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We are true collectors at heart here at Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., but there are always certain coins we purchase that really stand out. Whether it's color, superior luster, an incredible strike, exceptional rarity or phenomenal eye-appeal (regardless of grade), the HJB Select section is designed to make it easier for you to discover and view these stand out coins. These coins are HJB select - coins we feel are special and deserve to be highlighted.

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U.S. Rare Coins

The Mustain Collection

Exceptional Collection of Large Cents - 1793 to 1857 Catalogued to Sheldon and Newcomb Numbers

Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. is proud to offer The Walter Mustain collection of Large Cents

Walter was a passionate and knowledgeable collector and proud EAC member who collected for over 30 years and assembled a wonderful collection of over 1000 Large Cents by Sheldon and Newcomb numbers. Over 100 pieces will be highlighted through HJB's Personal Catalogue series while the rest can be found on the HJB web site. All coins offered in the collection will be available via fixed price.

Walter was the collector's collector focusing on acquiring new and interesting varieties rather than buying everything in the highest grade and dedicated an amazing amount of time to attributing each and every coin in the collection. The excitement he showed when he discovered a scarce variety that he had never seen before is what coin collecting is all about. Walter was a dear friend and regular "on the scene" here at HJB.

The collection is quite extensive with every date represented, including the elusive Chain Cent, Wreath Cent as well as the 1799 and 1804.

View The Mustain Collection Personal Catalogue

View the catalog coins from The Mustain Collecion on our site

View the NON-catalog coins from The Mustain Collection on our site

Walter Mustain Intro Video

Some of the HJB staff recently sat down with Steve Mustain, the brother of the late Walter Mustain, to give tribute to both Walter and his passion.

Remember to explore the latest area of the HJB U. S site, HJB Select. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mike at MDPrintz@HJBLtd.com or David at David@HJBLtd.com or call 312.609.0016.

The Cincinnati Collection of Barber Half Dollars

On June 1st we will launch our latest Personal Catalog, The Cincinnati Collection of Barber Half Dollars. Assembled by a gentleman I have had the pleasure to work with for over 25 years and a true Barber Half nut, this is the one of the most impressive offerings of Barber Half Dollars I can recall.

Of the 40 or so Mint State pieces and 7 Proofs, well over half were purchased in the mid to late nineties with the others purchased before 2006. Only coins exhibiting superb technical merits for their respective grade along with great eye appeal were placed into the collection. This helps explain why we were never able to complete the set since it became increasingly difficult to find accurately graded coins that also possessed originality and eye appeal.

View the Cincinnati Collection of Barber Half Dollars on our site

HJB Mobility Auctions

The Personal Catalog

An Innovative Alternative to Traditional Auctions
Past Auctions

After years of patient collecting, you have made the decision to sell. The problem with traditional auctions is the loss of personal touch along with the high risk auction process. We have successfully completed eight personal catalogs, and alternative which has many clients raving. We offer fantastic photography in a high tech environment to showcase private collections. Because these are fixed price lists it offers clients less risk and faster payouts than traditional auctions with far less anxiety. For more information please email info@hjbltd.com or call Mike at 312-609-0016....Read More >>

The Need for Auction Representation by Tom Delorey

The other day, I read an interesting thread in the Collectors Universe's U.S. Coins forums which showed a group of U.S. type coins that a collector had recently purchased at a major auction. Each coin was illustrated by three images. Taken as a whole, they prove that the old adage...Read More >>

Bullion Department

We carry an extensive line of gold, silver, platinum and palladium coins, rounds and ingots in a variety of sizes...more


Due to rapidly fluctuating metals markets, all precious metals and premiums as well as prices listed on specific coins are subject to change without notice! Please contact us for up to date pricing.

HJB on eBay

Coins from Harlan J. Berk, Ltd's collection available at Ebay's auction site.

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