nobody knowing anything about it.
Now, a collection worth an estimated $1 million will be featured in a Pre-Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo sale held by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles May 28-31.
One of the featured lots includes an 1801 Capped Bust $10, Taraszka-25, graded AU-58 Premium Quality by Professional Coin Grading Service.
?The Emile A. Tartakow collection is perhaps the most intriguing consignment we?ve seen in a very long time,? said Carrie Hunter, advertising director for Goldbergs. ?This million-dollar collection passed through three estates with no record of its existence until, while doing some rehab work at their aunt and uncle?s house, Mr. Tartakow?s descendants discovered a false wall in the garage. Behind this wall was the Emile A. Tartakow collection, locked away in secret for over 50 years.?
Included in the collection is a wide range of numismatic items and exonumia, including U.S. coins and historical medals. Of special note are the British hammered silver and gold pieces, the British medals, the Napoleonic issues, and early U.S. type coins, both gold and silver.
Two Hawaiian proof coins are included. One is a copper 1883 Hawaiian pattern dollar, graded Proof-66 BN by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. Only 18 were struck. The other Hawaiian piece is an 1883 silver dollar, graded Proof-61 by NGC. A total of 26 were struck, according to the cataloger.
Among the medals are Great Britain issues from 1714 ? one is graded Choice Extremely Fine by the cataloger ? and 1658. For more information on the sale, visit www.goldbergcoins.com, or call (310) 551-2646 or (800) 978-2646, or fax (310) 551-2626, or write to: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 350 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 350, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.