Encapsulated Coins Featured in the Jules Reiver Collection
January 23rd and 30th, Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers
(HG&A) sold the Jules Reiver Collection, an important
assemblage of more than 6,000 coins realizing over $8.8
million dollars at auction. The complete collection
was graded by NGC. Those coins that could not be encapsulated
by NGC due to detrimental surface conditions were sent
to Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS) for encapsulation,
which guarantees their authenticity and attribution.
Over 2,000 pieces in the Reiver collection were authenticated
Half Disme NCS VF Details,
Borckardt, Senior Cataloger for HG&A, remarked,
"Ranked among the greatest numismatists of the
20th Century, Reiver established a hobby-wide reputation
for his discerning eye, inquisitive mind, and generosity
with his knowledge over five decades of dedicated collecting.
His collection evolved to focus on die varieties and
die states of all U.S. silver and copper coinage from
1793 through 1839, which, over the ensuing 40 years,
would become the most complete collection of its kind.
Before his final purchases, he had amassed more than
5,000 significant issues, representing a landmark achievement
in the history of American numismatics."
Mark Salzberg, Chairman of NGC and NCS further comments
that, "Prior to NCS encapsulation, many of Reiver's
collector coins would be overlooked. Now it is possible
to have both uniformity in presentation and a guarantee
of authenticity because of the NCS holder. The Reiver
collection illustrates this in a powerful way."
Half Dollar NCS AU Details,
auction has been tremendously popular with the public,"
said Greg Rohan, President of HG&A. "Our lot
viewing sessions were consistently full, and bidding
sessions were standing room only. Interest has been
so strong that WFAA, Channel 8, in Dallas, sent a camera
crew to cover Tuesday night's session. Needless to say,
Mr. Reiver's family is thrilled with the results of
"Mr. Reiver's collecting efforts were far reaching,
and the results speak for themselves," concluded
Rohan. "We had originally projected this collection
to bring in $7 million, and the results exceeded our
highest expectations. We can think of no finer tribute
to this man and his lifetime contributions to numismatics."