One of the greatest individuals I’ve had the opportunity to work with was Bob B.
I met Bob in my
coin shop in the early 1980s. He was a true
gentleman, extremely pleasant to do business with.
Bob had a sharply honed mind and we enjoyed many deep conversations
about economics, business and the coin market.
He loved coins!
Bob was born in
, in the 1920s. His father was an engineer for Standard Oil
of California. Bob and his brother both
had paper routes and began developing their business acumen when they were 8 to
10 years old. Oakland,
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1930s and 1940s
Bob and his extended family ultimately migrated to
Oregon. He and his brother built and operated a large
business in support of the interstate trucking industry. The family owned and
managed substantial real estate holdings.
In the late 1940s, after serving in the Navy during World War II, Bob returned to coin collecting. He was neither satisfied with the overall quality of coins he had pulled from circulation nor the empty holes which should contain key dates, so he began slowly upgrading and acquiring pieces from local coin shops and national auctions.
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Turns out the first set he shared was the least of his sets. Over the next couple of decades, I bought three more sets of Buffalos from Bob. These were F to XF, VF to AU and XF to AU.
I certified Bob’s finest
Buffalo set and sold it intact almost 20
years ago; the set brought about $100,000.
Bob did really well over his lifetime of coin collecting. He had loads of enjoyment from the hunt for perfect specimens and completed sets; price appreciation of his collections over his lifetime provided a significant contribution to his family’s already substantial wealth.
Coming up next: Bob B’s most beautiful and valuable coin set – a rare and difficult series.