Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rick's Pedigree Coins – 1900/00 O/CC Top-100 VAM-9 Fitzgerald Collection

Shown below is a (the) 1900/00 O/CC Top-100 VAM-9 Fitzgerald Collection Morgan silver dollar graded by NGC as XF40.  This coin date/mintmark/variety has a population of “1” from the Fitzgerald Collection.  It recently appeared in auction and now resides in a private collection.


Anyone interested in the Fitzgerald Collection of silver dollars may find the book Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection – “The Purple Gang Set” a valuable resource.  It is available at GreatCollections ( in their book section.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Rick’s Pedigree Coins – Pedigree Coins Appearing in Book: "Rick's Legacy - Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency"

Coins appearing in my book, "Rick's Legacy - Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency" are now listed in GreatCollections auctions:

Anyone interested in any of the coins in the book should review GreatCollections auction listings.  The currency has not been consigned.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Rick's Pedigree Coins – Founders’ Edition Pedigrees from SS Republic Shipwreck

I discussed coins from the SS Republic shipwreck in an article a couple months ago and how they fit into the “pedigree collecting” world.  I also mentioned different approaches for collecting examples from this shipwreck and how I found the collection of recovered 1861-O Seated Liberty half dollar varieties as an interesting approach.  The two things I enjoy most about pedigree collecting are the stories associated with the pedigree and unique examples from the pedigree.

First, let me refresh memories on the SS Republic shipwreck:

SS Republic: The SS Republic was a Civil War-era side-wheel steamship operating between New York and New Orleans when it was lost in a hurricane on October 25, 1865. The ship contained a fortune in gold and silver coins meant to assist in the rebuilding of New Orleans after the Civil War. Discovered in 2003 off the Georgia/South Carolina coast. Authenticated and Graded by NGC.   

There is a lot more to the SS Republic story and the internet is full of articles covering the history and obstacles in the recovery.  For those interested in more details, have fun in your research.
Now back to the unique examples.  The 1861-O Seated Liberty half dollar has an amazing story having been minted by 3 governments and all being found in one shipwreck.  I thought I would never find a more interesting and unique option for collecting pedigree examples from the SS Republic, but then I stumbled upon something known as a “Founders’ Edition Set”.  As I understand it, investors in the SS Republic exploration/recovery were given priority in acquiring some of the first coins recovered from the vessel.  The coins were sealed in an NGC slab with a special label that showed the NGC certification number and also a unique number for the coin as well as the Founders’ Set population.  And to top off the Founder’s Edition Pedigree, the coins were packaged in a wooden presentation box with the name of the recipient and number of the coin.  Please see the photo’s below.         


The Founders’ Edition Set feels like it brings you one step closer to ownership in the pedigree and the story.  While the Founders’ Edition Sets are not often found in the secondary market, from time to time they do appear.  I have seen them in both Heritage Auctions and Ebay auctions.  You just have to work a little harder to find them.
So now the dilemma, do you want the 1861-O Seated Liberty varieties or the Founders’ Edition Set for your pedigree example from the SS Republic?  Here I will reference the 2003 inspiration movie “Radio” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.  When the waitress asked Radio which kind of cobbler did he want, peach or blackberry?  Without hesitation, Radio replied, “both”.  This sounds like a sound strategy for a true pedigree collector.



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Rick's Pedigree Coins – Coins by Daniel Carr - Status

Following-up on my blog post last night about Daniel Carr and the Moonlight Mint, I received the following information from the Greater Jacksonville Coin Club:

Rick: The Greater Jacksonville Coin Club has 3 limited edition medals available from GJCC. They are silver, brass, copper. Only 250 each were made by designer Daniel Carr. Proceeds benefit the club's programs.  Each medal is encapsulated and signed by the designer. For more information visit Medals will available at the FUN convention in Orlando on July 10, 2015, at table 135, or by mail. Tom Bobbitt, GJCC President.

All medals are graded MS69 by ANACS, and encapsulated with a special Moonlight Mint label signed by Daniel Carr.

  • Gold Medal, 50-gram, SOLD OUT
  • Silver Medal, smooth edge marked "ONE TROY OZ .999 SILVER", $45.00  (Limit 5)
  • Copper Medal, $20.00
  • Brass Medal, $20.00

Ordering information:

It seems like an economical investment if you want to add one of these special coins to your collection.



Friday, July 3, 2015

Rick's Pedigree Coins – Coins by Daniel Carr

From time-to-time, fellow pedigree coin collectors tell me about interesting branches of the hobby they have incorporated into their collections.  You may recall an earlier article I wrote about shipwreck coins and how one collector specialized in the 1861-O Seated Liberty half dollar varieties found in the SS Republic recovery.  Along that line I recently had a conversation with another pedigree collector and he told me how he expanded his pedigree collection into including coins/medals/tokens designed and minted by Daniel Carr.

Daniel Carr is an accomplished coin and medal designer that designed the New York and Rhode Island state quarters for the US Mint.  His design submission for the Maine state quarter was also adapted for use on that coin.  His creative talents are also shinning in the designing of coins/medals for clubs and organizations, and this is where my pedigree-collecting friend has developed an interest.  And I must admit that Mr. Carr, along with the assistance of the clients requesting his service, has designed and minted unique and attractive mementos for private organizations.

Coins/medals designed by Mr. Carr are minted at Moonlight Mint in Loveland, Colorado.  Moonlight’s heritage can be traced back to “Clark Gruber & Company”.  Yes, the same Clark Gruber & Company from the gold rush era of the 1860’s.  And adding further royalty to Moonlight’s heritage is they acquired and are still using a Grabener coin press that was manufactured for and used by the US Denver Mint from 1986 to approximately 2001.  In 2001, the press was sold in auction and Moonlight acquired the press in 2007.

In addition to the design and production of coins/medals for clubs and organizations, Mr. Carr has produced fantasy coins (rare US coins and the speculated 1964-D and 1965-D Peace dollars), Clark Gruber coins and mementos, treasure cobs, hard time tokens and other unique specialty items.  A complete listing can be found on their website.

However, my pedigree-collecting friend limited his focus to numismatic associations and coin clubs because of the beautiful and unique designs developed for each organization.  A listing of those along with production figures can be found at:  

Shown below are examples of the medals produced for the Jacksonville, Florida coin club.  They were all graded and authenticated by ANACS and Daniel Carr personally autographed each label.




 Note:  All photo’s courtesy of GreatCollections Auctions (

My friend admitted that finding examples from the various organizations are sometimes a challenge because of the low populations and has had to employ some non-traditional avenues to track the coins down.  Some suggestions he had are:

1.)    Local coin shows in the area where the coin clubs/associations reside.

2.)    When you attend larger/national coin shows, check dealers from the area you are targeting.

3.)    Call coin shops in the city where the organization is located.

4.)    Contact the organization.

5.)    Good old Ebay.

6.)    GreatCollections Auctions.

Information about Moonlight Mint and Daniel Carr was taken from the below listed websites:
Pedigree coin collectors may want to look into adding a Daniel Carr designed coin to their collections.