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Press Release - October 23, 2002

The Robert Tarr, Sr. Collection To Anchor Heritage FUN 2003 Signature Auction

Dallas, TX.: A marvelous collection of Dollars and other type coins assembled by Robert Tarr, Sr., will be anchoring Heritage's FUN 2003 Signature Sale, taking place Jan 8-11 in Orlando. Some 45 years in the making, this impressive assemblage reflects the consignor's dedication to numismatics as "an educational hobby of history." As Mr. Tarr explained: "I started collecting as a young man, when completing a set of Lincoln cents was the least expensive way to start collecting coins." He enjoyed searching through bags of cents to fill album holes, and soon discovered that "as each hole got filled, there was that much more incentive to finish the collection while researching the coins and mints." He graduated to searching bags of silver dollars, often going through several bags each week looking for quality coins and rare dates. Silver Dollars remain his all-time favorite coin (especially prooflike strikings). When he "began to buy more expensive coins, many were purchased from Steve Ivy and Jim Halperin, when they were still young men." Some duplicates from Mr. Tarr's collection were sold at Heritage's Santa Clara Signature event.

Starting in the printing business at the age of 17, Mr. Tarr organized his own shop at 26, and Reliable Printing has since grown to be Baltimore's most successful printer. Over the decades, he and his lovely wife Elaine have traveled around the world, and also enjoy golfing and skiing together. Mr. Tarr remains a true collector at heart, and has never lost his fascination for the coins and their stories. While he was aware that there would be a financial reward in the future, he always collected coins for the sheer enjoyment that he experienced, "for the intrigue, the learning, the challenge, and the camaraderie." Early in his collecting he took seriously the advice to always pursue the best quality that he could afford, and his "whole life has been predicated on that same premise. It's now time to let someone else enjoy the beauty of my coins. I've just been their caretaker, and I hope their new owners have the same success in collecting and in life."

Among the highlights of the Tarr Collection:
1873 Seated Dollar, Choice Proof
1889-CC Morgan Dollar, Choice Mint State, Deep Mirror Prooflike
1895 Morgan Dollar, Choice Proof

The Tarr Collection will be sold as part of Heritage's official auctions at the 2003 Florida United Numismatists Convention in Orlando, Jan. 8-11. Heritage will have five separate FUN catalogs (presented by Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Heritage World Coin Auctions, and Currency Auctions of America-Heritage).

"The FUN Convention," noted Greg Rohan, Heritage Executive VP, "is the greatest club-sponsored numismatic show in America. Heritage has been FUN's official auctioneer since 1991, and will be for years to come. Not only do the nation's leading collectors and dealers gather in Orlando, but also a large international contingent comes every year. Plus, Heritage reaches out to our Internet participants around the world. Our 2003 FUN sales will be bigger than ever, and we also have more bidders than ever before. Our on-line community now exceeds 64,000 members, and that number could well reach 70,000 by January. Our good friends in the FUN organization are expecting their largest crowd ever, so bidding competition will be very intense. There is no question that our growing demand for rare coins - matched by our incredible prices realized - are based on our exclusive Interactive Internet? bidding system. All these wonderful coins, and a HOT market means a very exciting FUN show."

"The importance of the FUN venue," noted Auction Director Bob Korver, is demonstrated by the fresh consignments already on hand -- more than $10 million! In addition to The Robert Tarr, Sr. Collection, Heritage's FUN 2003 auction also includes: The Ashland City Collection of branch mint and other U.S. gold; The Chicagoland Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters, assembled by Hans Poetsch; The George Coyman Collection; The Joseph P. Gorrell Collection; The Philip Kaufman Collection of Proof Seated Liberty Coinage, Part 3; The Ohio Collection, Part 8; and The St. Louis Collection."

The consignment deadline for the FUN Signature Sale is November 27. For more information, please contact Consignment Director Leo Frese at 1-800-872-6467 ext 294.

Full-color images of the Tarr Collection will be posted during November at, Auctions: Upcoming Auction Highlights.

The Heritage name is recognized worldwide for bringing unparalleled value to every consignor and bidder. Year 2001 sales exceeded $150 million and assets were approximately $30 million. is the Internet's most popular and highly trafficked rare coin site, with over 64,000 registered members. is the only coin site chosen twice by's Best of the Web (1999 and 2001) as one of the 250 best websites on the Internet, and also won the most recent Numismatic Literary Guild award for Best Numismatic Internet Site. For more information on how to consign your coins to the FUN Signature Sale contact one of our consignment coordinators at 1-800-US COINS (800.872.6467). We also invite you to visit us on the web at

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