1802 HALF DIME UPDATE
Board Member Joel Orosz had a few tidbits for David
Davis' research: "In the Cohen sale (1875), the buyer was
Herman Ely at $23.00."
"In the Levick sale (1859), my priced and named copy says
the buyer was "Wilson", and the price was a munificent $1.80.
Of course, Cogan did describe it as "poor". I assume that
"Wilson" was Rathmel Wilson, of Wilmington, Delaware. He
was a buyer in the Lewis Roper sale of 1851, and purchased,
from the grandnephew of Charles Thomson, the Nova
Constellatio mark and quint. See Bowers, History of U.S.
Coinage, pp. 134-35, and Garrett 1, lots 620 and 621."
Joel's report presents a problem, since others have reported
that their catalogs record the lot as a no sale. Hmmm.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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