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Multi-Million Dollar Collection on Display at Boston World's Fair of Money

- August 5, 2010

The number one-ranked collection of United States large cents in the PGCS Set Registry listing will be publicly displayed for the first time in Boston, August 10 - 13, 2010, at the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money.  The historic coins from the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation include some of the finest known examples of large cents struck from 1793 to 1857.

The foundation's exhibit is co-sponsored by Bowers and Merena Auctions and Collateral Finance Corporation, and will be displayed at the Bowers and Merena booth, #1017, during the five-day show.

"This is a truly amazing collection, valued at millions of dollars.  There are 77 large cents and each is among the very finest-known for its respective date and type.  Many of them are simply the finest-known, period," said Greg Roberts, CEO of Bowers and Merena.

While supply lasts, visitors to the exhibit can receive a free, 40-page illustrated booklet published by the foundation, "Portraits of Liberty," that describes the history of U.S. large cents.

"The Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation is a non-profit educational organization that focuses on the study and publication of information about early coinage of the United States of America.  The foundation is delighted at the opportunity for thousands of people to see these superb-quality, early American cents in person in Boston with the valued assistance of Bowers and Merena and Collateral Finance Corporation," said Martin Logies, a director of the Sunnyvale, California-based foundation.

Highlights of the exhibit include:

  • 1793 Chain Cent (S-2) PCGS MS65BN – Set a world record in 2005 as the most valuable U.S. cent
  • 1793 Wreath Cent, PCGS MS69BN – The single highest-graded 18th century U.S. coin of any date of denomination
  • 1794 Liberty Cap "Head of 1793" Cent PCGS MS64BN – Described by Logies as "the single-finest representative work of early Mint engraver, Joseph Wright"
  • 1803 Draped Bust Cent PCGS MS66RB – Acclaimed by the Early American Coppers society as tied for the finest-known Draped Bust cent of any date or variety
  • 1842 Record-setting Braided Hair Cent from the Naftzger Collection PCGS MS65RD – Widely acknowledged as the finest existing "Petite Head" type
  • 1852 Record-setting Braided Hair Cent, from the Naftzger Collection PCGS MS65RD – Acknowledged as the finest existing cent from its era
One of the America's leading rare coin auction houses, Bowers and Merena of Irvine, California holds three of the top seven world-record auction prices for U.S. coins.  For additional information call (949) 253-0916 or visit online at

Collateral Finance Corporation of Santa Monica, California offers precious metals financing to dealers and collectors on a wide array of bullion and numismatics.  For additional information, call (310) 587-1410 or visit

For additional information about the ANA World's Fair of Money, visit

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