Few numismatists bridged the academic and commercial sides of the hobby as well as the late David Akers. His six-volume series published between 1975 and 1982, United States Gold Coins: An Analysis of Auction Records, was definitive for a generation and remains influential. His four-decade career as a dealer and auctioneer, first with Paramount International Coin Corporation and later as David W. Akers, Inc., saw many great successes. Most notable of all was the John Jay Pittman Collection, offered in three parts from 1997 to 1999, which benefited from his concise, erudite, and scrupulous cataloging. He received Lifetime Achievement awards from the American Numismatic Association and the Professional Numismatists Guild, which also recognized him with the Robert Friedberg Literary Award and the Abe Kosoff Founders Award. He was one of only two dealers to win all three of PNG's highest honors.
Sharron Akers married David in 1969, during the period between his service in Vietnam as an artillery officer and his coin career, when he was a graduate student and later a collegiate instructor in mathematics. They were together for 43 years until his death and she was an important presence at David W. Akers, Inc. The 23 coins in The David & Sharron Akers Collection showcase his remarkable eye for quality, including multiple MS69-graded gold dollars. Their 1826 BD-2 half eagle, MS66 PCGS, is by far the finest of just three examples known and a major highlight of Platinum Night.
A few of the other highlights of this collection include:
- 1822 25C 25/50C PR65 PCGS. B-2, R.8 as a proof
- 1831 25C Large Letters PR66 PCGS. B-5, R.7 as a proof
- 1849 50C PR66 PCGS
- 1857 $1 MS66 NGC
- 1853 G$1 MS69 PCGS
- 1864 G$1 MS69 NGC
- 1860 $3 MS67 PCGS
- 1863 $3 MS67 PCGS
- 1865 $3 MS66 PCGS
- 1882 $3 MS67 NGC