Alan V. Weinberg writes:
I remember New Jersey collector/vest pocket dealer David L. Dokus well (having been a reasonably close friend and having visited his home often) Dave was a frequent owner of superb early American coins back in the early 1960's. Perhaps his closest friend was collector Ken Morrison of New Jersey colonial copper fame.
At one particular time Dave had a nice Higley, a choice red & brown Unc Vermont cent, the New England stiver and an Immune Columbia / eagle New York colonial pattern (now 2 known), all acquired out of a famous New Jersey colonial collection. Both the stiver and the NY pattern were said at the time to be fantasies and Dave was devastated by this singular condemnation.
I was by then (early to mid 1960's) a serious colonial coin collector and expressed my view that both coins were in fact legitimate. But they had been "poisoned" in the marketplace by their fantasy condemnation.
Dave has long since passed on but my best guess is that these coins may have ended up in Bill Anton's collection as Bill knew Dave well and lived relatively close by. And no, Bill was not the person who condemned the two coins.
Well, now we have a second witness testifying that David Dokus once had the stiver. But still no proof of where it is today, although Anton's collection is as good a guess as any. Someday the piece may return to the market.