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Press Release - February 4, 2014
Heritage Auctions Presents The Eugene H. Gardner Collection Of Rare Coins, Across Four Sales, In 2014 And 2015One of the finest collections of American silver ever assembled, more than 3,000 coins in all; first auction scheduled for June 23 at Heritage Auctions New York
Eugene H. Gardner, Sr.
Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions, inventorying the Eugene Gardner collection prior to armored transport from Lancaster, PA to Dallas, TX.
Highlights of the first auction will be on display at the Central States Numismatic Society Convention in April. Lot viewing of the entire first auction will begin at Heritage Auctions in Dallas May 1, then move to The Long Beach Coin Expo June 3-6, and then at Heritage Auctions in New York City, June 20-22. The first auction will take place the next day, June 23, in-person and live online. The second auction is slated for October, 2014 in New York.
The Eugene H. Gardner Collection is the product of a keen eye and a passion for numismatics that began in 1954 when as a college student he initiated his first collection, which was sold in 1965. His current collection is widely considered by numismatic experts to be among the finest collections of silver coinage ever assembled. The collection features complete sets of all Liberty Seated and Barber series. Highlights include: 1796 With Pole Half Cent MS61 Brown NGC; 1802 Half Dime XF45 PCGS; 1796 JR-1 Dime, MS66 PCGS (one of three or four known in the Pre-Cud Die State); 1845-O Dime MS69 PCGS; 1876-CC Twenty Cent Piece (Eliasberg) MS64 PCGS; 1823/2 Quarter PR64 NGC; 1873-CC No Arrows Quarter MS63 PCGS; 1796 15 Stars Half Dollar MS62 NGC; 1796 16 Stars Half Dollar MS64 PCGS; 1797 Half Dollar MS63 PCGS; 1838-O Half Dollar PR64 NGC; 1870-S Seated Dollar XF40 PCGS [photos available upon request].
Gardner, 78, founded the investment advisory firm that is now Gardner Russo & Gardner in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1968.
"I see these auctions as the culmination of a gratifying and absorbing collecting career," said Gardner. "It allows me to introduce my largely-completed collection to the numismatic fraternity, which is very exciting to me. I love the thought of sharing the auction experience with my family. We've really all been in this together. In fact, my grandchildren know how to get my attention by just saying, 'Opa, what new coins do you have?'"
"Gene Gardner is more than a coin collector," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "He's a numismatist who has an appreciation for the historic and aesthetic side of the hobby in addition to being one of the nicest people in numismatics, and so generous with his time and with his knowledge. Gene has created books for his personal use for many of his sets; their beautiful photographs and detailed commentaries are posted on the NGC website for all to share. Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., John Jay Pittman, and Eric P. Newman are just three of the names that appear in the provenance of coins in the Gardner Collection. Gene Gardner is a collector who appreciates the finest available coins, and his collection clearly illustrates that connoisseurship."