Two spectacular and iconic rarities headline Part Four of the already world recordshattering D. Brent Pogue Collection. The most famous of these is the 1804 Silver Dollar. It is the most perfectly preserved example known, was a diplomatic gift from this country to the Sultan of Muscat, has a provenance that includes the greatest coin collector of all time, Virgil M. Brand, and was purchased by the Pogues for a world record price. The second star, also once part of the Brand collection, is the legendary and somewhat mysterious 1822 Half Eagle (five dollar gold piece). Only three have escaped the ravages of time, of which two are permanently held in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution. The Pogue coin, the finest of the three, is therefore effectively unique; the only specimen that can be privately owned.
The supporting cast of coins in Part Four is no less impressive, and two coins in particular would be the stars of any other sale. The Garrett 1795 bust Silver Dollar, is a perfectly preserved specimen striking of a design thought to have been partially designed by the great painter, Gilbert Stuart. Also of note and importance is the 1838-O Half Dollar; produced in New Orleans, it is the finest surviving specimen striking of the first half dollars made outside the Philadelphia Mint.
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