Virgil Brand, the most underrated coin collector of all time or "The King of Coin Collectors"?
I was just reading a Doug Winter article and what he said about Virgil Brand really struck me:
Virgil Brand is probably the most underrated coin collector of all time.
Do you agree or disagree?
Here's the full quote:
Virgil Brand is probably the most underrated coin collector of all time. He has a reputation today of having been a hoarder and he certainly was happier owning ten of something than just one. But as his notebooks show, he put together a wonderful, sophisticated set that was one of the greatest ever. Brand's legacy has been further diluted by the fact that most of his coins were sold privately after his death but even the small fraction that was sold by Bowers and Merena from 1983 to 1985 was worth millions and millions of dollars. It is staggering to think what his complete collection would be worth today.
Here's one of his coins, the 1794 SP66 dollar.
Here are some more articles:
UPDATE: I added "or The King of Coin Collectors" to the title after seeing this in a 2018 Heritage Auction description mentioned below.