Category Archives: US Paper Money

1914 FRN $20/$10 Double Denomination Error in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Currency Auction

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Stack’s Bowers Galleries is offering a remarkable Fr.964 1914 Federal Reserve Note $20/$10 Double Denomination Error in their November 2020 United States Currency auction (lot 7169). This example is the A position note of a cut sheet of four 1914 Burke-McAdoo signed FRNs from the […]

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Month-Long Metals and Tokens and Currency Auctions From Heritage

The latest Month-Long auction from Heritage Auctions features Metals and Tokens in its offering of a selection of Certified American Tokens and Medals. Open for bidding now, this auction concludes with a live session at 6 PM CT on October 29. The vast majority of the Metals and Tokens offerings in this auction are either […]

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PCGS Grades Finest Example of Ultra-Rare 1890 Grand Watermelon Note

By Cory Williams for PCGS …… PCGS Banknote is very pleased to have recently graded the ultra-rare 1890 $1,000 Grand Watermelon Treasury Note, and at PCGS About Uncirculated 50 it is the finest known! “I am very excited to have this iconic and historic note certified and encapsulated by PCGS Banknote,” says Stack’s Bowers Galleries […]

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Maurice Storck Collection of Currency in Heritage Month-Long Auction

Maurice Storck was a popular, long-time coin dealer schooled early-on by the Great Depression and later by World War II. He was a decorated veteran who witnessed first-hand the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Later, he faithfully served the army’s 25th infantry division at Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands. After the war, he was one […]

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Nearly Uncirculated 1928 $50 Gold Certificate Star Note in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Auction

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… A pleasing Fr.2404* 1920 $50 Gold Certificate Star Note graded About Uncirculated 55 EPQ will be offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November currency auction. Just around 40 examples of this rare small size replacement type are recorded in the census. The offered example displays […]

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A $10,000 Bill Sets $384,000 World Record at Heritage Auctions

Bill is now world’s most valuable ‘small-size’ note   A 1934 U.S. banknote set the world record for the most valuable type of its kind sold at auction when it brought $384,000 USD at Heritage Auctions. The $10,000 bill sets the ceiling on the most valuable “small size” piece of currency ever sold. “This is […]

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A Closer Look at the Series of 1896 $2 Silver Certificate

By Cory Williams for PCGS …… The Series of 1896 Silver Certificates are referred to as the “Educational Series” in the hobby due to the design on the $1 “History Instructing Youth” issue. All three denominations in this series consist of elaborate allegorical artwork on the face of the note that makes one forget for […]

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$20 Bill Changes Since 1976: CoinWeek Streaming News

CoinWeek Streaming News is brought to you by NGC. For information about NGC’s current grading specials and services, as well as to look up certs, pricing information, and current populations, visit www.ngccoin.com. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan takes a survey of all of the different $20 bills that have been issued since roughly 1976. Quite a few signature […]

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A Closer Look at the Republic of Texas 1843 25¢ Exchequer Bill

By Cory Williams for PCGS …… Prior to being admitted to the union as the 28th state, Texas existed as a republic from 1836 to 1846. Famous Texan Sam Houston would be elected as president of the Republic of Texas twice, the second time rigorously overseeing the final issue of Texas paper money before statehood. […]

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PMG Announces Two Certified Paper Money Labels in New Format

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) is now offering two attractive special labels that fully embrace its recently released fourth-generation holder and label design. One label features a waving US flag across the full length of the PMG label, bordered by blue holographic foil at the left and red holographic foil at the right. The other label […]

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A Closer Look at the Series of 1886 $2 Silver Certificate

By Cory Williams for PCGS …… While Silver Certificates began in 1878, the Series of 1886 would be the first issuance of denominations smaller than $10. These lower denominations would see a lot of circulation given their smaller face values and the fact that they were frequently substituted for the heavy silver dollars that people […]

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Eight PMG-Certified Paper Money Lots Each Realize Over $100,000 at Heritage Sale

An impressive eight lots certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) each realized over $100,000 in the Heritage Auctions US Currency Signature Auction held on August 3, 2020. They included three uncut sheets from the outstanding Monarch Collection as well as five high-denomination Federal Reserve Notes. In fact, 23 of the top 25 lots were certified […]

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Heritage Auction 1st Public Offering Since 1993 of Unique Speelman-White Uncut Sheets

Heritage Auctions to offer rare uncut currency sheet. Present-day collectors are familiar with the fact that uncut sheets of modern currency are available for a small premium from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) in Washington, DC. Uncut sheets of Large Size Notes, however, are another matter entirely. None were made available to the […]

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Heritage Offers Aberon Collection of Virginia Obsolete Banknotes

Open for bidding now at Heritage is an auction of the Aberon Collection of Virginia Obsolete Banknotes, one of our month-long auctions intended for collectors of all numismatic budgets. The live auction will begin at 7 PM on Friday, July 31. This fascinating collection consists of 464 notes, mostly from the 1850s and ’60s, including […]

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PCGS Banknote Grades Ultra-Rare $1,000 Grand Watermelon Note

The 1890 $1,000 Grand Watermelon was the first banknote to cross the million-dollar threshold at auction   The finest known example of the ultra-rare 1890 $1,000 “Grand Watermelon” Treasury Note, which in 2005 became the first banknote to bring $1 million at auction, has been certified and graded by PCGS Banknote. Issued in $100 as […]

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A Closer Look at the Series of 1918 $2 Battleship Note

By Cory Williams for PCGS ……   Back of Series of 1918 “Battleship Note” $2 Federal Reserve Bank Note, courtesy of Heritage Auctions While the terminology sounds almost the same, Federal Reserve Bank Notes differ from Federal Reserve Notes in the language of which entity will be paying to the bearer on demand. “FRBNs”, as […]

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Rare Indian Head Eagles Lead Almost $12 Million Heritage Long Beach Auction Results

Two rare Indian Head eagles, representing the first and last years of the issue, led Heritage’s June 4-7 Long Beach Signature Auction of US coins to total sales over $11 million USD. The corresponding June 5 Pinnacle US Rarities Collection Currency Auction added close to $900 thousand, bringing the total results for the weekend close […]

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Finest Known “Grand Watermelon” 1890 $1000 Treasury Note: Stack’s Bowers Direct

Finest Known “Grand Watermelon” 1890 $1000 Treasury Note The “Holy Grail” of American Currency Friedberg 379a (W-4580). 1890 $1000 Treasury Note. PCGS Currency About New 50.   Perhaps no single note has captivated United States currency collectors as much as this 1890 $1,000 Treasury Note. Popularly known as the “Grand Watermelon“, these notes gained their […]

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The 2000 United States Millennium Coinage & Currency Set Turns 20

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The anticipation surrounding the dawning of the new millennium had been building for many years by the time calendars finally changed to the year 2000. While flying cars were nowhere to be seen, the arrival of the third millennium “Anno Domini” was greeted by a throng of numismatic promotional […]

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Notable Notes: The “Lincoln Porthole” $5 Silver Certificate

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… This article marks the debut of a new regular segment called “Notable Notes”, in which we profile a particularly remarkable piece of paper money that our graders at the newly launched PCGS Banknote have come across. We kick off this new segment with one of the more popular 20th-century […]

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Heritage Offers Jesse Lopez Classic Silver Dollar Collection, Confederate Currency

The Jesse Lopez Dollar Collection Heritage’s latest month-long coin auction is The Jesse Lopez Dollar Collection, running through April 15 at coins.HA.com. As with most of our month-long auctions, this offering focuses on collector coins, with offerings for budgets of all sizes. Silver dollars are always popular, and like most of our US coin auctions, […]

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PMG Certifies Legendary ANA Bebee Collection’s Uncut Sheets

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) was honored to recently certify nearly 20 uncut sheets of banknotes from the legendary ANA Bebee Collection. The sheets were submitted to PMG by the American Numismatic Association (ANA), the country’s largest nonprofit numismatic organization, which received the Bebee Collection in 1988. Banknotes are printed in sheets that are then cut […]

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Stack’s Bowers Sale of Pogue Collection US Paper Money Realizes More Than $9.2 Million

View All Lots & Bid in the Internet Sessions Here   Stack’s Bowers Galleries remarkable offering of the D. Brent Pogue Collection Part VI – Masterpieces of United States Paper Money realized over $9.2 million USD during the firm’s March 2020 Auction, held at their Santa Ana, California headquarters Thursday, March 19. The prices realized […]

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PMG Certifies the ‘Holy Grail’ of Uncut Currency

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) recently certified a group of seven of the greatest uncut sheets of US banknotes in existence. The seven sheets highlight the Monarch Collection, a phenomenal collection of US paper money carefully curated by a collector decades ago, before the advent of paper money certification. The centerpiece of the Monarch Collection is […]

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Finest Known $100 “Watermelon” Note Featured in Stack’s Bowers March Baltimore Auction

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… The finest known Fr. 377 1890 $100 Treasury Note will be offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo March 18-20 in Baltimore. The note is among the highlights of the much-heralded D. Brent Pogue Collection of […]

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Mackinaw Collection Now Open for Bidding at Heritage Auction

The latest month-long internet coin auction from Heritage features the Mackinaw Collection, consisting primarily of gold double eagles and half eagles with a smattering of other issues. Unusually, this auction also includes a few pieces of currency, which follows closely from the story of how the collection was assembled. This auction is open for bidding […]

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D. Brent Pogue Paper Money, Q. David Bowers Confederate Collection Headline Stack’s Bowers March Baltimore Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be presenting their first United States currency auction event of the year in Baltimore, Maryland, March 18-20, 2020. Headlined by the D. Brent Pogue Collection of United States Paper Money, the U.S. Currency sessions will feature more than 600 live lots with estimates totaling in excess of $11 million! The marvelous […]

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PMG Grades Mismatched Serial Number Error on US $20 Bill

A woman who made a purchase at the January 2020 Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Show in Orlando got an unexpected bonus in her change: a $20 bill with a valuable mismatched serial number error. She immediately submitted the note to Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®), which confirmed that the 2013 $20 Federal Reserve Note (Boston) had […]

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BEP Introduces America’s Founding Fathers 2020 Currency Set

By Bureau of Engraving and Printing …… The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is pleased to introduce the America’s Founding Fathers 2020 Currency Set. Each set contains a Series 2017 $1 note and Series 2013 $2 note from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, featuring the portraits of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, […]

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Heritage Auctions’ January Numismatic Sales Exceed $68.8 Million

FUN and NYINC sales set world-record prices   Heritage Auctions has announced that its numismatic sales through the month of January totaled a combined $68,811,129 USD from its Signature Auctions held during the Florida United Numismatic (FUN) Convention and the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). Sales spanned U.S. Coins, U.S. Currency, World Paper Money […]

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Daniel Morgan Autographed $1 Martha Note to be Offered in March 2020 Pogue VI Sale

Note Presented to Famed Collector Albert Grinnell By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… One of the fascinating notes we have encountered while cataloging the incredible D. Brent Pogue Collection of United States Paper Money is a Fr.223 1891 $1 “Martha Washington” Silver Certificate that was courtesy autographed by United States Treasurer Daniel […]

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Customs and Border Protection Seizes $900K Worth of Counterfeit US $1 Bills

By United States Customs and Border Protection …… U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the International Falls Port of Entry seized $900,000 in counterfeit United States currency Friday that was discovered in a commercial rail shipment originating from China. “CBP officers strive every day to protect the United States from a variety of […]

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PMG Celebrates 15 Years, Nearly 5 Million Notes Graded

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020, a year that will also see the world’s leading third-party paper money grading service surpass five million notes certified. Both of these milestones of longevity and volume are unparalleled achievements in third-party paper money grading. PMG graded its one-millionth note just five years ago […]

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Stack’s Bowers Present Rarities From D. Brent Pogue Collection in March 2020 Baltimore Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce Part VI and Part VII of the now legendary D. Brent Pogue Collection. The Pogue Collection will forever be known as an incredible assembly of the very finest early American coins from 1792 through the 1830s. The five sales already completed featured this portion of the collection, almost […]

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PMG Recertifies World-Famous D. Brent Pogue Collection of Banknotes

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) was chosen to recertify the more than 200 banknotes in the world-famous D. Brent Pogue collection. All of Pogue’s notes are now encapsulated in the latest generation PMG holder, which delivers superior optics and presentation along with the best long-term preservation. Pogue, who died unexpectedly in July 2019, assembled the most […]

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D. Brent Pogue Collection of United States Paper Money at Whitman Baltimore Expo

The D. Brent Pogue Collection of United States Paper Money is considered to be one of the finest ever assembled. For nearly two decades Brent Pogue focused on finest known examples, Serial Number 1, and “Star/Replacement” notes, along with other extreme rarities. As with his coin collection, each note was purchased with an emphasis on […]

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Confederate Currency of Randy Shipley Collection Offered at Heritage FUN Auction

Confederate Currency Auction Highlights by Heritage Auctions …… Dr. James Randall Shipley, otherwise known as “Randy” to his numerous friends, was born in Kingsport, Tennessee on February 9, 1953, spent most of his life in eastern Tennessee, and died in Kingsport on February 26, 2019. An avid archaeologist with professional training, Randy collected and researched […]

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Over $11 Million in Counterfeit U.S. $100 Bills Seized in Taiwan

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. In many places around the world, United States Federal Reserve Notes are accepted as an official currency and legal tender. In many other places, they exist in a quasi-legal limbo, often circulating on the grey and black markets. And no matter where the notes are found or how they […]

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Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Currency Auction Realizes Over $1.5 Million

Official Auction of the 2019 Whitman Winter Expo Brings a Total of More Than $19 million The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo saw $1,510,700 in rare United States paper money trade hands between its Thursday, November 14 evening live session in Baltimore and the Tuesday, November 19 […]

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PCGS Banknote Accepting  Paper Money Submissions January 2020

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will again be authenticating, grading, and certifying United States and world paper money domestically with the launch of a new service, PCGS Banknote (www.PCGS.com/banknote), in early January 2020. The company has successfully provided PCGS Gold Shield brand grading of U.S. and world paper money at its international Asia and Europe offices for the past four years. It now will offer […]

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US, Chinese & World Banknotes, Coins & Scripophily Auction From Archives International Ends Nov. 21

Archives International Auction’s (AIA) November “Auction 56” scheduled for Thursday, November 21, consists of 1,040 lots of in three sessions. Session 1 will include 447 lots of World and Chinese banknotes, coins, and scripophily featuring many rare and desirable notes. Session 1 begins at 10:30 am ET. Session 2 (lots 448-789) will include 341 lots […]

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New-to-Census Choice Uncirculated 1928 $500 Gold Certificate Offered in Stack’s Bowers November Auction

$500 Rarity to be Sold in Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2019 Auction   By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers ……   A recently rediscovered Series of 1928 $500 Gold Certificate will be available to the collecting public for the first time in decades in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Official Currency Auction of the Whitman […]

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New-to-Census Choice Uncirculated 1928 $500 Gold Certificate Offered in Stack’s Bowers November Auction

$500 Rarity to be Sold in Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2019 Auction   By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers ……   A recently rediscovered Series of 1928 $500 Gold Certificate will be available to the collecting public for the first time in decades in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Official Currency Auction of the Whitman […]

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Verify PMG Certification Now Features Images of 3 Million Notes

  Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) has announced that its online Verify PMG Certification tool, which enables free, quick and easy searches of its certification database, now features images of more than three million PMG-certified notes. Verify PMG Certification lets a user enter a note’s certification number and grade to confirm its description and grade in […]

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In God We Trust: New Whitman Book Explores the Civil War, Its Effects on American Money, Banking, and Religion

Whitman Publishing announces the release of In God We Trust: The American Civil War, Money, Banking, and Religion, by numismatic researcher William Bierly. The 352-page hardcover book will debut in November 2019 at booksellers and hobby shops nationwide–as well as online–for $29.95 USD. The national motto “In God We Trust” debuted on United States coinage […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries ANA U.S. Currency Auction Realizes $5.3 Million

  The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official United States Currency Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money realized an impressive $5,320,620 USD in total sales from two live auction sessions and one internet-only session. In total, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official ANA Auction that featured coins and paper money from the United States and around […]

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Great Rarities Headline Heritage’s $45+ Million ANA Coin & Currency Auctions

Great rarities from outstanding collections were the headliners as Heritage’s official auctions of the ANA World’s Fair of Money raised nearly $45.5 million, August 14-18 in Chicago. All prices realized include a Buyer’s Premium of 20%. The US coin auction, held August 14-18, realized in excess of $32.5 million, with the August 14 Platinum Night […]

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High Denomination Notes Highlight Heritage ANA Currency Auction

Heritage’s ANA World’s Fair of MoneyPlatinum Night Currency  Auction, scheduled for the evening of August 15 at the Chicago ANA convention, features the crème de la crème of US currency. This year’s Platinum Night Platinum Night particularly emphasizes large denomination currency in both small size and large size formats. A 1928 $5,000 Federal Reserve note […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Publish American Paper Money Catalogue

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are pleased to announce the availability of our July fixed-price catalogue, featuring rare and desirable works on American paper money. The 127-lot PDF catalogue is divided into two sections–highlights and more common items–and offers a wide variety of material costing from under $20 to over $1,000 USD. To download the […]

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Apollo 11 $50 Currency Set Now Available From Bureau of Engraving and Printing

By Bureau of Engraving and Printing …… The BEP marks the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a special commemorative currency set. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is pleased to introduce the Apollo 11 $50 Currency Set! The […]

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Newly Discovered Santa Maria, CA Serial Number 1 Red Seal Offered in Stack’s Bowers ANA Sale

New Santa Maria Note Added to Sale​   By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers ……   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to feature in our Official Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money the first Red Seal to come forward from the First National Bank of Santa Maria, California. This offering is […]

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New Assortment of US Banknotes on MA-Shops

US Banknotes on  MA-Shops.com ……   At MA-Shops.com, we are proud to show you some of the newly added US banknotes on our numismatic marketplace – one of the most trusted online coin, currency, and exonumia marketplaces in the world. As we hope you know, we offer a great assortment of US banknotes and we […]

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Political Back and Forth as Harriet Tubman $20 Note Design Work Possibly Confirmed

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. On Friday, June 14, in an article by Alan Rappeport, the New York Times presented evidence that design work on the Series 2020 Harriet Tubman $20 Federal Reserve Note had begun as early as 2016 – which runs contrary to recent statements made by Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. […]

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Paper Money News: BEP Celebrates Moon Landing 50th Anniversary with 2019 $2 Rocketship

By Bureau of Engraving and Printing …… In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is pleased to introduce the 2019 $2 Rocketship. The 2019 $2 Rocketship features an uncirculated, Series 2013 $2 Federal Reserve note, with a serial number beginning with “2019”. The […]

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Stack’s Bowers June Collectors Choice Online Auction of U.S. Coin, Currency and World Bullion Closes Live June 12

By Stack’s Bowers …… Our June 2019 Collectors Choice Auction featuring U.S. Coins and Currency is now online. We are pleased to introduce a third session to our monthly Collectors Choice line up containing Bullion and Semi-Numismatic Coins. The Bullion and Semi-Numismatic Coin session features smaller bidding increments so you can calculate your bids more […]

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Harriet Tubman $20 Note Postponed Until 2028

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. Confirmation one way or the other of the Trump Administration’s plans for the Harriet Tubman $20 Federal Reserve Note have been a long time coming. But on Wednesday, May 22, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin finally announced that the release of designs for the new $20 bill has been pushed […]

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Rago to Host Inaugural Online-Only Numismatic Auction on Bidsquare.com

By Rago Arts & Auctions ……   From June 15 through June 30, Rago Auctions is pleased to present its first ever online-only sale of U.S. and world coins and currency. Hosted on bidsquare.com, this 114-lot sale features a strong showing of numismatic specialties and interests, including U.S. paper currency from the 19th century, silver […]

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PMG Certifies Trio of Million-Dollar US Notes

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) has certified three important US notes that were recently sold at auction for a combined $5 million. The group comprises three of the rarest and most iconic US notes, each of which is unique in private hands: An 1869 $500 “Rainbow” Legal Tender Note, attributed as Friedberg-184 and now graded PMG […]

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Anderson Collection Part IV Auction Realizes Nearly $8 Million at Whitman Baltimore Expo

Series of Four Anderson Banknote Collection Sales Realizes Total of $34,126,980 The Stack’s Bowers Galleries February 28 offering of Part IV of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money in Baltimore achieved nearly $8 million. Online bidders competed with those in the room for 54 lots in this final offering, bringing the […]

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US Paper Money: Spectacular 1882 $1,000 Gold Certificate, Only One in Private Hands

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… This highlight showcases one of the most spectacular, most important notes in the Joel R. Anderson Collection Part 4 sale. Just four examples are known, and this is thought to be the only one in private hands. By itself, this note would anchor a great offering […]

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Stack’s Bowers Official Whitman Paper Money Auction to Feature Rare United States Small Size Currency

In addition to the amazing large size paper money rarities in the Anderson Collection, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Spring 2019 Baltimore Auction contains a half-dozen fabulously rare small size high-denomination banknotes, five of which were unknown to the collecting community until recently. The five previously unknown notes are all 1934 $500 Light Green Seal Gems […]

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United States Mint Announces New Products for Young Collectors

The United States Mint is pleased to announce a new family of youth products in 2019 – the Mint’s first new youth products in five years. There will be three new products for kids in 2019, featuring the Mighty Minters™ — Kendra, Timothy, Sophie, Lina, Alex, Eli, and Layla. They are fun, approachable, and wholesome […]

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The Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money — Part IV

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Welcome to our fourth offering from the most extensive, most rarity-laden collection of paper money by design types ever formed or presented at auction. The first part, sold by us in March 2018, is now an indelible part of numismatic history. The second part was held as part of the World’s […]

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Rhode Island Man Charged With Manufacturing Counterfeit Money

By United States Attorney’s Office, District of Rhode Island …… A Pawtucket, Rhode Island man, previously convicted and incarcerated for producing counterfeit casino coins, was arrested at his Pawtucket residence on Friday, December 8 and made an initial appearance before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond on charges that he allegedly possessed equipment […]

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Lucky Money Collection: BEP Celebrates Chinese New Year With Year of the Pig 2019

By Bureau of Engraving and Printing …… In celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Lucky Money Collection: Year of the Pig 2019! The “Pig” is one of 12 zodiac signs associated with the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Year […]

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Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Currency Auction Realizes Over $11 Million

Official Whitman Expo Auction Realizes a Total of Nearly $24 Million   The Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo, presented by Stack’s Bowers Galleries, saw total sales that exceeded $11.1 million. Part III of the Joel R. Anderson Collection realized over $8.6 million, while the Caine Collection of Federal Proofs […]

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How Paper Currency Has Changed in Our Lifetimes

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… Take a look at the paper currency you’re carrying around and think back several years. You’ll probably notice that today’s money looks much different than it did just a handful of years ago. In many cases, the changes have been significant and obvious – such as the colorful security […]

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Uncovering the Origin of the B. D. Pitts Mystery Note

By R. Neil Hening for CoinWeek ….. Part of being a responsible numismatist is contributing to the greater knowledge about the origins of a numismatic piece. With that in mind I set out to explore the origins of a piece of private script from Virginia. It is a 12 ½ cent note issued by B. […]

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Part II of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… regarding the upcoming Paper Money sale of the Joel R. Anderson Collection Part II. Part II of the JOEL R. ANDERSON COLLECTION Of United States Paper Money Overview Welcome to the second offering from the most extensive, most rarity-laden collection of paper money by design types […]

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Large Brown Seal 1882 $1000 Gold Certificate One of Two in Private Hands

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Today I feature a rarest of the rare, finest of the fine note from the Joel R. Anderson Collection. As a class, 19th-century Gold Certificates are rare. This is because all or nearly all were held domestically and, unlike double eagles and other gold coins, were […]

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A Very Special “Black Eagle” Note From Joel R. Anderson Collection Part II

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Welcome to my weekly blog on notes from the Joel R. Anderson Collection Part II. A special catalog is now in preparation as a companion to Part I sold recently in Baltimore. The venue for Part II will be the ANA World’s Fair of Money […]

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U.S. Currency – Nevada Issued Paper Money

By Allen Rowe  – Northern Nevada Coin …… In 1863 the National Banking Act birthed forward a new type of currency in the United States. These notes were issued by the government for National banks. A National Bank put United States Bonds on deposit with the Treasury Department and then had notes printed against that deposit. […]

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$2 Lucky Panda Latest in Lucky Money Collection From BEP

By Bureau of Engraving and Printing ……   The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is pleased to introduce the $2 Lucky Panda, a new addition to the Lucky Money Collection. The $2 Lucky Panda is exquisitely designed with decorative Chinese symbolism and is packaged in a symbolic, red folder with embossed, gold foil. This […]

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Astonishing Fancy 88888888 Serial Number US FRN Denomination Set Offered by Stack’s Bowers

  While we have auctioned off hundreds of thousands of lots of paper money through the years, we have never handled one quite like the lot we are about to offer in our upcoming August Hong Kong Sale. It is unique in multiple ways: 1) Every piece in this seven-note set carries the coveted “SOLID […]

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Trump Treasury Trashes Tubman Twenty?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for Coinweek…. After Donald J. Trump was elected president on November 8, 2016, the numismatic media had reason to wonder whether or not the new administration would reverse the Obama-era decision to include women on the upcoming Federal Reserve Note redesign. Specifically, many wondered if President Trump would direct […]

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Chinese, US & World Banknotes, Coins & Scripophily at Archives International Auctions Sale 48

By Archives International Auctions …… Archives International Auctions is holding a public auction of U.S., Chinese & World banknotes, scripophily and coins on Wednesday, May 23 in 2 sessions. SESSION 1 – (Lots 1 to 543): Chinese & Worldwide Banknotes, Coins and Scripophily – Beginning at 10:30 AM Local Time SESSION 2 – (Lots 544 […]

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Paper Money – Some of My U.S. Currency Favorites

By Chad Hawk – Grader, Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) ……   As a grader for PMG, I enjoy the tremendous benefit of seeing some of the world’s greatest paper money everyday. I review notes from all over the world and have been able to view more paper money than most people encounter in their entire […]

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Stack’s Bowers March Baltimore Currency Auction Realizes More Than $10.3 Million

The four sessions of Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ much-anticipated Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo realized $10,440,026 USD (all prices include the buyer’s fee). Thursday night, March 22, featured the landmark Joel R. Anderson Collection Part I during which 64 lots realized an astounding $7,912,140. Seven lots from that collection each […]

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Iconic & Artistic Large Size US Banknotes

Large Size US Paper Money offers historical importance unmatched by any other trade Large size American currency is fascinating in its use of imagery on its banknotes. From 1861 through the Series of 1923, collectors enjoy a history lesson through artistic renditions of our past. Throughout today’s libraries, universities, museums, and parks, the same history […]

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The Joel R. Anderson Multi-Million Dollar Collection of Paper Money, Part I

 Paper money collector Joel R. Anderson is a major figure in the American publishing industry. As director and chairman of the Anderson Companies, he oversaw a portfolio of diverse businesses in publishing and retail. The Anderson Companies operate Books-A-Million, the country’s second-largest book retailer, Whitman Publishing, and Anderson Press. On March 22, 2018 at […]

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Q. David Bowers – Focus on the Classic, Affordable $1 1862 Legal Tender Note

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   All across the market, excitement continues to build for our forthcoming sale of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of large-size paper money types. Part 1 will cross the block March 22, 2018, at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore–always one of the top […]

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Q. David Bowers – Focus on Finest Known Rare $100 Date Back Iowa National Bank Note

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Momentum builds for our forthcoming sale of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of large-size paper money types. Part 1 will cross the block at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore next week(!), always one of the top shows of the year. The notes will […]

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Anderson Collection Finest Graded $10 1890 Treasury Note

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   As you read these words the special catalog for the Joel R. Anderson Collection has been completed by me, Peter Treglia, and other staff members. It has been a unique treat for all of us – the paper money equivalent of the D. Brent Pogue, […]

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Q. David Bowers – Focus on a $1,000 “Trophy Note”

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… One of the pleasures in my life as a professional numismatist is having the opportunity to work with and catalog outstanding collections. In recent times I have been immersed in the Joel R. Anderson Collection of large-size paper money by design types. Over many years of […]

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Million Dollar Currency Collection of Joel R. Anderson Highlights – Exclusive Video

 The Million Dollar Currency Collection of Joel R. Anderson is the subject of this CoinWeek Exclusive video. We sit with Stack’s Bowers co-founder Q. David Bowers and currency experts Peter Treglia and Brad Ciociola to discuss six highlight notes from the collection, including several notes that sold for over one million dollars at auction. […]

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Q. David Bowers – 1861 $20 Demand Note from the Joel R. Anderson Collection

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Welcome to the first of my series of weekly comments on highlights from the Joel Anderson Collection of federal paper money. The first narratives will feature notes that will be sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, March 21-23, 2018, […]

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Stack’s Bowers Presents the Joel R. Anderson Collection of U.S. Paper Money

With great pleasure, Stack’s Bowers Galleries brings to market The Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States paper money, the largest, finest, and most complete collection of Large Size United States paper money types in existence today. It is rivaled only by great collections of generations ago that have long since been dispersed, including those […]

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U.S. Banknote Supplier Crane Currency Purchased for $800 Million

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On Tuesday, December 5, Crane Company, based out of Stamford, Connecticut, issued a press release announcing the purchase of the similarly named Crane & Co. (otherwise known as “Crane Currency“) for a net price of $800 million USD. The buyout was then expounded upon by the company at a teleconference […]

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Latest in BEP Lucky Money Collection: 2018 Year of the Dog $1 Note

By Bureau of Engraving and Printing …… In celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Lucky Money Collection: the Year of the Dog 2018. The Dog is one of 12 zodiac signs associated with the Chinese Lunar Calendar. […]

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Heritage: $16.5 Million Sells in November Dallas Numismatic Auctions

An original 1861 Confederate half dollar, one of a mere four minted, sold for $960,000, leading the results of the Eric P. Newman Collection Part IX US Coins Signature Auction, held November 1 and 3 at Heritage Auctions’ Dallas headquarters. Over the four day period of November 1-4, three auctions were held, with the Eric […]

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Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Currency Auction Now Open for Bidding

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Winter Expo is now online and open for bidding. The auction, which will be held live Thursday, November 9, will offer nearly 700 lots of paper money covering the full spectrum United […]

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21st Edition of Friedberg’s U.S. Paper Money to See October Release

By Coin & Currency Institute …. Sixty-four years after its introduction, the 21st edition of Paper Money of United States, the standard reference book on United States paper money, is being released by the Coin & Currency Institute. In 1953, the late Robert Friedberg (1912-1963) broke new ground when the Treasury Department granted permission for […]

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Damaged U.S. Currency Redemption Services for Citizens Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

By Bureau of Engraving and Printing …… If hurricane victims have currency that has been damaged by flood waters resulting from Hurricanes Harvey or Irma, they are encouraged to send that currency to be reviewed for possible redemption by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) as soon as they are able. The BEP is […]

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Whitman Releases New 7th Edition of Kenneth Bressett’s Guide Book of United States Currency

Whitman Publishing has released the new seventh edition of the Guide Book of United States Currency, a guide to American paper money by Kenneth Bressett, former president of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and longtime senior editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins. The full-color, 352-page softcover book is available online (including at […]

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Stack’s Bowers ANA US Currency Auction Now Open for Bidding

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official United States Currency Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money is now online and open for bidding. This year’s auction offers 551 live lots along with 286 Internet-only lots. Headlining the auction is The Cleo Collection of Confederate Paper Money, a complete type collection of Confederate treasury notes of […]

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Paper Money Grading – PMG Certifies 2,000,000 Notes

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) has announced that it has now certified 2,000,000 notes, a first for a third-party paper money grading service and more than double the number of notes certified by the next-largest company. Founded in 2005, PMG has become the world’s largest third-party paper money grading service as collectors and dealers soon recognized […]

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Whitman Releases New Check List and Record Book of U.S. Paper Money

Whitman Publishing announces the release of an updated Check List and Record Book of United States Paper Money for collectors of American currency. The 256-page softcover book retails for $9.95 USD and is available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online. The Check List and Record Book is designed as a convenient way for […]

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Complete Gem District Set of 1934 $500 Light Green Seal Notes to Show at IPMS

The collection–the only complete Gem District Set known to exist–will be exhibited at the 2017 International Paper Money Show (IPMS) in Kansas City, June 8-11 By Robert Phillips …… The Stradivarius Collection, so named to emphasize its quality and rarity, is not only the finest-known collection of 1934 Light Green Seal (LGS) $500 Federal Reserve […]

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How Paper Currency Has Changed in Our Lifetimes

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… Take a look at the paper currency you’re carrying around and think back several years. You’ll probably notice that today’s money looks much different than it did just a handful of years ago. In many cases, the changes have been significant and obvious – such as the colorful security […]

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US & World Currency – PMG Grading On-Site at International Paper Money Show

PMG will be at the International Paper Money Show in Kansas City, Missouri June 8 – 11, 2017. Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) will be accepting early submissions for on-site grading on Thursday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon by appointment only. To set up an appointment, please e-mail Mauricio Escobar or Chad Greenbach. […]

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Obscure California National Gold Bank Notes Highlight Heritage US Currency Auction

By CoinWeek ….   Heritage Auctions sold a total of $32,576,612 USD worth of U.S. coins, currency and World currency at the 78th annual Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) convention, which took place April 26 through May 2. By itself, the U.S. coins auction garnered a total of $22,841,622. The World currency auction sold a […]

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Heritage Auctions’ 2017 Central States Sales Surpass $32.5 Million

Heritage Auctions: 1866 $20 gold coin saves Indiana church, sets world record… An Indiana church’s rare, 19th-century gold coin featuring one of the earliest uses of the motto In God We Trust on a U.S. coin, was sold for $517,000 amid spirited bidding to take top lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Central States Numismatic Society […]

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Paper Money News – Trump Appoints Jovita Carranza as New United States Treasurer

Carranza replaces popular US Treasurer Rosie Rios, who left the post in July, 2016 By CoinWeek News Staff …. Fans of modern US paper money, take note (see what we did there?). On April 28, President Donald Trump appointed Jovita Carranza as the 44th Treasurer of the United States on April 28. She takes over […]

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Eric P. Newman Currency Rarities on Offer at Heritage Auctions

Items being sold are from the extensive collection of Eric P. Newman’s Numismatic Education Society A 1775 Massachusetts Bay Colony 5 Pounds 4 Shillings Bond (est. $5,000-$10,000 USD) leads nearly 1,500 pieces from the Eric P. Newman Collection Internet Part 3, which will be auctioned at no reserve in Heritage Auctions’ Internet Currency Auction, Wednesday, […]

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Archives International Auctions Sale 40 – Chinese, US & World Banknotes, Coins & Scripophily

By Archives International Auctions …… Archives International Auctions (AIA) is about to hold a Public Auction of Chinese, U.S. and Worldwide Banknotes, Coins and Scripophily in 2 sessions on April 11, 2017: SESSION 1 (Lots 1 to 688): Chinese & Worldwide Banknotes & Coins – Beginning at 10:30 A.M. SESSION 2 (Lots 689 to 994): […]

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Paper Money Auctions – First National Bank of Medicine Lodge, Kansas Serial Number 1 $5 Brown Back

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to offer for the first time to the collecting community an incredible serial number 1 $5 Brown Back from the First National Bank of Medicine Lodge, Kansas in the upcoming Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Spring Expo. […]

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Paper Money Auction – Rare Oil City Bank $5 Color Proof

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers ……   ​A very rare $5 color proof from the Oil City Bank of Oil City, Pennsylvania (Haxby PA-380 G6a) will be featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo in March. The India paper only proof produced […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Grading Currency Notes on Location at PMG – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ is an ongoing series of exclusive videos that go in-depth into important numismatic topics and feature many of the hobby’s leading experts and personalities. How does PMG process and grade paper money? We sought the answer to these questions in our visit to PMG headquarters in Sarasota, Florida. In this exclusive CoinWeek IQ […]

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Rare Bank of Germantown “Polar Bear” Note in March Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Currency Auction

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… A rare obsolete banknote featuring one of the most iconic vignettes in American currency will be featured in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ upcoming Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo. The $1 note from the Bank of Germantown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Haxby PA-150 […]

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Two High Denomination Notes Highlight Stack’s Bowers US Currency Auction

By CoinWeek …. Stack’s Bowers, the Official Auctioneer of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, is dedicating two sessions of its auction to a panoply of U.S. currency and notes. Session 5 (Lots 10001-10467) will take place on Thursday, November 3 at 6:00 PM in Room 309 Session 8 (Lots 11001-11321) is Internet […]

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Two High Denomination Notes Highlight Stack’s Bowers US Currency Auction

By CoinWeek ….   Stack’s Bowers, the Official Auctioneer of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, is dedicating two sessions of its auction to a panoply of U.S. currency and notes. Session 5 (Lots 10001-10467) will take place on Thursday, November 3 at 6:00 PM in Room 309 Session 8 (Lots 11001-11321) is […]

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Stack’s Bowers US Paper Money – Chicago $5,000 Federal Reserve Note

By Aris Maragoudakis – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… Crossing the block this November at our Baltimore Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo, will be Lot 10311, a $5,000 Federal Reserve Note. This gorgeous Madison $5,000 from the Chicago district is certified as Extremely Fine 40 Net Repaired and offers great […]

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MintProducts Auctions September Sale to Include over 750+ Lots

MintProducts Auctions (MPA) will hold its fourth sale of the year on the evening of Monday, September 19 in Nashua, New Hampshire. The 770-lot auction offers a diverse selection of coins that include some rare and key issues with some exciting Paper Currency. Some notable currency includes a collection of over 50 Colonial-Era Notes that […]

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Paper Money News – Rarities Shine in $3+ Million Stack’s Bowers ANA U.S. Currency Auction

  Fr. 1700. 1933 $10 Silver Certificate. PMG Superb Gem Uncirculated 67 EPQ The U.S. Currency sessions of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money realized more than US$3 million as part of the firm’s ANA convention auction, which in total brought over $21 million. All prices realized include […]

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Heritage Auctions: Women on Paper Money?

As the United States readies itself for a first woman to be pictured on its paper money in at least a century, several rare notes offered during Heritage Auctions’ American Numismatic Association Currency Auction August 10-16 show women played an integral role in our money for more than 60 years. “Bringing women back to United […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Currency Notes with Personality, Feat. Dr. Don Kagin, Ph.D. – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: Analysis and Insights from the editors of CoinWeek.com …..   One of the most interesting and complex areas of American Numismatics is the study and collecting of paper money. With denominations starting at just a few cents and ranging upwards to the ultimate U.S. denomination of $100,000, there is no doubt that currency […]

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PMG: New Products from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

New products from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) include a 2016 Happy Birthday Currency Note, a Texas $2 Step Currency Set and a 2016 Independence Collection PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS Intaglio Print 2016 Happy Birthday Currency Note First Day of Sale: July 6, 2016 – 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time The BEP is pleased to […]

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US Paper Money – Rare T-4 $50 “Montgomery” at Stack’s Bowers ANA Auction

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… One of the “Big Six” of Confederate Currency, the T-4 1861 $50 was the last of the four Confederate Treasury notes to be issued while the Confederate capital was located in Montgomery, Alabama. These high-quality notes were produced by the National Bank Note Company and bore […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #20: Herb Hicks and the Illegality of Collecting Gold Certificates

CoinWeek Podcast #20: Herb Hicks and the Illegality of Collecting Gold Certificates Did the letter writing campaign of an astute numismatist sway the United States Treasury Department to drop charges against a Texas coin dealer and finally allow collectors to openly collect United States Gold Certificates? In this audio retelling of Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker’s NLG-award-winning […]

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Paper Money – $5 Treasury Notes of 1890-1891 with General George H. Thomas

General George H. Thomas on $5 Treasury Notes By Brad Ciociola, Stacks Bowers Currency Specialist …….. Several prominent Union Civil War generals are featured on United States Treasury Notes from the series of 1890 and 1891. Our latest edition of “Better Know Your Notes” looks at the portrait seen on the $5 denomination — General […]

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Paper Money – $5 Treasury Notes of 1890-1891 with General George H. Thomas

General George H. Thomas on $5 Treasury Notes By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist at Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……..   Several prominent Union Civil War generals are featured on United States Treasury Notes from the series of 1890 and 1891. Our latest edition of “Better Know Your Notes” looks at the portrait seen on the $5 […]

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