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Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / Thursday, October 12, 2017 / Categories: Did You Know?

Did you know Stack's Bowers Galleries is offering the Alexander Collection at our upcoming Official Auction of the Whitman Coins and Collectibles Winter Expo? There are numerous rare Proof gold coins, including a complete set of 1900 issues as well as an impressive offering of quarter eagles. Also noteworthy are two beautiful 1907 High Relief double eagles by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, rarities that span from Proof two-cent pieces to early dollars, and a particularly attractive 1795 half eagle – one of the nation's first gold coins. Our auction will take place November 8-10, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. 

The Alexander Collection

The Alexander Collection of United States coins belonged to a man who was brought to the United States as a young boy by his immigrant parents at the end of the 19th century. Like so many others they came in search of new opportunities, and their son, Alexander, was taught to appreciate his adopted country and hold it dear. He was proud to join the United States Navy and afterward started a family business, working tirelessly through the Great Depression to ensure its success.

He began collecting his coins in the 1920s. His days were spent tending to his business, but his evenings were usually dedicated to enjoying and maintaining his coin and stamp collections, both of which mainly consisted of United States issues. Coin collecting became a lifelong hobby for this highly patriotic man. He was a regular client of Stack's, buying many of his high quality 1930s silver commemoratives through them. He also bought coins from Abe Kosoff, B. Max Mehl, Frank Katen, Hollinbeck Coin Company, Joseph Barnet, Green's, and other prominent dealers.

Alexander bought the coins, enjoyed them and cared for them until his passing more than a half-century ago. The collection has remained intact until the present time, and now a new generation of collectors has the opportunity to enjoy these distinctively American artifacts lovingly collected by a passionately patriotic American.