I recall seeing early dollars from the Highlander collection over a period
of years. The Highlander early dollar collection was listed as a PCGS
Registry Set at one time. If you click on the following link you will get a
listing of the Highlander early dollar collection PCGS Registry Set:
From this listing the Highlander early dollar collection appears to have
been what I would term a "Date and Major Type Collection of Early Dollars
The following is a description of the set as it appears on the PCGS Registry
"About this set: Americana at its finest! The Highlander Early Dollar set
consists of original examples in the Very Fine to Extremely Fine category.
However, one example grades Fine and two examples are almost uncirculated.
An early dollar with a smooth planchet, solid details, original patina, and
minimal circulation marks is a historical treasure to behold. Some specimens
are pedigreed and emanate from the Amon Carter, Benson, Cardinal, Clapp,
Eliasberg, Flannagan, Hering and Ostheimer cabinets. The Highlander Early
Dollar set holds the first 1800 Wide Date Low 8 obverse with AMERICAI
reverse, 1798 Large Eagle 5-Stripes, and 1800 10-Arrows certified by PCGS"
A lovely 1798 B-3, BB-94 Dollar, ex. Amon Carter, Jr. Collection sale and
Highlander Collection resides in my collection today. I did not acquire
this specimen directly from the owner of the Highlander Collection and I
don't know exactly when this collection was dispersed.
Based on the pedigrees noted above, the sale of the collection had to take
place after 2002. I don't know if the early dollars were all sold at the
same time, or over a period of months/years. I suspect the latter. I
asked an early dollar collector friend who was active at the time if he knew
when and how the early dollars were sold. He replied, "I thought the
dollars were almost all sold to dealers and collectors at shows. I know
they sold a different denomination collection or two via auction houses."
So the answer is the Highlander Collection of early dollars was not sold via
public auction and it appears that the early dollars were likely dispersed
over a period of time to different dealers and collectors at a number of
different Conventions/Shows. If I had to venture a guess the early dollar
collection was dispersed in or around 2004-2008.
W. David Perkins