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Press Release - July 14, 2004

All-Time Finest Commemorative Registry Set To Sell at Heritage's Pittsburgh ANA Auction

Dallas, Texas: The All-Time finest set of Silver Commemoratives ever assembled will be sold by Heritage Numismatic Auctions in its official ANA Signature Auction taking place in Pittsburgh, August 18-21. The JFS Collection is the All-Time finest complete 144-piece set of Silver Commemorative circulation strikes issued between 1892-1954. The finest possible set rating has been calculated by PCGS as 67.20 points, of which the JFS Collection rates an incredible 66.96 points.

"The magnificent JFS Collection of silver commemoratives," noted Heritage President Greg Rohan, "is truly a visual treat. With such high grades, you expect the coins to be nice looking, but these colorful gems go way beyond anything anticipated. These are coins that simply must be seen - must have attention lavished upon them - in order to be fully appreciated. We cannot recommend strongly enough that specialists should attend the ANA's World's Fair of Money - lot inspection of the JFS Collection will be a rare treat. For those who cannot view in person, we will be issuing a special full-color catalog, and of course our full-color images at are incomparable."

Continued Rohan: "The entire multi-million dollar JFS Collection, which contains hundreds of additional type coins, will anchor Heritage's official summer ANA auction. Assembled by a captain of industry, the JFS Collection shows every trait you would expect in coins personally selected by a consummate connoisseur of fine art and antiques. In fact, in addition to these eye-appealing numismatic masterpieces, our consignor has also assembled and sold some of the greatest collections of antiques ever formed in other collectible fields. Many of his numismatic works of art are in the highest echelons of condition rarity."

According to the PCGS Registry website: "The 144-piece silver commemorative set includes all of the 50 different type coin commemoratives issued from 1892 through 1954, plus each date and mintmark of the multiple issues. For instance, there was only one York commemorative issued, but there were three Cincinnati commemoratives (1936-P, 1936-D, and 1936-S) and 13 different Texas commemoratives. This popular series is filled with low-mintage coins, including the lowest mintage silver coins of the 20th century."

Featured collections in Heritage's August Pittsburgh ANA Signature Sale include the Karl Scheible Collection of first year of issue coins, Part Three of the Paulsboro Collection, Part Two of the Harold W. Anderson Collection, Part Two of The Del Rio Collection; The Frank O. Fredericks Collection, Part Five; The Greenwich Collection, Part Two; The Dr. Frank Lanza Collection; The JFS Collection, Part Two; and The John Michael Stuart Collection.

Two examples are:
1938 New Rochelle MS67 PCGS
1937 Roanoke MS68 PCGS

Images, descriptions, and prices realized from past auctions are available in the Permanent Auction Archives.

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