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Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (1896-1976) was a Baltimore businessman who actively collected coins from the mid-1920s until the late 1970s. Best known for being the only person ever to assemble a complete collection of circulating United States coins by date and mint mark. The only coin that he did not have in his famous coin collection was the 1849 Double Eagle.

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Ford Jr.’s famous coin collections include early American coins and rare confederate pennies. his collection was legendary and included the Massachusetts 1960, the oldest coin issued by the Continental Congress and the African medals, colonial coins and currency from all 13 colonies, rare confederate pennies, and one of a kind tokens from the earliest days of colonial North America through the Great Depression.

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Coin collecting - "Hobby of Kings" - Literally! Louis XIV of France, without a doubt the most renowned of coin collectors. Louis, the French king also known as the "Sun King", regarded himself as a patron of the arts, and assigned several French missionaries and ambassadors to help him with his collections. Records also show that Louis appointed Advisers to acquire entire coin collections.

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Coin collectors during the Renaissance? Around the fourteenth century with the Renaissance. it became known as a "Hobby of Kings" , an activity dabbled only by the privileged classes and the wealthy, especially kings and queens. One of the first to be credited as a coin collection "aficionado" of sorts, was the Italian poet and scholar - Petrarch, who inspired many European nobility to follow in his footsteps as coin collectors.

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The earliest coin collector, as we see it today, was Caesar Augustus, the first emperor of Rome - Records show that he sometimes presented old and exotic coins to friends and courtiers during festivals and other special occasions.

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Harry W. Bass, Jr., one of the popular collectors, donated to the ANA money museum, a complete collection of US gold coins dated from 1834 to 1933, including the rare 1870-s.

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