The American Numismatic Society writes:
"The American Numismatic Society mourns the loss of its former President and Chairman, Mr. Donald G. Partrick. His most generous support and leadership transformed the Society into the vibrant institution it is today. He will be forever one of the great leaders and collectors within the Society's distinguished history. At the request of Mr. Partrick's family, no further statements are being made at this point.”
Heritage is continuing sales of Partrick's collection - see the article elsewhere in this issue for more information on upcoming sales. In the absence of an obituary, here's a note from Pete Smith followed by an image from an earlier E-Sylum article.
Donald Groves Partrick was born on January 4, 1926. He was a real estate developer living in Huntington, New York.
On November 30, 1984, he made a presentation at the first ANS Coinage of the
Americas Conference. I asked him to autograph a 4x6 index card as one of the speakers. This is the only personal interaction I ever had with him.
When I learned of his passing I noted there was no listing for him in my book American Numismatic Biographies. It was not that I thought he was unworthy, but I had never come across biographical information about him.
I looked for an obituary or death notice and found none. I checked local funeral homes for a funeral notice and found none. There was no mention of his death in numismatic publications.
Partrick was a generous supporter of the American Numismatic Society, an active participant at ANS events and served as their president. It was the ANS that finally made the public announcement of his death.
The absence of a death notice is not the result of an oversight,
absence of close family or financial hardship.
Perhaps in this case the lack of a story becomes as interesting as the story would be.
Thanks, Pete. Partrick was a very private person. His family is continuing that practice, so little is known about him today. His work with ANS and his collection itself are his primary legacy to the hobby. We'll look forward to future sales.
Richard Margolis, Donald Partrick, Vincent Alones, John J. Ford at the
1986 Grand Central Coin Convention (Image courtesy George Cuhaj)
RIGHT: The Donald Groves sale by Stack's in November 1974.
The sale consisted of duplicates from the Donald Groves Partrick collection.
There are at least four articles or letters from Don Groves published in
the C4 Newsletter from the Colonial Coin Collectors Club.
In the Winter 1996 issue he congratulates Dan Friedus on his Higley Copper research and in another he congratulates John Kleeberg for his work on the Strawberry Cent (see another article in this issue for more on that coin).
He also recounted a friendly bidding rivalry over Connecticut coppers with George Perkins, whose collection was sold by Stack's in February 2000.
For related reading on the Newman Numismatic Portal, see:
The Donald Groves Collection of Colonial Coins and an additional consignment of United States Coins
Americana: Colonial and Federal Coins, Medals and Currency, Featuring The George C. Perkins, Esq. Collection of Connecticut Coppers, Federal Currency Proofs and Essays
To read a Coin World article suggested by Ray Williams:
Partrick’s patterns Anchor Heritage’s FUN Auction
To view all of The Partrick Collection Part I, see:
To read earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
HERITAGE TO OFFER DON PARTRICK COLONIAL COLLECTION
READERS REMEMBER RICHARD MARGOLIS
Wayne Homren, Editor
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