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BRIAN P. CUSHING

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

After high school Brian worked as a courier and then a courier manager for a Pathology company on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. He also attended the University of New Hampshire and then 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. He gladly accepted this exciting new opportunity. Thanks to Liz, he developed a strong interest in attributing die varieties.

Brian left J.J. Teaparty in 2007 and started his own business, Brian Cushing Rare Coins. As a wholesale dealer, he made many new contacts within the hobby. One of these contacts was Wayne Herndon of Wayne Herndon Rare Coins and Wizard Coin Supply. Wayne approached Brian with an opportunity to run a business he was considering acquiring. That business was Dick Osburn Rare Coins. Excited at the idea of being mentored by Dick Osburn, he 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 a member of the Liberty Seated Coin Club and Barber Coin Collectors’ Society as well as a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association, The Virginia Numismatic Association and The Florida United Numismatist.

Brian can be reached at bpcushing@gmail.com or rarecoins@dickosburn.com.



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.

In the past few years, Dick and Brian have begun to study and research the Liberty Seated Dollar series with the express purpose of offering the numismatic community a research guide to Liberty Seated Dollar varieties. In addition to a book, Dick and Brian have plans to build a website similar to the Liberty Seated Dime website offered by Gerry Fortin (www.seateddimevarieties.com). They hope to have this website running by the winter of 2015.

Dick can be reached at rarecoins@dickosburn.com.