Dave Bowers forwarded this note about his recent purchase of a portion of the spectacular Tanenbaum Collection of Civil War tokens. The images here are stock photos, not items from the collection.
In March Dave Bowers and Steve Hayden made an outright purchase of the Steve Tanenbaum Collection of Civil War tokens from the Tanenbaum Estate. The collection was divided, and Dave acquired the states of Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee.
Steve Tanenbaum was a leading dealer and scholar in the series from the inception of his interest in the 1960s until his unfortunate passing in 2011. These are the tokens he selected for his personal reference collection. The vast majority of them are in Mint State (!) and within the assigned grades virtually all are "high end," the finest of their kind.
Dave has calculated the prices by a formula based on extrapolating his cost. The tokens, nearly all one of a kind in the estate, are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to prior sale. Those certified by NGC bear the Tanenbaum Collection notation on the holder and, as appropriate, past owners. Those not in holders will be sent with a certificate signed by me attesting they are from the Steve Tanenbaum Collection.
A photograph of each will be taken, furnishing a permanent record of the pedigree. Postage and insurance will be added to invoices. Any item not satisfactory, if purchased at the price listed (not otherwise negotiated), can be returned without explanation for a full refund within 10 days of receipt. It is anticipated that at a later date certain items will be consigned to auction with Stack's Bowers Galleries, which has a fine track record in the token field, including the Lindesmith, Dice-Hicks, Ford, Bleviss, and other cabinets over a period of time.
"To my knowledge the present Steve Tanenbaum Collection offering is absolutely unique in the annals of numismatics. The estate involved well into seven figures. I have catalogued and priced so far the tokens from Connecticut alphabetically to New York State as far as part way through New York City. Many pieces are R-10 (unique), including hitherto unpublished varieties."
If you'd like a list by e-mail, send Dave a note at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, e-mail address, and postal address and he will send it to you with his compliments.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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