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05 Oct 2021

The Aaron White Hoard

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The Aaron White Hoard is one of the largest hoards of coins from a single person. It consisted of over 100,000 coins, and the history of the hoard is intriguing.

Aaron White was a Connecticut attorney during the during the middle of the 19th century. He loadedpaper money with a burning passion, and wasn't afraid to let people know. He even had tokens made with the inscription, "Never keep a paper dollar in your pocket until tomorrow." He predicted that the "greenbacks" of the time would become worthless (which they did!), and as such, he accumulated tons, and tons, of coins. After his death, his collection was moved to a wear house before being given to Edouard Frossard, a well know dealer at the time.

An estimate of the hoard included 250 colonial/state copper coins, 60,000 copper large cents (the best couple of thousand were sold for 2 cents each), 60,000 copper-nickel small cents (Flying Eagle and Indian Head, most were dated 1872 and 1873), 5,000 2 cent pieces, 200 half dollars (Seated and earlier), 100 silver dollars (Seated, Gobrecht, Bust, AND Flowing Hair {no 1804 sadly}), 350 gold dollars, and 20,000 to 30,000 foreign copper coins. Some of the hoard was sold at auction on July 20, 1888, though most of the pieces were sold privately. We don't know the exact date Mr. White died, but it was before 1888. The Aaron White hoard was extensive, and beautiful. Any piece from the hoard deserves a loving home with a knowledgeable collector.

Comments

Moneda1793

Level 4

I found brief mention of him in the Numismatist of December 1911 page 419. In there is a picture of the token you mentioned.

slybluenote

Level 5

Great post and very interesting. I for one will keep my "eyes open" for any coins from this hoard for sure!

thatcoinguy

Level 4

When I was writing this blog, I thought of you. I’m not sure if there is any way you can prove it was from the hoard, or if NGC/PGSC labels the coins as such, so let me know if you actually find one!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Great info, thanks....

AC coin$

Level 5

Interesting information. A great collector who left a life lesson thru coins .

Longstrider

Level 6

I never heard of this one. Thanks.

thatcoinguy

Level 4

No problem.

Kepi

Level 6

Very cool! Quite the collection indeed! ; )

thatcoinguy

Level 4

Totally!

Golfer

Level 5

Very interesting man and hoard.

Mokie

Level 6

RIP Mr. White, I hope your heirs got a nice return.

thatcoinguy

Level 4

Heh. Yeah, I sure wish I could get large cents for 2 cents a piece.

Mike

Level 7

Thanks for that. Is anyone close?? I don't think so pictures are down again. Pete got the call I left a message. I believe it will be the first thing they work on today. By the way I enjoyed your blog.

thatcoinguy

Level 4

Thanks. And good to know.

"SUN"

Level 6

Interesting! Nice history lesson

thatcoinguy

Level 4

I agree!

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