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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, once of J.J. Teaparty and now Elizabeth Coggan Numimatics. Liz and her husband Miles approached Brian about joining J.J. Teaparty in the summer of 2004. He gladly accepted this exciting new opportunity. Thanks to Liz, a great friend and mentor, he developed a strong interest in attributing die varieties. Starting in the office, he learned much about the business through customer service, order processing, coin photography, essentially a "jack of all trades." He would eventually earn the opportunity to travel to local and national conventions as their coin wholesaler. In this position he established relationships with many of the largest national dealers and companies in the hobby.

In the fall of 2007, he started his own business, Brian Cushing Rare Coins. He 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, he 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 in June of the following year. Dick and Brian quickly formed a wonderful friendship and rewarding mentorship. In the winter of 2013, 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 coinage. He is the West Coast Regional Director of the Liberty Seated Collectors' Club (LSCC). Brian serves on the board of the National Silver Dollar Roundtable (NSDR) as a governor. He also serves on the education committee of the NSDR and has hosted educational seminars on Liberty Seated Dollars at national conventions. He holds life memberships with the American Numismatic Association, The Virginia Numismatic Association and The Florida United Numismatist. He is also a member of the Barber Coin Collectors’ Society and a dealer member of PCGS, NGC and CAC.

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 children...Andrew, Ella, Hannah and Jackson. 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.