By CoinWeek News Staff….
Noted pattern and dollar collector David Queller, of Boca Raton, Florida, passed away on December 24, 2014. He was perhaps best known for owning the Mickley-Hawn-Queller specimen 1804 dollar.
Mr. Queller was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1921. Growing up during the Great Depression, he worked numerous jobs throughout New York City while also attending night school in Brooklyn. Eventually, he began working at his father’s hardware store.
With the outset of World War II, Queller pursued naval officer training, which enabled him to study engineering at Columbia, Denison and the University of New Mexico. At war’s end he returned to Brooklyn, where he soon transformed his father’s hardware store into a wholesale warehouse selling equipment and tools to industrial businesses.
In New York, Mr. Queller formed a relationship with the Stack Brothers, which spurred a passion for coin collecting that lasted over 40 years.
Among his achievements during those four decades are a complete collection of United States dollar coins dated 1794-1935 (including the Mickley-Hawn-Queller specimen) and the Lemus collection of U.S. patterns. The Lemus collection, named after his wife Libbie, included such notable pieces as a 1792 silver cent (Judd #1) and $50 face value half unions coated in bronze and gold.
Heritage Auction Galleries sold the Mickley-Hawn-Queller specimen for $3,737,500 in 2008.
Queller retired from his business in 1997 and moved to Boca Raton, Florida, where he lived for the last 17 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, and nine grandchildren.