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The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part  9

The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 9

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Collecting United States gold coins became very popular in the 1980s and early 1990s. Reed Hawn felt this would be something new to try and as with his other collections he chased rarity and quality.

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The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part  8

The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 8

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

The name of Reed Hawn has become legendary. Collectors were amazed that during his life he was able to amass a fine collection, sell it, and then start all over again with the goal of outdoing what he had accomplished before. In this part of the story I will continue reviewing the collection he built in the 20 years after he sold his primary collection through Stack’s in 1973. 

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The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part  7

The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 7

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

As we review the contents of the Reed Hawn Collection which Stack's sold in 1993, it becomes obvious that he concentrated on United States silver coins, although he did assemble a fine cabinet of gold coins. Reed continued to search for different issues in high quality and he enthusiastically acquired those he had not included in his earlier collection embracing different challenges. It was exciting for him to "fill the holes." 
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The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 6

The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 6

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Stack’s 1993 sale of the Reed Hawn Collection had one of most extensive offerings of choice, rare and pedigreed coins gathered by a single numismatist to be sold in that decade. Reed Hawn’s earlier collection also had great rarities and high quality pieces, but in gathering the first collection Reed had increased his skills in grading and finding great eye appeal. 
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The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 5

The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 5

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Twenty years later Reed Hawn, who had gained fame as a collector as a result of his major auction sale of 1973, brought to Stack's his newly formed collection of rare coins to sell at public auction. This sale took place in New York at the Park Central Hotel, where Stack’s held many public auctions. The sale dates were October 13 and 14, 1993. 
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The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 4

The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 4

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

In the first three parts of the story of the Reed Hawn Collection I have described the man and his father, and the pains they took in forming an important collection, which Stack's was privileged to auction.

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The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 3

The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 3

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

The extent of varieties and completeness of the Reed Hawn Collection show that man’s dedication. Reed Hawn dedicated himself to specialization, as with his half dollar collection, 1794 to 1947 as described in the previous part of this article. But, he was also interested in other series that were easier to complete. During the 1960s and 1970s there were many great coins available either through dealers’ inventories or major auction sales. 
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The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 2

The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 2

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

The Reed Hawn Collection of United States Coins was outstanding, an assemblage not duplicated for many years. The items were carefully acquired, after years of research, from the many great collections that were marketed during that time. The Reed Hawn Collection featured a superb offering of U.S. coins from the small cent to the silver dollar with the half dollar series being among the choicest to be offered in that period. 

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