Heritage Auctions to Sell The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of Rare Coins

Eugene H. Gardner's current collection is widely considered by numismatic experts to be among the finest collections of silver coinage ever assembled.

Heritage Auctions announces the sale of the rare coin collection of Eugene H. Gardner, to be sold in four unreserved auctions to take place in New York in 2014 and 2015.

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.

1837 Liberty Seated Dime NGC MS 68

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. NGC-certified highlights include: 1796 With Pole Half Cent NGC MS 61 BN, 1804 Quarter NGC MS 63, 1823/2 Quarter NGC PF 64, 1796 15 Stars Half Dollar NGC MS 62, 1838-O Half Dollar NGC PF 64, 1872-S Half Dollar NGC MS 67, 1845 Dollar NGC PF 66, 1846 Dollar NGC PF 66, 1848 Dollar NGC PF 66 Cameo, 1870-CC Dollar NGC MS 64, and 1872-CC Dollar NGC MS 64.

1853/53 No Arrows Liberty Seated Quarter NGC MS 63

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.

Eugene H. Gardner is the top ranked collector in the NGC Registry, a free, online tool to build sets and compete against other collectors for awards and recognition. Click here to view Gardner’s NGC Registry sets.

Among the many NGC-certified highlights of the Eugene H. Gardner Collection listed in the NGC Registry:

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