‘Hall-of-fame collection’ acquired by David Lawrence Rare Coins

An impressive set of U.S. coins was recently purchased by Virginia Beach’s David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC).

The collection, pieced together by mega-collector Bruce Morelan via Legend Numismatics, was set to be auctioned through Legend Auctions in May; however, in advance of the auction announcement, the set was acquired intact by David Lawrence Rare Coins on behalf of DLRC’s partner, Dell Loy Hansen.

For Morelan, the thrill of the hunt had ended since there were no better coins to include. He enjoyed the set for many years—even selling it intact to a coin investment fund in 2008. He was later able to purchase it once again before improving it with several additional spectacular specimens. In the end, Morelan felt it was time to pass the coins on for other collectors to enjoy; however, when rumour suggested that a “world-class” collection was to be auctioned, John Brush reached out to Legend to inquire about the coins. When they found out that the legendary set was being offered, DLRC and Hansen jumped on the opportunity and the negotiations with Laura Sperber, of Legend Numismatics, took only a few hours.

“This is simply a group of coins that should not exist. The quality of each of the Seated Dollars is absolutely impeccable, and every single coin was hand-picked for not only condition, but ultimate quality,” said John Brush, DLRC president. “When we found out that the set was going to become available, we acted quickly as we view this as one of the few collections that simply should not be broken apart if at all possible. The sum of all its pieces are so much greater than the individuals, and we wanted to do our part to try to keep it intact. When I notified Mr. Hansen about it, he thought that it was an excellent opportunity and one that we should pursue immediately.”


The collection not only houses the finest-known pieces of many of the individual dates, but each piece is Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC)-certified for quality as well.

Of particular interest are the 1851 and 1852 Seated Dollars. The 1851 is graded by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) as Mint State-65 and was once part of the legendary Norweb Collection. The 1852 is similarly graded by PCGS and is simply an amazing example of this key date.

With coins from the legendary Garrett, Share, Childs, Fairfield, Stack, Hayes, Amon Carter, and Knoxville Collections, this set was put together over many years by some of the most discerning eyes in the coin industry. In fact, many acquisitions were made as part of larger collections to add a single coin to the set. A group that can never be duplicated, this is truly one of the “hall-of-fame” collections.

“If a collector was to own only this set, he or she would own by far one of the greatest collections ever assembled,” said Sperber. “There is not a single coin that is anything less than the absolute best in quality and eye appeal by at least a full grade or more, in many cases. With what Dell Loy is trying to accomplish, this monster Hall of Fame set is a perfect fit for his collection. I am thrilled to see it placed with him instead of being broken up. I know he cherishes it and will allow it to be displayed to treat the current and future collecting public. I am sad to see the set go as I have enjoyed exclusively building it for fifteen years. It was certainly a highlight of my career.”

The collection will be exhibited at several national shows in the near future as part of the holdings of the Hansen Collection.

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