The owner of the #1 ranked proof Franklin set in the NGC Certified Coin Registry, listed as the “Everest Collection,” has sold her set through Rick Tomaska, owner of R & I Coins, to a doctor in Indiana.
Sold To Client Through Rick Tomaska of R & I COINS
The owner of the #1 ranked proof Franklin set in the
NGC Certified Coin Registry, listed as the “Everest
Collection,” has sold her set through Rick Tomaska,
owner of R & I Coins, to a doctor in Indiana.
An astounding 11 of the 14 coins in this spectacular
set are either the finest known as graded by the respective
service, or tied for the finest known. The Everest Collection of Proof Franklin half dollars
also received the 2003 NGC Award for “Best Modern
its description of this collection, NGC noted, “The
average grade for this set is remarkably high, with
a consistent level of quality. The collection kicks
off with a delightful 1950 half dollar graded PF 65
STAR Ultra Cameo. Finding this level of frosting on
a 1950 is nearly impossible, yet this specimen also
received the NGC star designation for superior eye appeal.
Other dates earning the NGC star include 1955 and 1958,
both grading an impressive PF 68 STAR Ultra Cameo. No
less than four of the Everest Collection’s proof
Franklins grade a whopping PF 69 Ultra Cameo—as
fine as these coins come. Dates that merited this lofty
grade include 1956, 1960, 1962 and 1963.”
While the final sales price is confidential, Rick Tomaska
originally calculated the total of the individual coins
to be valued over $130,000.
here for details of each coin in the set along with
The original owner of the Everest Collection of Proof
Franklin halves also owns the #1 ranked NGC Registry
proof Morgan dollar and proof Barber half collections.
The owner is also entertaining offers for interested
parties of these sets.
Franklin MS67* FBL recently purchased by R &
I Coins for $20,000
Rick Tomaska commented, “The sale of the Everest
Proof Franklin half collection and the purchase of the
1951-S Franklin NGC MS 67 STAR FBL by my company, R
& I Coins, were landmark events since the collection
of this series first entered the numismatic radar screen
in the late 1980's." He added, "It is no coincidence
the rise in popularity in the Franklin half series has
occurred concurrently with the rise in popularity and
acceptance of the two pre-eminent grading services,
NGC and PCGS, for it has been through the efforts of
these unbiased third party grading services that the
true rarity of high quality proof and mint state Franklin
halves has been established and recorded.”