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RICHARD K. "DICK" OSBURN

Dick was born in 1945 and has been collecting coins since he was 10 years old.

Dick has seen a lot of changes in the market over those 60+ years, but never lost his interest in collecting. Like most collectors he began with 20th century coins, gradually expanding into the earlier series. In the late 1970's, Dick narrowed his collecting interest to half dollars. By 1980, Dick was focusing his collecting interest solely on Seated Halves.

By the early 1990s Dick's collection needs and budget began to diverge and he began selling duplicates. He has been a dealer ever since. Dick's inventory grew to include all bust and seated coinage plus selected rare dates in the three cent silver series. In June 2003, Dick retired from his day job with the space program to devote his attention full time to numismatics (both as a dealer and a devoted collector of seated halves). Like every great coin dealer, Dicks better half Ruth has been by his side for much of the ride. The Osburns have been a fixture on the coin show circuit for nearly thirty years.

Dick has been involved with research on seated half dollars since the mid-1980's and has written over a dozen articles for the Gobrecht Journal, the journal of the Liberty Seated Collectors' Club. Dick also authored the Seated Half section of Kevin Flynn's book on misplaced dates.

Dick sold Dick Osburn Rare Coins in June of 2010 (to devote more time to his retirement) but still remains active in the business at select shows and behind the scenes as a consultant and mentor to Brian Cushing.

Dick is the co-author (along with Brian Cushing) of the reference guide, "Liberty Seated Dollars: A Register of Die Varieties" released in January of 2018. An online version of the book is also available at www.SeatedDollarVarieties.com.

Dick can be reached at dickosburn@comcast.net.

BRIAN P. CUSHING

An innocent act of fate began Brian's initial journey into Numismatics. On his eighth birthday the gift of a sandwich bag filled with heavily worn buffalo nickels and pennies from a neighborhood friend lit the spark. That bag found a home within a shoe box in a closet until a second bout of fate intervened. An avid baseball card collector, Brian stumbled upon a Buffalo Nickel album while attending a local flea market and began plugging holes. An interest in coins was born.

After high school Brian worked a few odd jobs while he attended the University of New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce College. During this time he met the prominent Numismatist Elizabeth "Liz" Coggan of J.J. Teaparty in Boston Massachusetts. Liz and her husband Miles approached Brian about joining their business in the summer of 2004. Brian gladly accepted this exciting new opportunity. Thanks to Liz, who Brian considers his first mentor, he developed a strong interest in attributing die varieties. Starting in the office, Brian would eventually earn the opportunity to travel to coin conventions across the country as their national wholesaler. In this position, Brian worked with and established relationships with many of the largest national dealers and companies in the hobby.

In the fall of 2007, Brian started his own business, Brian Cushing Rare Coins. Brian continued to work on the wholesale side of the business, while dipping his toe into the retail side through eBay. In the summer of 2009, Brian was approached by Wayne Herndon (WHRC, Wizard Coin Supply) with the opportunity to run Dick Osburn Rare Coins. Excited at the possibility of being mentored by Dick Osburn, Brian accepted the positions of Vice President and Senior Numismatist. Dick and Brian quickly formed a wonderful friendship and rewarding mentorship. In the winter of 2014, Brian acquired the business from Wayne and is now the sole owner of Dick Osburn Rare Coins (now Osburn Cushing Numismatics).

Brian has established himself as a nationally recognized dealer and specialist in all things early United States silver coinage. Brian is the West Coast Regional Director of the Liberty Seated Collectors' Club. Brian is on the board of governors of the National Silver Dollar Roundtable, of which he is a life member. Brian also holds life memberships with the American Numismatic Association, The Virginia Numismatic Association and The Florida United Numismatist. Brian is also a member of the Barber Coin Collectors’ Society.

Brian is the co-author (along with Dick Osburn) of the reference guide, "Liberty Seated Dollars: A Register of Die Varieties" released in January of 2018. An online version of the book is also available at www.SeatedDollarVarieties.com.

Brian is happily married to his lovely wife Jen and enjoys spending time with her and their four amazing children...Andrew, Ella, Hannah and Jackson; and their four fur-babies. He is very thankful for their patience and support as he spends much of his time traveling the country hunting for great coins.

Brian can be reached at osburncushing@gmail.com or by calling or texting him at 603.767.7745.