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Stack’s Bowers Galleries is conducting a series of legendary coin sales with its D. Brent Pogue Collection Auctions.

It is no stranger to legendary collections. A predecessor firm conducted the Garrett Collection sales in 1979-1981.

Now the firm plans to bring past and present together with its fifth Pogue event.

This will be conducted March 31, 2017, at the Baltimore home of the historic Garrett Collection.

When bidders gather for the sale in the Carriage House of Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore, they will enter the home surroundings of T. Harrison Garrett and John Work Garrett.

This father and son team built their collection over about 80 years concluding with the death of John Work Garrett in 1942.

Stack’s Bowers says the Pogue Collection is the most valuable rare coin collection ever to cross the auction block. It also is of the highest overall quality.

Among the coins that will go on sale will be the Dexter 1804 silver dollar. The 1804 dollar has long been called the King of American coins.

This Class 1 example is graded Proof-65 by the Professional Coin Grading Service.

Such an incredible rarity is only the tip of the iceberg. Many other high quality and rare silver dollars will join it on the auction block during the course of the sale.

Large cents will also be offered and every collector of early coppers worth his salt will be in attendance or represented in some way. The finest known examples of many pieces await.

Stack’s Bowers says, “No collection of large copper cents with such a high (by far) average quality has ever been sold at auction.”

This auction will be talked about for many years to come.

Attendees at the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Expo March 30-April 2 can treat themselves by viewing the Pogue auction lots.

To witness history being made, collectors should plan to be in Baltimore next spring for the Pogue sale and the Whitman Expo.

Buzz blogger Dave Harper has twice won the Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."

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