The D. Brent Pogue Collection — The Most Valuable U.S. Coin Collection Ever Sold

Dear Dave, Larry and Chris,

I am writing to share with you my appreciation for everything you and Stack’s Bowers Galleries did leading up to the extraordinary auction presentation of the D. Brent Pogue Collection.

Going back many years, I have certainly enjoyed the interface I have had with you and your firm. I remember fondly when I attended your sale of the Louis E. Eliasberg Collection of United States Gold Coins in 1982, by which time you had been close advisors for many other sales. By virtue of your friendship, expertise, and personal service, I feel I have been at the heart of the collecting community. You placed me and my family’s interests front and center as I attended and participated in landmark auctions offering some of the greatest collections of all time. As we enthusiastically pursued rarities, it soon became obvious that the D. Brent Pogue Collection would rank among these renowned cabinets. How wonderful that it now stands as the most valuable collection of coins ever to cross the auction block, a world’s record.

Some feel that the financial result of an auction consignment is the most important aspect of the transaction. However, equally important is the professionalism and unique client interface that you and your firm excel at providing. The phenomenally successful series of sales for the D. Brent Pogue Collection relied on hundreds of details that needed to be balanced and planned for. Many things had to be “just right” to accomplish what you did over the three-year period. Dozens of hours were devoted to making sure every aspect was perfect, both in person and on the phone. Looking back, I would not change a single aspect of the catalog presentation or the experience in the auction gallery.

I thank you for all you have done for me and my family, and I look forward to what the numismatic hobby has for all of us in the future!

The Joel R. Anderson Collection — The Most Valuable U.S. Currency Collection Ever Sold

Dear Dave, Chris and Peter,

I would like to express heartfelt gratitude to you and your team for the wonderful presentation that brought my cherished collection of large size federal currency to market. It was quite a few years ago that my collecting interest broadened to include paper money after spending decades collecting United States and world coins. I set out to build a collection of large size currency by design type. This endeavor brought me decades of enjoyment, including acquiring many finest known examples as they came available through auction or private treaty.

It was a bittersweet moment when I realized that it was time to present the collection to the current generation of collectors. It was important to me that the collection not only realize strong market prices, but also be showcased in a way that memorialized my favorite collection. The catalogs needed to be works of numismatic art and expertise. This meant only one thing: Dave Bowers and the award-winning team at Stack’s Bowers Galleries.

From the beginning you and your firm exhibited the ultimate in professionalism, providing superb advice every step of the way. You examined the collection and determined how participation could be maximized by dividing the notes to showcase rarities in a series of landmark events. Each catalog was extraordinary in scholarly presentation, beautiful photographs and artwork, making them reference works for years to come. Worldwide marketing with numerous displays, press events and special private viewings assured maximum exposure to the right bidders. A finer, more comprehensive program to showcase and memorialize my collection could not be imagined!

The auctions themselves were professionally run and harnessed the additional participation that comes with a major numismatic convention venue. It was a pleasure having my family attend the events with me and enjoy the spirited competition both in the room and on your Internet live bidding platform. The outstanding personal service you provided to me and to the participants certainly contributed to the bottom line results.

When all was said and done, price records were set every step of the way. I was delighted to see the enthusiasm of new buyers for what they had just acquired.

Once again, thank you for all you’ve done for me and for all Stack’s Bowers Galleries does for the numismatic community with your ongoing landmark auction sales. I look forward to seeing each of you and members of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries team as our paths cross in the future. Once a collector, always a collector!

I truly appreciate…Stack’s doing a great job maximizing value and making it so easy for us to sell our coins through you. Very pleased.
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I am writing you today to express my sincere thanks to you and your staff at Stacks Bowers for the superb job that you all did on my consignment to your Baltimore sale. I believe that virtually all my coins got the best possible exposure to the bidders that participate in your auctions. My consignment brought prices that met or exceeded my expectations in almost every case. Read More...
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I had a great experience with this business, from the very first email contact to the concluded transaction. I made plans to have a couple of coins evaluated, and I was treated fairly and respectfully. The process was easy and I chose to sell the coins (and some bullion) to them. I was happy with my compensation. I witnessed similarly respectful customer service toward walk-in buyers. I highly recommend Stacks Bowers. Read More...
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[Your] catalogue is required reading for every serious numismatist. It will be the gold standard of cataloguing for generations to come.
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I was able to acquire over 50 shell cards and also some other hard time, merchant, and civil war tokens I couldn’t resist. This online auction was set up and performed with exceptional quality and professionalism, a tribute I believe that reflects your administrative skills, as well as intimate knowledge of collector’s attributes as well as eccentricities. Read More...
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