Category Archives: Jeremy Bostwick

World Coin Auction: A Spanish Gold Double Principats of Charles and Joanna

World Coin Auction Highlights by Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The rise in power and prestige of the Habsburg dynasty in Austria during the 14th and 15th centuries created the possibility for more advantageous marriages and, as a result, political alliances. The first from the family to become Holy Roman […]

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Talers of the Habsburg Dynasty in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The Habsburgs came to dominate European affairs for nearly four centuries, with the family name eventually becoming synonymous with that of the Holy Roman Empire. This exalted status wasn’t always the case, however, as the family started with a small holding along the Rhine. […]

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The Duke of Lansing Collection of British Coronation Medals

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The crowning of any monarch is always a momentous celebration, highly anticipated and carefully planned. In the United Kingdom, such an occasion warranted the striking of medals commemorating the regal festivities so that the collecting community might honor the new sovereign. This practice began […]

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Stack’s Bowers Collectors Choice Auction Features the Timeless Medals of Erik Lindberg

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… In the world of medallic art, France may come to mind for its association with some of the most skilled and elegant craftsmen and their work, especially during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Any survey of medals and coins from this period […]

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Gold Quarter Mohurs of the Zand at Stack’s Bowers Collectors Choice Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… While the American colonies were in the midst of a revolution that would see them gain independence from Great Britain, Persia on the other side of the world was mostly experiencing a period of peace and relative stability following decades of infighting. The Zands […]

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The “Dolphin Rider” Coinage of Tarentum: Stack’s Bowers Ancient Coins

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… An ever-popular collecting motif on ancient coins, the “dolphin rider” types represent an extremely important iconography for the coinage of Tarentum, the city upon which modern Taranto, Italy was built. Tarentum was founded in the eighth century BCE during a period of Greek colonization, […]

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Medals of Li Hung-Chang—Strategist, Diplomat & World Traveler

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… After spending his early life in scholarly pursuits, the rise of Li Hung-chang (李鴻章, Lǐ Hóngzhāng) began during the unrest created by the Taiping Rebellion—a Chinese civil war that lasted from 1850-1864. Given Li’s familiarity with Anhwei (Ānhuī) Province, he was tapped to advise […]

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Off-Metal Pattern Coins in the Early Chinese Republic

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following over two millennia of highly standardized and predictable currency in the form of cash, Chinese coins began a period of experimentation in the early part of the 20th century. The rather simplistic cast, holed coinage offering a few characters and possibly a mint […]

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Rare Hong Kong 1893 10 Dollar Note: Only Issued Pick-143 Certified by PMG

By Aris Maragoudakis – Director of World Currency Auctions, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… In lot 50281 of the upcoming Stack’s Bowers May 4, 2020 Hong Kong Auction of Chinese, Hong Kong and World Paper Money, we will be offering a scarce banknote printed by Barclay and Fry Ltd. PMG’s population report lists this note as […]

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The MBMY Collection—Chinese Pattern Coins (and More!) for the Connoisseur

Chinese Pattern Coins by Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Our monumental 10th Anniversary Hong Kong auction, marking a decade of important offerings in Asia by Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio, presents a tremendous array of exceptional and eclectic rarities — Chinese-specific as well as other interesting pieces from around the region. […]

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The Chinese Boxer Rebellion and its Numismatic Ramifications

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following the Sino-Japanese War of 1895, western influence increased within China (both in terms of trade and an influx of European and American nationals). Similarly, anti-western sentiments among the native Chinese populace began to increase. One aspect that left many bewildered was the great […]

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The Initial Numismatic Offerings of the Sierra Leone Company

Sierra Leone Company by Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers ……   Having its first contact with Europeans in the mid-15th century, the area that would become Sierra Leone saw use as a trading ground—for goods as well as slaves—for the next three centuries. By the late 18th century, however, the British […]

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Daniel Mendoza and the Ascent of Modern Combat Sports on Conder Tokens

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… ​Though neither pugilistic technique—be it in boxing or in MMA (mixed martial arts)—nor the idea of pay-per-view are anything new, these concepts weren’t always the case in the world of combat sports and entertainment. Prior to the late 18th century, boxers generally stood still, […]

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The Legend of Lady Godiva and the Trade Tokens of Coventry

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Lady Godiva in Anglo-Saxon days was a noblewoman married to Leofric, the Earl of Mercia in what is now central England. Though the legend surrounding her is viewed today rather apocryphally, it nevertheless has survived for at least seven centuries at least in part […]

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A Double Rose Nobel from Gelderland—Unpublished and Unique, Forgotten and Now Rediscovered

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… An English gold coin first minted under King Edward III in 1344, the noble became a popular type with robust, intricate iconography on each side, similar to other contemporary gold issues circulating throughout Western Europe. The obverse—commemorating the English naval victory at the Battle […]

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Caesar and His Untimely End on the Ides of March

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Gaius Julius Caesar, commonly known by his nomen and cognomen (the second and third parts of his name), came to prominence as both a general and a politician in the middle third of the first century BCE. During this time he formed the first […]

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The General and the Student—A Personalized, Unique Gold Medal Following the Brutality of World War I

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Ferdinand Foch, a French general and military strategist, served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in the latter part of World War I, ultimately guiding the allies to victory in their defeat of the Central Powers in November 1918. As a result of […]

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The Legionary Marc Antony Denarii: A Featured Group in the Stack’s Bowers World & Ancient Coin ANA Auction

  By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following the assassination of Rome’s ‘dictator for life’ Julius Caesar in 44 BCE, Rome was plunged further into chaos, having already seen Caesar quell a bitter feud with the Senate and Gn. Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great) just a few years prior. Many […]

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Important Judaea Capta Coinage Offered in Stack’s Bowers August ANA Auction

  By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… This week’s featured ancient coin highlight from our Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money offers an opportunity to present not only a rare and important Roman issue but also introduce a few interesting selections coming up in the August sale. […]

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