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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 12, March 23, 2008, Article 8

MORE ON THE DEACCESSIONING OF COINS FROM THE GARRETT COLLECTION

Alan V. Weinberg writes: "George Fuld's account of Dick Picker's
Garrett/Johns Hopkins University private acquisitions at "Redbook
price" (Gad!) was fascinating - certainly the first time this
has been in print. It goes to show how one person's story in
print can trigger the memory of another who, in turn, can write
an absolutely entrancing account.

"It is my understanding that significant early large cents -
mostly 1794's - were also acquired privately by Dick Picker
out of Garrett/JHU on behalf of another serious early copper
collector.

"I may well have ended up with a few Garrett/JHU colonials in
the early 70's via Dick Picker. In one instance, I recall
distinctly that I had a superb Maris 73aa overstruck New Jersey
cent that Dick wanted badly for his collection. I told him I
wanted a superb Massachusetts Pine Tree shilling in partial
trade. Dick promptly mailed me a Gem Uncirculated shilling.
But the Noe 8 shilling was slightly irregular on the rim and
I returned it. 'I want something better'. Right back in the
mail came a superb Uncirculated Noe 6 Pine Tree shilling,
full planchet. Yup, this'll do - you bet!

"At the time I wondered where in the world was Dick getting
such magnificent shillings? Later I guessed the source and now
I know. The Maris 73aa Jersey overstrike appeared in Picker's
collection auctioned by Stack's in 1984. I still have the
Pine Tree shilling."

[The E-Sylum is like a weekly cocktail party of some of the
greatest numismatic researchers and collectors in the world.
One overheard mention (such as Alan's original question about
the Garrett collection) often triggers some wonderful accounts
from others.  This exchange is a fine example.  Although I'd
like to think that by now I have a sixth sense about what
topics will generate a response, I'm right at best only half
the time.  Some topics I think would be sure-fire turn out to
be duds, and other thoughts mentioned almost in passing turn
out to yield fascinating follow-up discussions.  But that's
all part of the fun of numismatics.

So, at the risk of firing another dud I'd like to ask if anyone
can fill us in on other early deacquisitions from the famed
Garrett collection.  Do any of our readers have or know of 1794
cents or other Federal coins coming from the Garrett collection
through Richard Picker or other dealers prior to the landmark
Bowers sales? -Editor]

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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