Auction bidders like high-grade coins. When you put them together with a good human interest story you understand the background of Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale of the first part of the Teich Family Collection at the Whitman Coin and Collectibles show Nov. 14-19 in Baltimore.
The firm says the family collection has been in private vaults since the 1950s. It began in 1952. While on a family vacation with his wife and three sons, a single Indian Head cent carried by Dr. Samuel Teich fell to the ground and rolled under the counter in view of the owner of a rural motel. The motel owner then spent the next several hours sharing his collection with the family.
Later, on a shopping trip to Gimbel’s in New York City, Dr. Teich and his wife Beatrice stopped by the coin department. They met Robert Friedberg, bought coin albums for themselves and their three sons
Freidberg was soon selling them pieces that will now be featured in the auction. He wasn’t alone. Norman, Morton and Harvey Stack taught the Teichs the finer aspects of numismatics.
This family adventure might have been a unique situation in American numismatics, the firm says.
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The Stack’s Bowers team visited several banks where they opened bank boxes that held the family collection intact, as collected, with original coin flips and holders that had not seen the light of day in over 50 years.
For more information visit the Stack’s Bowers Galleries website, www.stacksbowers.com.