As provenance goes - Where does Hansen rank?
OK, this is NOT intended to be a Bash Hansen thread.
Where does Hansen rank among notable provenances?
I enjoy collecting coins with provenance / pedigree. I also enjoy following @Currin 's Hansen Watch thread. I have not read everything about Hansen or his coins, but...I used to think Hansen was just another mega-rich guy chasing registry fame, but now I recognize that he has chosen some great coins for his collection and still been willing to pass on other coins for various reasons.
I think Hansen's stated goal is to form a complete collection like Eliasberg did, only better (i.e. higher grade). Eliasberg had completeness, but included some proofs instead of business strikes and some of his coins were not great.
Others such as Pittman, Norweb, Garrett, etc. had positives and negatives about their collections.
One reason I enjoy coins with provenance is their connection to history in general and numismatic history specifically.
So what do you think? What does the Hansen provenance mean to you and to numismatics now? What will it mean in the future?