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.
New York-New York.
1837 Feuchtwanger Cent.
German Silver. Reeded Edge.
1795 Liberty Cap Cent.
1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar.
1799 Draped Bust Silver Dollar.
1860-O Liberty Seated
Silver Dollar. Fair-2 (PCGS).
1921 Peace Silver Dollar.
High Relief. Poor-1 (PCGS).
1915 Indian Quarter Eagle.
1836 Classic Head
Half Eagle. Fair-2 (PCGS).
1855 Liberty Head Eagle.
1900 Lafayette Silver Dollar.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 • 9:00 AM PT
Bullion & Semi-Numismatic Coins
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 • 10:30 AM PT
U.S. Coins Featuring Bill Fivaz’s Worlds Worst Type Set
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 • 11:00 AM PT
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