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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 attended the University of New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce College. During that time he met and married the cousin of prominent Numismatist Liz Coggan of J.J. Teaparty. In the summer of 2004, Liz and her husband Miles approached Brian about joining their business in Boston. Brian gladly accepted this exciting new opportunity. Thanks to Liz, he developed a strong interest in attributing die varieties. One of the many hats worn at J.J. Teaparty was that of national coin wholesaler. In this position, Brian traveled to coin conventions across the country, establishing relationships with many of the largest national dealers and companies in the hobby.

Brian left J.J. Teaparty in 2007 and started his own business, Brian Cushing Rare Coins. In the summer of 2009, Brian was approached by Wayne Herndon of Wizard Coin Supply and Wayne Herndon Rare Coins with an opportunity to run a business he was about to acquire. That business turned out to be Dick Osburn Rare Coins. Excited at the possibility of being mentored by Dick Osburn, Brian accepted the positions of Vice President and Senior Numismatist. In the winter of 2014, Brian acquired the business from Wayne and is now the sole owner of Dick Osburn Rare Coins.

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

Brian is a co-author (along with Dick Osburn) of the upcoming book, "Liberty Seated Dollars: A Register of Die Varieties" due to be released in January of 2018. The web-book is currently live at www.seateddollarvarieties.com.

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



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 55+ 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 full time to numismatics (both as a dealer and a devoted collector of seated halves).

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 scene as a consultant and mentor to Brian Cushing.

Dick is a co-author (along with Brian Cushing) of the upcoming book, "Liberty Seated Dollars: A Register of Die Varieties" due to be released in early 2018. The web-book is currently live at www.seateddollarvarieties.com.

Dick can be reached at dickosburn@comcast.net.