NGC to Display Proof Dollars from the BRS Legacy Collection at ANA World’s Fair of Money
Posted on 8/1/2006
The body of the exhibit consists of 30 Proof Morgan Dollars, comprising a complete date run from 1878 to 1921. Each coin was selected for the combination of its aesthetic and technical quality. Many of these coins are tied for the finest known of their issue, and the collection includes five Morgan Dollars graded PF 69, the highest grade ever assigned to a coin of this type. Other highlights include both varieties of the 1921 Proof Dollar; the 1921 Zerbe S$1 is graded NGC PF 66 Cameo and the 1921 Chapman S$1 graded NGC PF 66.
As a measure of this set’s visual appeal, it should be noted that 11 of the 30 coins have received the designation, or star designation, from NGC. The star designation is NGC’s unique identifier for coins possessing extraordinary eye appeal. For the entire Proof Morgan Dollar series, NGC has graded just 43 coins with this coveted star designation. More than a quarter of all the star-designated Proof Morgan Dollars, therefore, reside in this collection.
Mark Salzberg, Chairman of NGC, comments on the significance of this collection: “This set is a very special combination of visual appeal and overall technical quality. These attributes show the diligence of this astute collector, and make for a very impressive display. It’s hard to imagine a more compelling set of Proof Morgan Dollars.”
Also included in NGC’s exhibit of the BRS Legacy Collection is a pair of Proof Seated Liberty Dollars, dated 1866. The first coin is an 1866 No Motto graded NGC PF-63. It is one of just two known of this transitional issue, and considered to be the rarest Federal issue coin listed in the Redbook. The Motto, IN GOD WE TRUST, was added to large-size silver and gold Federal issue coinage in 1866, following the Civil War. A very limited number of presentation coins without Motto were struck.
The second in the pair is an 1866 Motto Seated Liberty Dollar graded NGC PF 69. It is the only Seated Liberty Dollar with Motto to receive this exalted grade at NGC.
The BRS Legacy Collection was assembled under the guidance of Laura Sperber, President of Legend Numismatics in Lincroft, New Jersey. “Working with BRS has been a thrill, observed Sperber. “His dedication to his sets and his eye for quality are rivaled by few collectors and dealers.” Of this display, she comments, “The fact the exhibit includes six 69’s to me is unreal, because I never would have thought it could be done. Each of those coins defies the imagination.” This exhibit is the first time that so many dollars graded NGC PF 69 have been displayed together.
The exhibit can be viewed at NGC’s booth #1114 during public hours of the ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 16-19, at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO. Images of the coins with grade information will be posted on the NGC website gallery, www.ngccoin.com/gallery/.
For more information about the ANA World's Fair of Money, please visit the ANA's website, www.money.org.
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