The Francesca Collection encompasses nearly every United
States gold series from the early Capped Bust type through Private and
Territorial issues, including Mint State and Choice Proof examples of even the
most challenging types. Also featured are select rarities from the silver
denominations such as Liberty Seated quarters, Morgan dollars, and several
Pattern issues. It was assembled throughout the second half of the 20th century
and has been held privately off the market for decades.
The gentleman who assembled this cabinet was a decorated
veteran of World War II, having served his country in the United States Air
Force. A humble and private man, his award medals and valorous service records
were only discovered after his death. His two greatest loves were said to be
his family and his collection, in that order. He was an adored father who
encouraged his children to show kindness and live honorably. He demonstrated a
similar care and passion in his collecting, the efforts of which can be found
throughout the following pages.
Many coins in the Francesca Collection were acquired from
Stack’s and our other predecessor firms, and we are thrilled to present them
once again to a new generation of collectors. Highlights include a Gem Proof
1897 $2.50, Mint State half eagles from 1811, 1813, and 1814/3, an Uncirculated
1797 Heraldic Eagle $10, and a Choice Proof 1883 $10. The coins have been just
recently certified by PCGS and NGC and are bound to draw considerable attention
from a wide variety of specialists.
The Francesca Collection will cross the block next week in
our June 2020 Auction. View lots and bid now at StacksBowers.com.