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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 34, August 23, 2009, Article 4

NEW BOOK: AUCTION APPEARANCES & PRICES REALIZED FOR EARLY U.S QUARTERS

Steve Tompkins forwarded this press release about his latest book. -Editor

Laid out in a similar format as the AMBPR for Bust Halves by Stephen Herrman, this AAPR lists over 5200 Bust Quarters from 1796 - 1838 by die marriage and in all grades, for as much as the last 15 years, that have appeared at auction, and their prices realized.

Auction House, Lot #, Date of the sale, Grade, TPG service, Slab certification #, and the price realized will be included as well as comments delineating problems mentioned and previous auction appearances.

The current plan is to produce an annual update unless demand dictates a need for a Bi-annual issue.

Tompkins, Bust Quarters Prices Price: $25.00 (Postage Paid)

Please send payment to:

Steve Tompkins
P.O. Box 1946
Sequim, WA 98382

Or feel free to e-mail with any questions: smt115@aol.com

Steve adds:

While working on my Bust Quarter book (published in 2008), I attempted to compile a condition census for all of the Bust Quarter die marriages. I spent many hours pouring through auction catalogs and through online auction archives from the major auction houses. What I found truly amazed me. I knew that Bust Quarters were much rarer than many of their other bust series brethren, but not only were they rare overall, they were conditionally rare as well. In fact, many times I found that the same coin would appear multiple times at multiple auction houses and even in different Third Party Graded (TPG) slabs, sometimes at different grade levels.

While going through everything, I kept wishing that someone had an up to date list of auction appearances that I could gather the information from, such as the Auction & Mail Bid Prices Realized for Bust Halves 1794 - 1839 (or AMBPR) published bi-annually by Steve Herrman for the last 16 years. This is a tremendous compilation that is chock full of great information for the collector. Once I had compiled the data to produce a reasonable condition census (including pieces I knew other collectors owned), I decided to try and produce a similar compilation for the Bust Quarters.

While Herrman’s AMBPR only covers the R-4 and above die marriages due to the larger amount of Bust Halves in the marketplace, I decided to include every die marriage and every grade of Bust Quarters sold at auction, at least for the last 5 years in my work. To keep the length reasonable however, I have set forth certain criteria.

Although I have an extensive library of auction catalogs, I am sure there are coins that have been missed. It would be very much appreciated if anyone can provide any additional information for the next issue.



Wayne Homren, Editor

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