Regarding Oscar Pearl, Dave Bowers writes:
One day in the 1970s a gentleman came to my office, then in Los Angeles, and introduced himself as Oscar Pearl. I asked if he was the Oscar
Pearl whose collection of large copper cents was offered at fixed prices by Numismatic Gallery (Abe Kosoff and Abner Kreisberg) in 1944. He verified
that he was one in the same. We chatted about his earlier involvement.
Oscar began his career in New York as a banker, then went to work for Burroughs, a maker of business equipment, after which he set up a successful
dealership in used equipment. After selling his cents he continued to collect, but quietly. He moved to Italy where he became involved in some sort
of situation in which he preferred anonymity for his own safety. By the 1970s that had cleared, he was back in the United States, and all was well.
He consigned coins to us which we sold at auction. I do not recall hearing from him after that. No doubt he contacted some others as well, who may
have information today.
Harvey Stack writes:
I met Oscar Pearl in the office in New York during my apprenticeship. Though he sold his collection through Numismatic Galleries (Kosoff and
Kriesberg) he always had interest in Large Cents. He would meet Dr. Wiiliam Sheldon occasionally at Stack's, discuss the copper coins, and I
believe he contributed to Early American Cents by Sheldon, did work for the Society as a researcher, but I do not remember him much after
that. The name was legendary in Large Cents and I do remember people like Bareford, Doug Smith, Louis Werner and others of that period who considered
him as a source of information for their collections.
Thanks, guys! The 1944 Oscar Pearl sale is cited in Sheldon's bibliography. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
OSCAR PEARL AND ABE KOSOFF (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n01a16.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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