Stack's Bowers Offers Bill Fivaz’s World’s Worst Type Coin Set

In an endeavor that spanned more than 25 years, noted numismatist and researcher Bill Fivaz put considerable efforts into obtaining and downgrading coins for his self-named “World’s Worst Type Set”. As those who know Bill fondly recall, he would show off these heavily worn and sometimes nearly unidentifiable coins at his local coin club and various shows.

In recent years, PCGS has recognized this special area of collecting and has created “Low-Ball” Registry Sets, where the lowest grade (Poor-1) is the “best” obtainable specimen. The true rarity of these exceedingly low-grade yet problem-free coins is not yet fully recognized by today’s collectors.

However, recent landmark sales such as The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part VII, which saw prices realized into the thousands of dollars for Poor-1 certified “common” coins, have brought considerable attention to this fascinating and under-appreciated area of collecting. Bill’s set comprises 99 pieces across a wide range of types and time periods, almost exclusively certified as Poor-1 or Fair-2.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is honored to present this collection to lead their November Collectors Choice Online auction on November 4, 2020.

Featured Highlights

Lot 92001 New York-New York. 1837 Feuchtwanger Cent.

Lot 92001
New York-New York.
1837 Feuchtwanger Cent.
German Silver. Reeded Edge.
Poor-1 (PCGS).

Lot 92005 1795 Liberty Cap Cent. Lettered Edge. Poor-1 (PCGS).

Lot 92005
1795 Liberty Cap Cent.
Lettered Edge.
Poor-1 (PCGS).

Lot 92044 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar. Two Leaves. Fair-2 (PCGS).

Lot 92044
1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar.
Two Leaves.
Fair-2 (PCGS).

Lot 92061 1799 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. Poor-1 (PCGS).

Lot 92061
1799 Draped Bust Silver Dollar.
Poor-1 (PCGS).

Lot 92062
1860-O Liberty Seated
Silver Dollar. Fair-2 (PCGS).

Lot 92076 1921 Peace Silver Dollar. High Relief. Poor-1 (PCGS).

Lot 92076
1921 Peace Silver Dollar.
High Relief. Poor-1 (PCGS).

Lot 92083 1915 Indian Quarter Eagle. Poor-1 (PCGS).

Lot 92083
1915 Indian Quarter Eagle.
Poor-1 (PCGS).

Lot 92084 1836 Classic Head Half Eagle. Fair-2 (PCGS).

Lot 92084
1836 Classic Head
Half Eagle. Fair-2 (PCGS).

Lot 92086 1855 Liberty Head Eagle. Fair-2 (PCGS).

Lot 92086
1855 Liberty Head Eagle.
Fair-2 (PCGS).

Lot 92087 1900 Lafayette Silver Dollar. Fair-2 (PCGS).

Lot 92087
1900 Lafayette Silver Dollar.
Fair-2 (PCGS).

Lot 92093 1923-S Monroe Doctrine Centennial. Poor-1 (PCGS).

Lot 92093
1923-S Monroe
Doctrine Centennial.
Poor-1 (PCGS).

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