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Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection Auction Coming Jan 2023

Get ready for a BIG auction featuring magnificent U.S. gold and pattern coins from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection to be held during the Jan. 5 Florida United Numismatists show in Orlando.

The 103-coin offering includes the unique 1870-S Indian Head gold $3 piece graded Specimen 50 by Professional Coin Grading Service, which notes on the insert that the numbers 893 are engraved on the reverse. Along with many of the coins on offer, it has been known to a generation of numismatists as a core part of the exhibit at the American Numismatic Association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, since July 14, 2001. That display was dismantled this summer, and the proceeds will be used to fund philanthropic initiatives of the Harry W. Bass foundation. 

Many of the coins have been published in the book Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties, which Bass co-wrote with John Dannreuther. That book drew on Bass’s original notes as he studied his collection, and Dannreuther noted in its introduction that the book sought to continue Bass’s goal of creating a systematic treatise on the varieties and die states of early U.S. gold coins.

If you would like us to represent you during the auction for the best chance of acquiring one of these great coins, please reach out to either Jon or William to discuss.