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Frank Thomas Indian Head Collection

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 Posted 08/20/2015  10:34 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add howell1018 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
In 1972-73 I was fresh out of college (UC Santa Barbara) and I worked at an investment firm with a man named Frank Thomas. He was probably 40 years older than I (I'm 64 now) and we became friendly (it was a small office). I think I mentioned to him that I collected stamps and he said that he had a coin collection, would I like to see it? I said sure. So one day, during our lunch hour, we walked down to a local bank and he opened a safe deposit box that housed his collection. All I recall was what looked like a custom made lucite holder that was filled with proof indian head pennies. He told me his collection was complete and I recall him pointing out the key (1877-S isn't it?). I remember thinking he ought to store his coins better because the coins were toning kind of dramatically. Does anyone know what became of my co-worker. I see slabbed coins marked "Frank Thomas Collection" so I'm guessing, if it's one and the same, at some point he probably died and his heirs auctioned off his coins and he got his own catalog. Guessing it was a while back.
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 Posted 08/20/2015  10:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add howell1018 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Alright, 1877 (no S). I also recall he had a lot of pattern coins that he was proud of.
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I think that's quite likely.

The collection was pedigreed by NGC and Heritage sold quite a few lots, including Large Cents and Indian Head cents, many proofs in the mix. There are several "ex: Frank Thomas Collection" listings out there at the moment, some really high grade stuff (top pop coins, mid to high MS rare dates and varieties, proofs..)

One listing I saw was for a complete set of IHC's in a Dansco all MS coins...

Good thing he let them tone!

BTW -- Key is 1877. Only S mint IHC were 1908 and 1909.

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