AMERICAN NUMISMATIC SOCIETY COLLECTION
David Lange writes: "In reference to the CSA half dollar and
the ANS' ownership of one, I recently went to the society's
headquarters with the expectation of viewing this piece. I
suppose I should have specified in advance what I wanted to
see, as this coin and the other major rarities in its collection
are stored offsite in a bank vault. I can understand why this
is the case, but it really took the wind out of my sails.
I did go through all the trays of colonial and early federal
coins, but in most instances the more desirable pieces were
represented by replicas or photographs. What is available for
viewing would make for a nice amateur collection, but I didn't
really see anything that I don't get to see in a typical year
working at NGC.
Let's hope that when its new building is ready for occupation
the ANS will be able to mount its rarities for public viewing.
I believe that's one of its goals in relocating."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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