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In Memory of Bruce Scher

It is with great sorrow that we announce the loss of close friend and renowned collector Bruce Scher. Bruce passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 4th. He will be greatly missed by us, his family, and by his many friends both in and out of the numismatic community.

Bruce always had a passion for building the best.  Over the past three decades, Bruce built his empire of 30 plus tire locations from the ground up, starting with his first store in 1981. This success allowed him to fulfill his dream of creating unsurpassed numismatic collections.  He assembled finest known sets of proof Barber and Seated material, but his first love was always Classic Silver Commemoratives.  

He initially worked on an incredible 50-piece set, which ranked as all-time finest when it sold in 2005.  Almost immediately, he felt drawn again to this historically significant part of the hobby.  He loved the beauty of the many designs, as well as the magnificent color patterns in which they can be found.  He decided the second time around to go for the complete 144-piece set which he sold through us earlier this year.  It was inducted into PCGS’ Hall of Fame and described as “…quite simply the finest ever assembled. The quality is uniformly spectacular.  Many of the coins are the highest ever graded, and quite a few are unique for their grade.  The Scher set stands above all others as the finest silver commemorative set of all-time.”  We couldn’t agree more. 

We know that Bruce’s numismatic legacy will live on, and his commitment to the finest is represented by the collections that he built over the years. His work and dedication to the hobby will undoubtedly inspire many others to build the collections of their dreams. His zest for life will always be remembered by all of us at Pinnacle Rarities.


6 thoughts on “In Memory of Bruce Scher”

  • gregg bingham

    bruce was a great friend of mine as we shared many interests in common from coins to our businesses...that being said im extremely deeply sadened by his passing and if i could put the way i feel in words to a song it would be " you picked a fine time to leave my Lucille " by kenny rogers

    RIP buddy....and dont leave the light on buddy cause im trying to stay put for a while but as we have discussed many times please feel free to watch over me

    gregg bingham

  • Kathy Lawrence

    Although I did not know Bruce personally, I recently cataloged a number of Classic Commemoratives that had once been part of his collection. His love of the material and quest for the finest examples was evident and I gained an admiration for him as a numismatist while studying the pieces.

    Over the years, I have cataloged a vast array of material from countless consignors and have evaluated collections for estates. On occasion I have examined material that has led me to feel some type of connection with the collector whether a figurative peek into a window to see how lovingly they organized and cared for the material, or perhaps the time and patience it took to acquire the pieces based on their records or notes on the holders. In Bruce’s case, it was the obvious love and knowledge he had for the items based on the selections. Some collectors do leave their marks in ways they may not imagine with people they never met.

    I was sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bruce’s family and friends.

  • Michael Cali MD

    Bruce and I were competitors on the PCGS registry and yet he was always most gracious and generous when it came to sharing information or trading coins we each needed for our sets. He was a true gentleman and will be deeply missed in the collecting community.

  • Greg Rohan

    What awful news. I thought the world of Bruce. I met him when we worked together on his consignment to Heritage when he sold the first part of his collection. He and his wife welcomed me in their lovely home, were gracious and kind, and he could not have been a nicer person before, during, and after the auction. I am so saddened to hear of his sudden passing. ~Greg

  • Carlos Rosas

    Thank you sir for everything.

  • Erin Banttari

    My name is Erin and I was the lucky girl engaged to Bruce. I have had the pleasure to go with him to coin shows and feel the excitement that would build in him as we would walk around the rooms. He loved seeing his friends that shared this passion! This was one in the ways Bruce would LOVE to spend a few hours and then get some ribs after... Bruce appreciated the art if the deal. Finding a coin with none finer! He took pride in his sets and loved those coins. He valued the business side of his relationship with Kathleen but he would tell you their friendship was the best part! His face would light up when they got a great deal or that oh so perfect coin he was waiting for. Bruce was a man that raised the bar. On everybody that knew him. His coins and his reputation will live on as a testament to his standard for quality. 7776

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