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DALLAS, Texas (July 19, 2022) – A passion can be triggered by a number of factors. In the case of famed American coin collector Tom Bender, a call to his brothers renewed his interest in a hobby passed down from his father. “I started collecting coins when I was a kid,” Bender says. “My dad collected some and had a few in a safe. I looked through the box and saw some of the pieces, and called my brothers, and we all wanted to keep some of his coins. It really rekindled my interest. This renewed interest in the hobby that started during Bender’s childhood has evolved into one of America’s finest coin collections – a treasure which included the best Carson City Coins PCGS Register Set, the best $3 Certified Gold Complete Proof Set ever assembled, an Indian Cents Basic Proof Set which is ranked #2 best ever in the PCGS Set Registry and a Lincoln Basic Circulation Strike set that is ranked #3 best current and #5 all-time More than 300 lots from Bender’s extraordinary collection will be offered at the U.S. auction Signature® Coins from Heritage Auctions from 22 to 28 a oust. “Tom Bender is a beloved figure with a significant collection that is known throughout the numismatic community,” said Todd Imhof, executive vice president at Heritage Auctions. “He has a well-deserved reputation as someone who actively sought out the highest quality coins; now the most serious collectors will be able to enjoy the results of his efforts. Among the best collectibles in Carson City is one that, in Bender’s opinion, is the only one. Simply put, he says, he’s thinking of the 1876-CC Half Eagle MS66 PCGS. CAC. Variety 1-A is “the finest Carson City gold coin there is”. The coin’s history can be traced to a private 1893 transaction between Philadelphia coin dealers SH and H. Chapman and Washington, D.C. collector John M. Clapp, whose collection passed to his son, John Mr Clapp. The Clapp Collection was purchased in 1942 by Baltimore collector Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., the only numismatist to ever compile a complete collection of U.S. federal coins by date, mint mark, and major variety. This coin has been auctioned several times, landing in 2012 in the famous Battle Born collection, a complete assemblage of 111 coins from all Carson City Mint issues. The Battle Born collection was known for the exceptional quality of each piece; this magnificent piece was the owner’s favourite. Called “the Duke of Carson City Coins”, an 1876-CC Twenty Cent MS65 PCGS. BF-NC-1, R.6 is a prized 19th century rarity, with a look that rivals that of the 1804 dollar, 1838-O half dollar, or 1894-S penny. This spectacular example of a gem of this famous Western rarity, which is only making its third appearance at auction, comes from a strange denomination that was doomed from the start: if the Mint had discontinued the quarter when it introduced the twenty cents, the new denomination might have been successful, but the two denominations were produced side by side, causing much confusion. In January 1876, the cashier at the Carson City Mint still had 4,261 twenty-cent pieces in stock from the previous year, enough to cover trade demand for some time; as a result, the Carson City Mint minted only 10,000 in 1876. Due to their unpopularity, the majority of the mint was melted down, in accordance with May 1877 instructions from Mint Director Henry Linderman. PCGS and NGC have partnered to certify 23 pieces between them, but that total likely includes an unknown number of resubmissions and crossovers. PCGS CoinFacts more conservatively estimates the surviving population at 20 examples across all ranks. Also among the best offerings once held in the Battle Born Collection is an 1871 CC Seated Liberty Quarter, one of only three known Mint State survivors to this date. This gorgeous piece dates back to many collections including James A Stack, Reed Hawn and Rusty Goe. Other Battle Born highlights include, but are not limited to: An 1873-CC Arrows Dime from the Battle Born Collection, MS65, CAC An 1870-CC Double Eagle in XF40, CAC The Bender Collection includes 23 lots of Lincoln cents – among them a 1909 Cent VDB MS67+ Red PCGS. CAC. The freshman issue with Victor D. Brenner’s initials on the reverse is a popular type coin in the Lincoln cent series. While examples in MS67 Red are common, Plus level parts at this level are rare, and PCGS lists only four finer parts. The example offered is one of only 69 in 67+ Red, and there are only four that look better. Other Lincoln pennies in the Bender collection include, but are not limited to: One 1909-S Cent VDB MS67 Red PCGS One 1910 Cent MS67 Red PCGS. CAC A 1912-S Cent MS66 Red PCGS. CAC With his collections of Lincoln cents and Indian cents largely complete, Bender turned to gold dollars. “I walked into a coin exhibit — FUN 2006 — and was introduced to David Akers, who had a display of gold dollars,” Bender says. “They weren’t for sale yet, but I saw those gold dollars and fell in love with them. A month later he auctioned off an 1852 gold dollar in MS69. It was important for me because my intention was to build a complete set and it was the first gold dollar, plus it was 100 years before the year I was born, part of the 1852 set that I was trying to build. When coin dies were made at the Mint, various combinations of individual digits or multi-digit stamps were used to enter the date into the die. In the case of this particular issue, the digits 185 were clearly hallmarked as a single unit, with the last digit added later – a distinction that can be determined by visual observation.This magnificent example comes from a population of only 69, with none ranked higher.One Gold Dollar MS69 PCGS of 1884. CAC draws l Bender’s praise in the sense he pours on the Half Eagle 1876-CC. “I’ve seen all the MS69 gold dollars,” Bender says, “and to me, it’s the finest pre-1900 gold coin I’ve ever seen.” This spectacular beauty also comes from a population of just 69, with none ranked higher. A defining piece in this magnificent collection, and one of the memorable survivors of a date and denomination that has helped define many great collections in numismatic history, an 1802 Half Dime V-1, LM-1 , R.5, AU53 PCGS . CAC. Amato-103 counts among its former owners Louis Eliasberg, Sr., still the only numismatist to have assembled a complete collection of United States coins. A 2017 Heritage Auction Population Report documented 31 examples, nine of which – including the example on offer – are graded very well and about uncirculated, with none currently known to be in mint condition. In total, 35–50 examples are believed to still exist. A draped bust 1800 Dime JR-2, High R.4, MS66+ PCGS. CAC is the finest certified example of this extraordinary piece. Dimes dated 1800 appeared at auction less than any date from the 1796-1837 period except 1804. Only a handful earned a spot on the state census, but none does not exceed the quality of this Grade Plus, approved by the CAC Premium Gem, which is at the top of the list of graded examples. 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