Don Coley submitted these thoughts on Louis Eliasberg and the Stack's H.R. Lee sale catalog.
I would like to add to the discussion on Louis Eliasberg, and specifically the H.R. Lee collection.
First, I would like to add a thank you to Q. David Bowers for fueling my personal interest in learning more about Eliasberg and his collection.
Over the years, I have learned quite a bit from his works, and so much from other notes and material he has shared on LEE, and Clapp.
It was after reading his book on Louis Eliasberg that I obtained a catalog of the H.R. Lee Collection!
My interest in Louis Eliasberg and his collection began when as a 15 year old, I visited the Smithsonian Exhibit during the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. I can still recall the entrance door at the museum which referenced the collection, and my amazement with the collection on display. This was the first of many memorable trips to the Smithsonian over the years.
Another thanks to Harvey Stack, and Stack's as I visited his shop while in town for a press event in New York City in the 1990's, after having been dormant in collecting pursuits for many years . The state quarters program which he championed, has brought so many new people into the hobby.
This visit began to rekindle my interest, and I can remember receiving the 1996 auction catalog as a result of this visit and a brief discussion at the gallery.
I am enclosing a scan of the H.R. Lee Gold Collection Catalog, which Stack's sold October 2, 3,and 4 of 1947, not 1949. Noted in the catalog are a 1894-S dime and an 1875 Three Dollar Gold piece.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
MORE ON THE COMPLETENESS OF LOUIS ELIASBERG'S U.S. COIN COLLECTION
Saul Teichman writes:
With regard to the Eliasberg completion discussion, I was also told that story about the 1866-S double eagle by Dave Bowers.
To me the most glaring omission in the collection was an 1839 Type 2 eagle.
What is surprising tome is that Eliasberg kept Clapp's patterns, an area he made no attempt to add to.
As for the selling of his duplicates, in many cases Stack's sold the higher graded coin. It would be interesting to hear from
Harvey as to the agreement Stacks made with Eliasberg regarding this.
Nick Graver writes:
I realized that not many readers would have known Louis Eliasberg.
You could run a picture from that Baltimore newspaper showing him with his collection in front of the vault door.
Where else might readers ever see him?
Good suggestion. Luckily, I was able to find a copy of that image on the Collector's Universe site.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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