Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is associating with heritage auctions to certify one of the most famous coin collections assembled in the last 50 years.
Heritage Auctions has selected PCGS to grade and encapsulate hundreds of cabinet coins. Harry W Bass, Jr., a philanthropic collector who built one of the largest coin collections in history. Following Bass’s death at the age of 71 in 1998, his collection was bequeathed to the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Money Museum, where its coins were exposed to the public for two decades. Heritage Auctions is now offering his legendary cabinet and the net proceeds from the sale benefit many dallas-area charities that Bass supported.
“This is a truly unique opportunity for collectors to add to their collections a series of unique and extremely rare coins that until recently were thought by private collectors to be virtually untouchable.” commented the president of PCGS Stephanie Sabin. “Among the featured rarities to be auctioned is the 1870-S $3 Indian princesscoin that was recorded as a single mintage according to the superintendent of the San Francisco Mint at the time. We are delighted to encapsulate this treasure and all others from the Harry W. Bass, Jr. collection. Our encapsulation of these coins will protect their heritage and value for generations to come.”
“The sheer magnitude of rarity installed in this collection is simply unmatched,” observed Todd ImhofExecutive Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “We’re not just talking about ultra-rarities like the 1870-S $3, but a virtually complete collection of all known varieties of early United States gold coins, a complete collection of gold coins from 1795 to 1933, and many rare United States coins. pattern coins. It is truly unfathomable what this collection offers. Heritage Auctions is proud to have the opportunity to offer this incredible collection of coins to the public in what is sure to become one of the most historic auctions ever held.”
Executive Director of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation David Calhoun commented on the lasting impact the sale of this collection will have on the community his organization serves.
“The sale of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection will positively impact countless lives in the Dallas area, the place Harry called home for so many years and was so close to his heart. Proceeds from the sale of the Harry W. Bass Collection will provide tens of millions of dollars to Dallas-area 501(c)(3) organizations that support research, education, health, civics, the arts, science and many other causes that enrich the lives of Texans.”
The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection kicks off with the first Core Collection sale September 29-October 1, 2022. Part I of Auction #1353 will take place at long beach exposure In the south California, with fervent online bidding and standing room crowds expected. For more information on the sale of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, visit www.HA.com.
For more information about the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation, visit hbrf.org.