By Hadrien Rambach
Robert Ebert, born in Ohio, had been sent to Staunton Military School in order to recover from the effects of polio. He then pursued an engineering degree at Purdue, graduated in 1950, and enlisted in the Air Force where he was quickly recruited for secret military projects requiring top-level security clearance. Later, he joined the company that his father had founded, Rubbermaid, a kitchen products company which he helped develop. In addition, in 1967, he had developed a blow moulding business, which was soon successful with factories in North Carolina, California and Mexico. And, as an investor, he developed Lakeside Park in Mooresville, NC. A keen hunter and fisherman, enthusiast about gardens and aquariums, he was a man of wide interests who built first-rate collections of art, firearms and coins.
With the assistance of New Jersey dealer Arnold Saslow, who supplied most of his coins – bought at auctions and privately – such as the Hausman collection which he bought en bloc, Ebert built a collection specializing in Hadrianic coins which was auctioned by Stack’s in January 2013, while his Greek coins were sold in Gemini V (January 2009).
- Hadrien Rambach, “Provenance glossary”, in Numismatica Ars Classica, Auction 91: the George W. La Borde collection of Roman aurei – part I, Zurich, 23 May 2016, pp. -.
- Hadrien Rambach, “Provenance glossary”, in Numismatica Ars Classica, Auction 99: the George W. La Borde collection of Roman aurei – part II, Zurich, 29 May 2017, pp. 47-63.
- Hadrien Rambach, “Provenance glossary”, in Numismatica Ars Classica, Auction 105: the George W. La Borde collection of Roman aurei – part III, Zurich, 9 May 2018, pp. 82-105.
This article was first published in a catalogue of auction house Numismatica Ars Classica.