In addition to being a pretty fair ballplayer, a darn good fighter pilot and a top-notch fisherman, Ted Williams was apparently a coin collector. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has announced that they have certified select coins from the late slugger’s collection. They’ll be among the items sold at Fenway Park next month when Hunt Auctions delivers the Ted Williams Auction. Each coin was encapsulated with the “Ted Williams Collection” pedigree.
“NGC has done an exemplary job in grading the coins from the Ted Williams Collection,” remarked David Hunt, President, Hunt Auctions. “We felt it important to memorialize the provenance of this particular grouping of coins as having originated from one of the great sports collections to have ever come to market.”
Consisting of 78 US and 13 World coins the collection includes an 1873-S Open 3 $20 graded NGC XF 45, 1926 Indian Head $10 graded NGC MS 63, a 1978 South Africa 1 Krugerrand graded NGC MS 67 and a 1909 France Gold 20 Franc graded NGC MS 66.
“We are pleased to grade this collection of coins from one of the legends of baseball,” said NGC CEO Steve Eichenbaum.
Williams, regarded as the greatest batsman in Major League history, spent his 22 year career with the Boston Red Sox. His many records and accomplishments include 6 AL Batting Championships, .344 Career Batting Average and a .406 batting average in 1941. He was also awarded Most Valuable Player for 1946 and 1949 and Player of the Decade from 1951-1960.