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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 10, March 9, 2008, Article 11

ALAN WEINBERG ON ULTRA-RARITIES SPOTTED AT THE BALTIMORE SHOW

Alan V. Weinberg writes: "Although I have been long 'retired',
I enjoy traveling to the major shows as I always learn more
about numismatics and see things I'd never seen before or had
forgotten. Last week's Whitman Baltimore show was no exception.
I examined two startling pieces:

"The first was a mint state silver Bolen 'struck copy' of a
George Clinton NY colonial circa 1860 overstruck on a 1819
Bust quarter with much of the undertype, reeded edge  and
the 1819 date plainly visible. I believe it has now been
'placed' into a renowned New Hampshire cabinet. Its prior
pedigree was the Stack's John Ford XIV sale, May 2006.

"The second was a superb slabbed 'Specimen 67' fully prooflike
copper Washington Born Virginia which sold in the pre-Baltimore
show Stack's sale to Tony Terranova for $172,500 total with
John Agre of Wnuck/Agre the underbidder.  Tony was offering
it at a fair markup and, indeed, had been prepared to pay what
he is asking. Like a proud Poppa, he was allowing serious
numismatists to examine it and the universal reaction was
"Wow!"

"Its prior pedigree had been Stack's 1984 Richard Picker
auction at $8,500 - to Tony at that time. I had attended
the Picker sale & had acquired his superb 1792 Washington
Getz copper pattern cent, underbidding the Born Virginia
in 1984. Such treasures are priceless and once in a generation
opportunities, as is the startling story of Picker's late
1970's acquisition of the 'proof' Born Virginia. But
that's another story..."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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