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Stack’s Bowers Presents Further Pieces from the D. Brent Pogue Collection for Baltimore Auction

On. Jan. 22, Stack’s Bowers Galleries announced Part VI and Part VII of the D. Brent Pogue Collection that will be offered at their Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo from March 19-20.

The Pogue Collection is known as an assembly of early American coins from 1792 through the 1830s. The five sales already completed featured this portion of the collection, almost to completion, with notable additions such as the collection of $3 gold coins. Those apparent outliers were a foreshadowing of the upcoming sale scheduled for March 18-20, 2020, in Baltimore, Md.

Part VI of the D. Brent Pogue Collection will showcase his paper money collection comprising approximately 230 notes encompassing the areas of large size type notes, small size type notes and National currency. Many of the notes in the collection are among the finest examples known for their types. The collection was also assembled with an appreciation for serial number 1 notes and rare “Star” replacement notes.

Among the notes in the collection is the single finest graded $100 “Baby Watermelon Note.” The Fr.377 1890 $100 Treasury Note is graded Choice Uncirculated 63-EPQ and sits atop the PMG census as the only uncirculated example of the type. In addition to the 1890 $100, the cabinet also includes the second finest PMG graded Fr.376 1891 $50 Treasury Note, designated Choice Uncirculated 64-EPQ.

The finest known “Spread Eagle” 1863 $100 Legal Tender Note will also be offered in the D. Brent Pogue Collection sale, an Fr.167a graded Gem Uncirculated 65-EPQ. It is one of just two notes from all three Friedberg numbers that PMG has graded in the uncirculated range. A Fr.342 1880 $100 Silver Certificate from the collection is graded Gem Uncirculated 65-EPQ. The collection also includes the only PMG-certified uncirculated large size $500 Gold Certificate, an Fr.1216b 1882 $500 Gold Certificate that has achieved the lofty grade of Gem Uncirculated 65-EPQ.

Fr. 167a. 1863 $100 Legal Tender Note. PMG Gem Uncirculated 65EPQ.
The Finest Known. Image courtesy Stack’s Bowers

Additionally, the D. Brent Pogue Collection contains two First Charter National Currency notes from the First National Bank of Lincoln, Ill., Ch. #2126. The pair is made up of a serial number 1 Fr.449 1875 $50 and a serial number 1 Fr.462 1875 $100, both graded PMG AU-55. They represent the only First Charter serial number 1 $50 and $100 notes known to exist.

Part VII of the D. Brent Pogue Collection continues with other coin series which Brent collected quietly for his own enjoyment. This sale presents these areas of interest and displays far more diversity than has come to be expected from this collection. This sale includes pieces worth from hundreds of dollars to millions.

Rare American historic medals make a small appearance, led by a pair of prized Libertas Americana medals, one in silver and one in bronze. The inclusion of these in the Pogue Collection points to an appreciation of history and medallic art as well as pure numismatics.

The coins range widely from small selections of superb half cents, led by a Red and Brown 1796 With Pole in MS-66, to small cents including affordable classics such as a 1909-S V.D.B. cent graded MS-66RB (PCGS). Even a modern 1960 Small Date cent graded MS-67RD (PCGS) is included. These are the beginnings of a basic type set, and representatives of many denominations are included. Thus, two-cent and three-cent pieces, half dimes, nickels, dimes, and 20-cent pieces follow. In each category, classic rarities will be found, as will basic type coins such as 1916 dimes, both Philadelphia and Denver issues in superb condition.

With the United States quarters, the dynamic changes, as this was clearly a Pogue favorite. Following a small selection of Liberty Seated pieces comes a collection of Barber coins. The collection is visually stunning, loaded with magnificent rarities, and even includes the occasional duplicate; there are two examples of the 1901-S, one MS-66+ (PCGS) and one MS-67+ (PCGS).

The offering of Standing Liberty quarters is extensive, though not quite complete, and includes coins in a wide range of value from a 1929-S in MS-66+ (PCGS) to the famous 1918/7-S overdate in MS-65 (PCGS). Washington quarters follow, with a collection that is visually impressive and has spectacular toning found throughout. All are graded by PCGS and with rare exceptions are ranked as MS-66 or MS-67.

For half dollars and dollars, partial type sets feature high-quality coins, examples of which run the gamut from a 1964-D Kennedy half dollar in MS-66+ (PCGS) to an 1804 silver dollar. The Pogue Collection included three examples of this most famous American coin. In this sale, Stack’s Bowers Galleries offering again the famous Garrett specimen. As famous as this coin is, it is but one of the highlights of this sale.

Gold coins deliver even more important properties, with small selections of each denomination from gold dollars to double eagles. These begin with an 1849 gold dollar graded MS-67 (PCGS), and close with a 1927-S Saint-Gaudens double eagle graded MS-67 (PCGS). In between there are quarter eagles (including an 1841 Little Princess graded Proof-64 Cameo), a $3 piece (an 1878 graded MS-67 by PCGS), a $4 piece (an 1879 Flowing Hair graded Proof-66 Cameo by PCGS), $5 coins (including a 1911-S in PCGS MS-66) and both the Wire Rim and Rolled Rim Indian eagles, each graded MS-67 by PCGS.

One of D. Brent Pogue’s most prized accomplishments was his complete set of 1854-S gold coins. Like the rest of this sale, even this group represents great diversity in value, ranging from the 1854-S $10 in AU-58 (PCGS) to one of the rarest coins in the entire American series, the finest known example of the legendary 1854-S half eagle. It is attractive and graded AU-58+ by PCGS. It has not been offered publicly since the October 1982 sale of the United States Gold Coin Collection, formed by Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Just 268 examples were struck, and this is the very best of the tiny group that survives today.

Finest Known 1854-S Liberty Head Half Eagle AU-58+ (PCGS) CAC. Images courtesy Stack’s Bowers

Rounding out Part VII are some pattern coins, including famous types such as a Gem Shield Earring quarter graded Proof-65+ (PCGS), a Schoolgirl dollar graded Proof-65 (PCGS), a Washlady half dollar graded Proof-67 Cameo (PCGS), and an 1852 Ring dollar in gold graded Proof-65 by PCGS.

The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part VI, Masterpieces of United States Paper Money will be offered on the evening of Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo. It will be followed on Friday evening, March 20, 2020, by The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part VII, Masterpieces of United States Coinage. For more information contact Christine Karstedt at ckarstedt@stacksbowers.com or visit the firm’s website StacksBowers.com.

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