Feirstein, Barry R. (b. 1952)

    In 2008 NAC sold the Barry Feirstein Collection of Ancient Coins Part IV.
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    By Hadrien Rambach

    Barry Feirstein is a Harvard graduate who started a Wall Street career as a technology analyst and became the manager of his own hedge-fund company, Feirstein Capital Management (1993-2010). He donated $5 million in 2011 to create a Graduate School of Cinema, and commented in The Wall Street Journal: “I’ve been an investor all my life in things like Apple and Microsoft and have seen the creation of businesses and industries. To me, this investment is the same thing: we are going to create something that will have major impact on the film industry, Brooklyn College and New York City”.

    A teenage collector of American coins, Feirstein started to collect again in 1994 after attending an ancient coin auction. When Numismatica Ars Classica sold his coins in three auctions, nos 39 (2007), 42 (2007) and 45 (2008) , it was suggested that this might be a first collection – formed in less than 10 years – and that he might not have relinquished the pursuit forever.

    Bibliography:

    • 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. [67]-[79].
    • 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.