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Heritage to sell Partrick coins

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The Donald G. Partrick Collection of Extraordinary United States Colonials will be sold by Heritage Auctions starting with Part I at the Florida United Numismatists Convention auction Jan. 7-10, 2015, in Orlando.

Other sales will be conducted in 2015 and 2016 at the American Numismatic Association conventions and the 2016 FUN convention.


The famous Higley "WHEELE GOES ROUND" copper colonial makes an appearance at the auction.

“This series of auctions is unprecedented in numismatics,” said Jim Halperin, co-founder of Heritage Auctions.

“This is an incredible grouping of coins, the likes of which we won’t see again,” he said.

“The name of Donald Groves Partrick is well known to Colonial collectors and his cabinet is second to none in the field,” said Mark Borckardt, senior cataloger for Heritage Auctions.

“His collection also includes an unparalleled assemblage of 1792 U.S. Mint patterns and coinage of the Confederacy.”

Part I of the collection includes 12 U.S. Mint patterns of 1792, a total that far exceeds the nine examples in the Garrett Collection auctions, the eight examples in the Norweb Collection sales, and the seven examples held in the Smithsonian Institution.

Also included in Part I are 12 Continental dollars, including two of the four known silver examples. A third will be offered in a later auction. Among the dozen pieces are examples of all seven die varieties, in all known metals, the only complete set ever formed.

An 1861 Confederate half dollar pedigreed to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

An 1861 Confederate half dollar pedigreed to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Massachusetts silver is represented in the first sale by six NE shillings, five Willow Tree pieces, 40 Oak Tree coins and more than 50 Pine Tree coins, while seven Higley coppers in the collection include six different varieties, among which is the famous and unique “WHEELE GOES ROUND” copper. Maryland collectors will be intrigued by the offering of 10 Lord Baltimore coins, six Chalmers pieces and a Standish Barry threepence.

There is a nearly 30-strong grouping of New York coppers, including five Confederatio coppers and 11 Immune or Immunis Columbia coppers.

Coinage of the Confederate states includes one of the four known original Confederate half dollars, pedigreed to Jefferson Davis. A “Jefferson Davis dime” is also pedigreed to the Confederate president.

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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