The Collection will be Featured in the March 2020 Baltimore Auction
Did you know Stack’s Bowers
Galleries is featuring The Larry Ness Collection of Indian Peace Medals in our
official auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles expo?
Larry Ness was inspired by
the remarkable degree of completion that was revealed when the John J. Ford,
Jr. holdings of Indian Peace medals were offered by Stack’s in 2006 and 2007.
He set out to complete the series for himself, acquiring specimens from many
sources. Some were pieces found in past auction offerings, while others were
medals he found off the beaten path, so to speak. While this collection is not
complete as to silver originals (which would require 45 medals, including the
Seasons Medals and a Washington oval), there are remarkably 36 examples
included. Aside from Ford, we are aware of only one other collection that
contained so many, the Senter Collection in 1933, which included some
duplicates, a situation not seen in the Larry Ness Collection.
With a goal of completing the
silver series, it was only natural that various bronze issues should be
included, as they have virtually always been part of major collections. And,
since some silver medals are so rare as to be virtually impossible, bronze
examples are useful fillers. The Ness Collection of bronzes is impressive,
indeed, with many superb pieces including the important rarities of the later
Oval series. He also assembled a representative collection of French, Canadian,
and most notably, British medals. The latter group includes a remarkable pair
of prized Lion and Wolf medals. We are delighted to be able to present this
incredible collection of Peace medals, easily among the finest ever assembled.
The Larry Ness Collection
will cross the block on March 19, 2020 beginning at 3:00PM in Room 309 of the
Baltimore convention center. To request
your copy of the catalog send us an email to [email protected]