The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation

Bass encouraged, promoted and participated in the exchange of information among dealers and collectors, setting up his foundation for charitable and educational endeavors, numismatic research and community development. Among other projects, the foundation developed and funded the Numismatic Indexes Project (NIP)-a computer-based, searchable index of a variety of numismatic publications, includingThe Numismatist, accessible from the ANA's web site.


See the pattern coins in the Harry W. Bass Gallery. 


An active collector and quintessential philanthropist, Harry W. Bass Jr. was a life member of the ANA for more than 30 years. He was awarded the Medal of Merit in 1989 and was inducted into the Association's Numismatic Hall of Fame in 1998. Bass' interest in numismatics began in the mid-1960s. He joined the ANA in 1966 and spent a year studying the subject before he actively began collecting. Soon after entering the field, he defined his goal - to collect United States-issue gold coins from 1795 to 1933 by date and mintmark, with special attention to die varieties of early U.S. gold.

He made many important numismatic discoveries while creating one of the most complete U.S. gold coin collections ever assembled, including many one-of-a-kind specimens. Of paramount importance in the collection is a set of virtually all known die varieties of early (1795 to 1834) United States gold coin denominations, in the finest condition.
Also included in the Bass holdings are:

  • The only complete collection of $3 gold pieces, including the unique 1870-S
  • A complete collection of U.S. gold coin types of all periods and designs from 1834 to 1933
  • A spectacular grouping of rare U.S. pattern coins
In 2000, the ANA was honored to have its museum selected by the Harry W. Bass Jr. Research Foundation as the perfect home for this incredible collection.