D. Brent Pogue
A Numismatist and Custodian
David Brent Pogue was born in Dallas, Texas on December 19, 1964. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987 with a degree in economics. Upon graduation, Brent moved to New York where he was employed on Wall Street as an analyst with Goldman Sachs’ real estate department. Three years later, he went to work for Lincoln Property Company in New York continuing his career in real estate. Brent was then transferred to Lincoln’s Chicago office working in the company’s real estate development branch.
A few years later, he returned to Dallas and helped form a mortgage acquisition business for Lincoln, a subsidiary named the Praedium Fund. Brent’s work with Praedium as an asset manager responsible for negotiations took him to Los Angeles, California where he’s been ever since. The skills he honed negotiating real estate acquisitions and load payoffs would serve Brent well as his early casual interest in coins became a passion that steered him into collecting full time. Over decades and through connoisseurship, knowledge, and persistence he would build the finest-ever collection of early American federal coinage of the 1792 to late 1830s era.
Brent first became interested in coins at the age of 10 when his father, nationally-known real estate developer Mack Pogue, presented him with a bag filled with wheat-back Lincoln pennies. As he sifted through the pile of predominantly dull coins, a shiny 1915 cent caught Brent’s eye and ended up being worth $65. This would mark his entrance into the field of numismatics, and coins would be a fixture in his life from that point on.
Understanding that knowledge is key, Brent would go far beyond the Guide Book, which had satisfied his initial curiosity as a boy looking up that 1915 cent, to build a fine reference library of auction catalogs and standard works.
In the late 1970s, Brent drew his father into numismatics, and as a team they jumped in with both feet, participating in the most important auctions of the time. In the Louis E. Eliasberg U.S. Gold Coin Collection sale in 1982, together they kept their eyes on the important coins and acquired the only 1822 half eagle in private hands and the only 1854-S half eagle privately owned.
In 2001 Brent went into rare coins full time. While adding to his own collection he attended many conventions and auctions to buy and sell. His first major transaction was the purchase of a type set of copper and silver coins from Stack’s in 2022. In 2003 he completed the acquisition of the Foxfire Collection formed over a long period of years by Claude E. Davis, MD. In 2005 he negotiated for and completed the purchase of the Great Lakes Collection of $3 gold, complete except, of course, for the 1870-S. This was the finest known such collection at the time, replete with many gems.
It is with mixed feelings the Brent prepares to share the most valuable collection of federal American coins in private hands with a new generation of owners, as he comments in his Personal Note in the present catalog.
Many of Brent’s experiences will be expanded upon in a forthcoming book, The D. Brent Pogue Collection of American Coinage: The Definitive Sylloge, for which he is the advisor. It will describe the world of early American coinage from 1792 through the late 1830s, will tell more about Brent’s numismatic career, and will illustrate and describe over 650 coins. More about this will be announced at a later date.
D. Brent Pogue