This is one of my favorite stories. I live about 45 minutes from the location of the find. It's too bad the coins were Hallmarked. I'm not sure of the exact farm the coins were found on, but a little history on the area. Most of the farms (about 95%) folded in the 1950's. The farmland on the vacant farms has grown to woods. I am a logging contractor, and I do a lot of timber stand improvements on these old farms. Sometimes you have to look hard to make out what happened 100 to 150 years ago. There's a vast amount of old stone walls and wells. The wells are circular about 30 feet deep with a stone shell. Most are uncovered so, extreme caution is necessary. It's amazing the amount of work the farmers did back then with no machinery.
I always keep my eyes open for a hoard of old coins.
#1666974 - 05/10/0710:51 AMRe: Please name, and give a brief history, of great coin hoards...
ArchitechtArchitecht We apologise again for the fault in the moderation. Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked.
It's POSSIBLE that your competitive spirit has displaced your sense of courtesy.
Loc: Chicago area
What do you guys think about moving this to the WYNK folder? It can still be replied to there.
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#1666976 - 05/13/0702:33 PMRe: Please name, and give a brief history, of great coin hoards...
WoodenJeffersonWoodenJefferson I have nothing to add or subtract, I am merely here.
Loc: In the minds of many
Although this might not fit the specturm of true hoards, it does however historically fit into great collections.
The Garrett Collection
Short for the Garrett family. The two main collectors, Thomas H. Garrett and John W. Garrett, formed this extensive collection from the late 1800s through the early 1900s. Later, it was given to Johns Hopkins University and was sold in five auction sales. This provenance on a numismatic item is as coveted as an Eliasberg pedigree.
Born July 31, 1820 Baltimore, Maryland Died September 26, 1884 Deer Park, Maryland (in a carriage accident)
The Garrett Collection was an old-time holding collection of Gold, Silver, Copper Nickel Pattern coins which was begun in the 1860s by T. Harrison Garrett, whose father was the main figure in the operation of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and continued into the 1930s by T. Harrison's son, John Work Garrett, who as a profession followed a distinguished diplomatic career.
Among many exceptional rare coins in this collection were all three varieties of the Brasher Doubloon, long considered the most desirable American coin by many authorities. The Garrett collection was the only collection to ever include all three varieties of the Brasher Doubloon. Top price honors went to a 1787 Brasher gold doubloon which was sold for more than any other coin had brought up to that time: $725,000, a world's record that stood for nearly a decade.
The History of U.S. Coinage as Illustrated by the Garrett Collection, including four auction catalogues with spectacular sales during 1979-81 and a lot of publicity, it all added up to a realization of $25 million when the coins finally crossed the block in auction sales which were held in New York City and in Los Angeles, California.
also note worthy:
Posted at 2/16/2005 1:42:52 PM
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation is pleased to announce that it has recently graded and encapsulated the famous Garrett specimen of the 1804 silver dollar. Dubbed the “King of American Coins,” the coin has resided in the Laura Sommer Collection for many years.
Graded PF-55 by NGC, this coin’s last public appearance was a quarter century ago. It was featured as Lot 698 in Bowers & Ruddy Galleries’ auction sale of the Garrett/Johns Hopkins University Collection in March 1980. An example of the Class III 1804 dollar, it is a U. S. Mint-made restrike from the mid-19th Century and one of only six examples known.
With an impressive pedigree, this 1804 silver dollar first surfaced in 1875 in the possession of John Haseltine, who is believed to have discreetly placed it with an Austrian auction house to mask its recent Mint origin. It was acquired by O. H. Berg at that time, and for many years it was known as the Berg Specimen. George W. Cogan purchased the 1804 dollar in Haseltine’s 1883 auction of the Berg Collection for placement with his client, railroad baron T. Harrison Garrett. Upon Garrett’s untimely death in 1888, the coin passed to his son, Robert, who later traded it to brother John in 1919. It was included in the estate of John Work Garrett as willed to the Johns Hopkins University in 1942. The coin remained with the university until the entire coin collection was sold in four spectacular sales during 1979-81.
Class III - New reverse, lettered edge 10. The Berg - Garrett Specimen, called "EF" by Breen 11. The Adams - Carter Specimen, called "EF, cleaned" by Breen 12. The Davis - Wolfson Specimen, called "EF, cleaned" by Breen 13. The Linderman - DuPont Specimen, now on display at the headquarters of the American Numismatic Association 14. The Rosenthal - ANS Specimen, called "VF, nicked" by Breen 15. The Idler - Bebee Specimen, called "EF, rubbed and scratched" by Breen, now on display at the headquarters of the American Numismatic Association