Category Archives: Stack’s Bowers Auction

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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Countermarked Holed Coins of the Philippines in Stack’s Bowers Auction

By Kyle Ponterio – Senior Numismatist and Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The countermark series of the Philippines is quite vast with a whole array of coins serving as hosts. Utilizing coins ranging from the Spanish colonial period to the early republics of the Americas, and even some from Europe, these countermarks are usually applied […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Realize Over $11.5 Million in October Hong Kong Auction

Auction firm Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio continues to deliver world-class sales of quality numismatic material and realize impressive prices, regardless of the challenging and unprecedented circumstances of the year 2020. The firm’s incredible Hong Kong series of auctions clearly demonstrates the firm’s success, as their colossal 10th-anniversary auction in May 2020 shot past expectations and […]

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Stack’s Bowers Nov. Showcase Auction Features Rare Mint State 1852-O Double Eagle

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Even though the New Orleans Mint had produced double eagles in both 1850 and 1851, the coiners were still working out many of the difficulties in producing such a large gold piece. The emphasis seemed to have been placed on quantity over quality, leaving many […]

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Famous Bronze 1943 Lincoln Cent in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Showcase Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Bronze 1943 Lincoln cent is perhaps the most famous Mint Error to ever emerge from the United States Mint. Just about 20 distinct examples are known from the Philadelphia Mint and they are highly prized at all grade levels. When the U.S. mints switched […]

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The “Horse Gaming Tokens” of Szechuan

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Much like the American pastime poker often involving some friendly monetary wagering, so too it is for Mahjong in a large portion of the Far East. Though playing cards have been around for over a millennium, likely being introduced in the 9th century CE […]

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Cameo Proof 1887 Morgan Dollar in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Showcase Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Just 710 Proof Morgan dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1887, and only about 500 examples survive in any condition. This issue presents a surprising challenge for collectors who seek the finest levels of preservation and production quality. As is the case with […]

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Hong Kong Auction to Feature Pavilion Dollars, Rare Ta-Ching Banknote

The Mysterious ‘Pavilion Dollars’ of 1921 By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… As interaction increased between the western world and the late Imperial/early Republican China, a yearning to modernize Chinese medicine and healthcare caused an influx of both scholarship and funding by the Rockefeller Foundation. Roger Sherman Greene II served […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Present High-Grade Naples Bay Collection of US Coins

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the upcoming sale of the Naples Bay Collection, a highlight of their November and December 2020 auctions. The Naples Bay Collection is one of those classic old collections that was assembled over two generations by a father and son team, inspired by a shared passion for numismatics. The […]

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Silver Medal Commemorating Commodore Perry’s Opening of Japan at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The rapid industrialization of the western world in the 19th century led to an ongoing need to open new markets, with the Far East providing a prime opportunity for both selling and buying. To this end, the United States under President Millard Fillmore sent […]

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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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Bimetallic US Braille Pattern Dollar Offered by Stack’s Bowers in November Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries presents a rare bimetallic pattern dollar featuring Braille text in their November 2020 Showcase Auction. Struck by the German company Schuler for exhibition at United States Congressional hearings and the United States Mint, this pattern was intended to demonstrate the implementation of Braille elements in response to concerns from the Alliance for […]

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Over 650 Ounces of GOLD Offered in Stack’s Bowers Sept. Precious Metals Auction

Bidding Ends Wednesday, September 23 Click Here to Place Your Bids   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present their September 2020 Precious Metals Auction, a new auction platform for buying bullion with no buyer’s fees. The interest in bullion has seen a steady increase over the past several years, as interest in this historically […]

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Colonial Coins, Washingtoniana, Indian Peace Medals in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Auction

The E Pluribus Unum Collection, Part 2: Colonial Coins and Washingtoniana The E Pluribus Unum Collection, Part 2: Colonial Coins and Washingtoniana will be featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 11-13, 2020 Auction. Built over the course of more than half a century, the E Pluribus Unum Collection is replete with coins and medals […]

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Incredible Gem 1894 Morgan Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Showcase Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… With just 110,000 coins produced, the 1894 has the lowest mintage among circulation strike Morgan dollars from the Philadelphia Mint. It is a key date issue in this popular series, and is the rarest Philadelphia Mint Morgan in Mint State after only the 1901. When […]

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Legendary Chinese “Long-Whisker” Pattern Dollar at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

  By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… There are many highlights and exceptional rarities in the Stack’s Bowers upcoming October Hong Kong auction. But principal among them is a fabled “long-whisker” pattern dollar designed by Luigi Giorgi, the accomplished head of the central mint at Tientsin during the closing years […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Present Record-Setting Hong Kong Sale in October

Venerable coin firm Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio is pleased to announce their fall Hong Kong auction comprising seven sessions over five days, split between live and online portions. This sale stands as the firm’s largest Hong Kong offering to date with respect to total lots, with over 4,600 lots of coins, medals, and currency, mostly […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to Sell Collection of Larry H. Miller, Utah Jazz Owner for Nearly 25 Years

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present the spectacular collection built by Utah businessman Larry H. Miller across two sales to be held in November and December 2020. Larry H. Miller was an entrepreneur and philanthropist most famous as the owner of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Utah Jazz from 1985 up to his death […]

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Auto Dollars of Kweichow Featured in Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

  By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Numismatic representations of automobiles are always popular due to their immense crossover appeal and the fact that such commonplace machines are seldom encountered in the hobby. Some of the earliest appearances were on medals rather than coins, as these generally commemorated auto shows […]

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The 1898 Chihli Dollar — A Monumental Gem With a Monumental Pedigree

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… While the massive collection formed by the legendary Eduard Kann stands as a pinnacle of Chinese numismatics, other impressive collections were also formed by numismatists intrigued by their stays in China. One such collection was that of General Miles Stanley Newton of the United […]

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Choice VF 1815/2 Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Sept. Collectors Choice Online Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1815/2 half dollar is a significant key date in the Capped Bust, Lettered Edge series. Struck from a single die pair, it is the only 1815-dated half dollar, subjecting it to incredible demand for those building a date set of halves. Just 47,150 examples were […]

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Choice VF 1815/2 Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Sept. Collectors Choice Online Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The 1815/2 half dollar is a significant key date in the Capped Bust, Lettered Edge series. Struck from a single die pair, it is the only 1815-dated half dollar, subjecting it to incredible demand for those building a date set of halves. Just 47,150 examples […]

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Medals in Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction Showcase Cultural History of China

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… A German Medal and the Chinese Connection to World War I Though western Europe and the United States were all initially allied in their approach to opening up China during the mid-late 19th century, civil unrest toward the emerging colonizers led to Germany seeking […]

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E. Horatio Morgan Collection Half Dollars in Stack’s Bowers Sept. 2020 Online Auction

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… As collectors, we all have times in our lives when we push the hardest to build up our collections. For E. Horatio Morgan, that time was the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the market was abuzz. Major collections were coming to auction at a breakneck pace, coin shows were […]

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Stack’s Bowers August 2020 Ancient and World Coins and World Paper Auction Demonstrates Exceptional Strength

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Sales Bring Over 5.3 Million   Following a dozen auction sessions spanning nearly two weeks, the results for the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2020 auction illustrate the robust nature of the coin market and affirm that numismatics stands firm even during times of uncertainty. Over 92% of the ancient coin and world […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Sells Nearly $14 Million of US Coins and Exonumia in August Sale

Over $13.94 million in United States coins and Numismatic Americana was sold in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2020 Las Vegas Auction, contributing to overall prices realized of $21,739,851 USD for the sale across all categories. The auction was held August 5-7 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino alongside the PCGS Members Only Show, with […]

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Over 425 Ounces of GOLD Offered in Stack’s Bowers August 2020 Precious Metals Auction

Bidding Ends Thursday, August 20 Click Here to Place Your Bids   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present their Precious Metals Auctions, a new auction platform for buying bullion with no buyer’s fees. The interest in bullion has seen a steady increase over the past several years, as interest in this historically stable investment […]

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Big Sky Collection of Montana Tokens Part 2 Featured in August Collectors Choice Online Auction

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The Big Sky Collection is an outstanding and comprehensive cabinet comprising thousands of trade tokens and related items from Montana and Montana Territory. This collection was assembled by a dedicated enthusiast over decades, and many of these tokens may not be available again for a long time. The collection includes […]

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Selections From D. Brent Pogue Collection Bring Over $592,000 at Stack’s Bowers Auction

Historic numismatic literature and rare Spanish Colonial gold coinage from the D. Brent Pogue Collection realized over $592,000 last week in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. This offering represents a departure from the United States coins and paper money from the Pogue Collection sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries from May 2015 […]

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ESM Collection of Large Cents Realizes Over $4.6 Million at Stack’s Bowers August Rarities Night

The incredible ESM Collection of United States Large Cents realized over $4.6 million in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. Offered as part of the firm’s Rarities Night session on Thursday, August 6, this was perhaps the most highly anticipated selection from the legendary ESM Collection. Offered was a virtually complete set […]

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Spectacular Toned 1879-S Morgan Dollar in Stack’s Bowers August Las Vegas Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1879-S Morgan represents the second year of the series and serves as a popular issue among type collectors and VAM variety specialists. Almost all of the 9,110,000 coins struck at San Francisco were not paid out, but remained in the Mint’s vaults and were gradually […]

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Newly Unearthed Maris 10 1/2-C New Jersey Copper in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… ​Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to present a newly discovered example of the 1786 Maris 10 1/2-C New Jersey copper in their upcoming August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. The Maris 10 1/2-C is a relative newcomer to the corpus of the New Jersey copper series, which […]

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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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Top Pop Matte Proof 1913 Lincoln Cent: Stack’s Bowers Direct

By Stack’s Bowers …… None Finer at Either PCGS or CAC 1913 Lincoln Cent. Proof-67+ RB (PCGS). CAC.   This is a magnificent survivor from the coveted Matte Proof series of the early 20th century, struck from 1909 through 1916. Each side of this Superb Gem glows with a blend of golden and tangerine hues, […]

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CoinWeek Streaming News: Coin & Currency Highlights From Stack’s Bowers August 2020 Auction

 Stack’s Bowers Galleries August auction will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Bellagio Hotel starting on August 5 and continuing through the 12th. The coins and paper money lots we discuss in this stream will appear in the U.S. Currency Section starting on August 5, and in the Rarities Night portion, held […]

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Historic Collections of US Coins, Exonumia Offered in Stack’s Bowers August 2020 Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present several important collections of United States coins and Numismatic Americana in their August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. The sale will be held August 5-7 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino alongside the PCGS Members Only Show, with additional Internet Only sessions to be hosted on the Stack’s Bowers […]

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Historic $50 California Gold Rush Coin at Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   Over $1.2 million in California Gold Rush coins will be sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in their August 2020 Las Vegas Auction, scheduled to be held August 4-7. A highlight from this group is a rare octagonal $50 gold coin struck by the United States […]

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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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Superior Gem Cameo Proof 1879 $4 Stella: Stack’s Bowers Direct

  By Stack’s Bowers …… The Pogue Specimen Proof-66 Cameo (PCGS) CAC – Among the Finest Known 1879 Four-Dollar Gold Stella. Flowing Hair. Judd-1635, Pollock-1833. Rarity-3. Gold. Reeded Edge. Proof-66 Cameo (PCGS). CAC.   Over the years, the Stella has achieved near-legendary status among numismatists. Though classed as a pattern, the Stellas have long been […]

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Historic 1793 Strawberry Leaf Cent Could Bring Over a Half-Million Dollars at Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to offer the finest known example of the 1793 Strawberry Leaf Cent in their August 2020 Las Vegas Auction​, presented as part of the ESM Collection of United States Large Cents. First purchased for $77.50 in 1877, this early cent […]

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Highlights of Stack’s Bowers Upcoming July Precious Metals Auction

  Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present their July Precious Metals Auctions, a new auction platform for buying bullion with no buyer’s fees. The interest in bullion has seen a steady increase over the past several years, as interest in this historically stable investment category grows. Bullion is available in a wide range of […]

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Gabriele Collection of U.S. Merchant and Trade Tokens, So-Called Dollars Featured in Stack’s Bowers July Collectors Choice Auction

Live Auction Thursday, July 30, 2020 • 9:00 AM PT   The Tim Gabriele Collection of U.S. Merchant and Trade Tokens was over a decade in the making, its spark a 2007 visit to a coin dealer in Manhattan who had some marvelous tokens from the collection of Pittsburgh coin dealer and collector Charles “Cheech” […]

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Ultra Rare Issued 1919 50 Rubles Provisional Government Russian Banknote

Russian Banknotes by Christopher Dahncke – Currency Auction Associate, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… One of the more intriguing notes offered in the Stack’s Bowers August 2020 Auction is a P-39Ba 1919 Russian Provisional Government 50 Rubles Credit Note, graded Very Fine 25 EPQ by PMG and retaining fully original paper from 100 years ago. Two […]

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Ancient Type Coins, Crown and Medallic Collections Highlight Stack’s Bowers August 2020 Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present their annual August Ancient and World auction, featuring over 3,000 lots of coins, medals, and paper money. Scheduled to take place at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, this rich offering of material will comprise three live sessions August 5 and 6, with three additional online sessions […]

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Finest Known 1883-S Morgan Dollar in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Although often overshadowed by the 1884-S, the 1883-S Morgan dollar presents a surprising challenge to collectors in Mint State. While the mintage was moderately large at 6,250,000 pieces, the 1883-S is one of the few issues that saw active circulation beginning in the 19th century. Worn […]

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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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Rare Zanzibar Note, Canadian $5 in Stack’s Bowers Paper Money Auction

Serial Number 1 Merchants Bank of Canada 5 Dollar By Christopher Dahncke – Currency Auction Associate, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The upcoming Stack’s Bowers August 2020 World Paper Money auction offers an exciting and vast array of notes from a variety of countries. One is a 5 Dollar Merchants Bank of Canada issued note, CH […]

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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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Mint State 1796 Stars on Obverse Quarter Eagle in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Coinage Act of April 2, 1792 authorized the production of three gold denominations at the newly established United States Mint, including the $10 eagle, the $5 half eagle, and the $2.50 quarter eagle. While the half eagle and eagle were first struck in 1795, it […]

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Top Pop 1913-S Lincoln Cent: Stack’s Bowers Direct

By Stack’s Bowers …… Top Pop 1913-S Lincoln Cent – Finest RB Seen at PCGS or CAC MS-66 RB (PCGS). CAC.   Attractive and impressively preserved, this Gem is overwhelmingly dominated by the original Mint Red color. The surfaces are toned in rich apricot and pinkish hues, with just a touch of sapphire-blue iridescence across […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Presents the D. Brent Pogue Numismatic Library

Part of the August 5-7, 2020 Auction in Las Vegas, Nevada   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present the numismatic library of D. Brent Pogue in their August 2020 Public Auction Sale. While Brent Pogue did not focus on the library in the same manner as he did his magnificent coins and paper money, […]

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Stack’s Bowers Announces Schedule for August Auction in Las Vegas

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce details of their upcoming August 2020 showcase auction of United States coins and paper money and World coins and currency. The live auction will be held August 5-7 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, in coordination with the recently announced PCGS Members Only Show. The […]

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The Royal Presentation Escudo Coinage—the Pinnacle of Spanish Colonial Numismatics

By Kyle Ponterio and Matthew Orsini – Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… An enigma to this day, the exceedingly rare “Royal” presentation issues struck at mints in Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico were a distinct departure from the normal “cob” coinage that was standard during the first few centuries of Spanish Colonial rule in the New World. […]

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Eagerly Sought Pattern Morgan Half Dollar: Stack’s Bowers Direct

By Stack’s Bowers ……   Judd-1602 1879 Pattern Morgan Half Dollar Just One Finer 1879 Pattern Morgan Half Dollar. Judd-1602, Pollock-1797. Rarity-6. Copper. Reeded Edge. Proof-66+ RB (PCGS).   The Judd-1602 half dollar is one of the most popular patterns due to the use of George T. Morgan’s portrait of Liberty, previously believed to have […]

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Finest Known Pedigreed Large Cents of ESM Collection at Stack’s Bowers August Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present the ESM Collection of United States Large Cents as part of our August 2020 Auction. The collection comprises a virtually complete set of large cents by major variety, spanning all issues from 1793 through the end of the type in 1857. Featured are all of the most iconic […]

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Spectacular Gem 1915-S Pan-Pac Round $50 in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   At the time of issue in 1915, the round version of the Panama-Pacific Exposition $50 did not sell as well as the more unusual octagonal style. The result was that a greater percentage of the mintage was returned to the Mint for melting. Of the […]

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Over $5 Million Realized in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Santa Ana Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2020 Auction continued the trend of exceptional prices realized recently demonstrated in their March Santa Ana and May Hong Kong auctions. Over $5 million USD was realized in the June sale across United States coins, tokens, and medals, achieving 114% of the pre-sale estimate on sold lots (all prices listed […]

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Gem 1809 Classic Head Half Cent: Stack’s Bowers Direct

By Stack’s Bowers …… Incredible Gem 1809 Classic Head Half Cent The Green-Newman-Pogue Specimen 1809 Classic Head Half Cent. C-6, B-6. Rarity-1. MS-65+ BN (PCGS). CAC. This is a gorgeous example of the Classic Head half cent, featuring a warm halo of mint color emerging from Liberty’s cap and around her head, fading into ideal […]

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Gem Proof 1897 Quarter Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Proof 1897 Quarter Eagle​ The 1897, along with the 1898 and 1899, is the most consistently well produced and attractive Proof Liberty Head quarter eagle from the 19th century. Specialist John Dannreuther goes as far as calling this era the “pinnacle of [the] Mint’s gold Proof […]

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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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Famous “1776” Continental Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… No specific documentation has ever been found detailing the origins of the enigmatic Continental “dollar”. The vast majority of surviving examples were struck in pewter, although a few silver and brass impressions are also known. These interesting early American pieces are very popular and always […]

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Alexander the Great and Hellenistic Coins at Stack’s Bowers Collectors Choice Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Outside of an Athenian “owl”, there may be no more desired and iconic coinage from antiquity than that featuring one of the most successful military commanders in history, Alexander the Great. Born in 356 BCE to Philip II, king of Macedon, at age 20 […]

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Top Pop Proof 1958 Franklin Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Santa Ana Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Proof 1958 Franklin half dollar is a modern rarity that presents a severe challenge to specialists seeking the highest grade levels. With only 875,652 Proof half dollars struck, the 1958 is the lowest mintage issue from the second half of the series, which would eventually […]

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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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Condition Census 1845 Liberty Seated Dollar in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Throughout the 1840s, the United States Mint struck silver dollars only at the request of bullion depositors who asked for this denomination. There was no significant supply of domestically mined silver available during that decade, limiting the amount of bullion available for dollar coinage. The […]

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Historic Browning Plate 1823/2 Quarter in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Few American rarities have been so carefully documented and studied for provenance as the 1823/2 Capped Bust quarters. The rarity of this date was already legendary by the time Montroville W. Dickeson wrote his 1859 American Numismatical Manual, where he pronounced this date “extremely rare.” In […]

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Over $13,000,000 in Coins and Banknotes Sold at Stack’s Bowers Ponterio’s 10th Anniversary Hong Kong Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to announce the results from their recently concluded May Hong Kong auction. Total prices realized for this monumental 10th anniversary sale were $13,207,382 USD, but that only tells part of the story. The sale had been rescheduled from its original date in March and was put in jeopardy of […]

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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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Finest Graded 1862 Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Santa Ana Auction

  Featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries upcoming June 2020 Santa Ana Auction is an incredible MS-68 (PCGS) 1862 Indian cent that stands alone at the top of the condition census. It is the sole finest 1862 cent graded by either PCGS or NGC, and is tied with the very finest known across the entire […]

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NGC Coins and PMG Notes Impress in Stack’s Bowers May Sale

A coin certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and a note certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) achieved the top results in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries coin and paper money auctions in Hong Kong, China held May 4-6, 2020. The top result in the coin auction was a China 1929 L&M-91 Italy Satin Finish Silver […]

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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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Mint State 1801 $10 Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Santa Ana Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Struck from 1795 through 1804, the Capped Bust Right gold eagles are among the most beautiful and desirable coins to emerge from the early United States Mint. At 33 mm, the planchet is impressive and Robert Scot’s allegorical portrait of Liberty on the obverse is […]

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The Curious Gold Fantasy Coins of Shanghai

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Outside the realm of normal Chinese numismatics is a series of unusual 50 and 25 tael denominations struck in gold, which have been seen for the past century as fantasies rather than official mint issues. These curious pieces feature legends that indicate they were […]

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Rare Ultra Cameo Proof 1883 $10 Eagle in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Proof gold coinage provides a special focus in United States numismatics, usually combining incredible visual appeal and extreme rarity. The Proof Liberty Head eagle is among the most popular but also the most challenging series in this category, with many annual mintages well below 50 pieces. […]

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Live Bidding Begins This Week for Stack’s Bowers 10th Anniversary Hong Kong Auction

Dear Friends, It is finally here – our 10th Anniversary Hong Kong Auction! Before I share some of the wonderful numismatic items that have been entrusted to us for this auction, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past and, perhaps more importantly, offer a heartfelt “thank you” to those who have […]

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Stack’s Bowers Presents The May 2020 “Pop-Up” Collectors Choice Online Ancient & World Coin Auction

No Reserve Live Auction May 13, 2020 at 10:00 am PT   With most of the world still paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic and coin shows becoming a distant—albeit fond—memory for many, Stack’s Bowers Galleries has decided upon an exciting change of pace. While our next regularly scheduled series of Collectors Choice Online auctions […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Relocates Their June 2020 Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ June 2020 Auction has been relocated from the Baltimore Convention Center to their Santa Ana, California home office. Lot viewing for the auction will be held by appointment at the California office starting June 8. “As the world closely monitors the impact of the Covid-19 virus and the resulting cancellation of numerous […]

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Whitman Coin Expo Cancels June Bourse, Plans to Reopen in November

Ongoing Public Health Crisis Has Restricted the Baltimore Convention Center Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, Will Hold its Auction in California   Maryland’s ongoing state of emergency, declared March 12 by Governor Larry Hogan to help control the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, has closed the June 2020 Whitman Coin […]

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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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Near Mint 1862 Three Dollar Gold Piece Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Over 30 years ago, United States gold coin specialist David Akers wrote, “the 1862 is the most underrated three dollar gold piece in choice uncirculated condition [from] the 1860s.” This statement remains as true today as it did then. Writing in 2005, Q. David Bowers […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Highlights May 2020 Hong Kong Coin, Paper Money Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is tremendously excited to present their May Hong Kong Coin and Paper Money auction—a monumental event that marks a decade of the firm’s sales in Asia. The sale has generated a great deal of interest due to its vast array of rare coins and paper money, over 3,850 lots in total. […]

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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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Gem Proof 1868 Judd-611 Pattern Large Cent in Stack’s Bowers June Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Braided Hair large cent was struck for circulation from 1839 through 1857, when it was retired in favor of the smaller Flying Eagle cent. These “late date” large cents are among the most popular United States coins of the 19th century, and collectors often assemble […]

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Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Auction Sells Over $26.59 Million in U.S. Coins

Eleven Sessions of U.S. Coins and Paper Money Bring a Total of More Than $37.5 Million   The Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 Auction marked a successful kick-off to the firm’s 2020 season of flagship U.S. coin sales. Originally scheduled to take place in Baltimore alongside the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Spring Expo, the auction […]

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Superior Gem 1911 Double Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… With only 197,250 pieces produced, the 1911 Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagle gold coin has one of the lowest mintages among circulation strike issues of the entire series. However, perhaps more important than the original mintage is how many coins have actually survived from the meltings […]

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The Pogue VII Sale – My Perspective Through A Dozen Coins: Doug Winter

Pogue VII Sale By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner You couldn’t have picked a more dire set of circumstances faced by Stack’s Bowers for their various March coin and paper money auctions. After the Covid-19 virus cancelled the Baltimore coin show, the firm grappled with the difficult questions forced by the crazy […]

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Stack’s Bowers March 2020 US Coin Auction Session Two Garners Nearly $1 Million

View All Lots & Bid in the Internet Sessions Here   Session Two of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 Auction closed with total prices realized of nearly $1 million USD. The sell through rate based on the quantity of lots was 93%, with the sold lots achieving 104% of their total estimates, which had […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Offer Exceptional Array of Exonumia in Medals-Only Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to present a special April Collectors Choice Online (CCO) auction of over 160 lots of exonumia in medals. These pieces represent three different topics: the works of Jacques Wiener, mostly comprising his famous, intricately engraved architectural series; World War I medals from a variety of issuers on each side of […]

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The 1989 Dragon and Phoenix Pattern Coins—A Timeless Pairing With a Modern Flair

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Animal iconography has long played an important role in Chinese art, with the fauna associated with the Lunar New Year being just one aspect. While the dragon—one of the most iconic images associated with Chinese culture—is a part of this lunar cycle, another—the phoenix—is […]

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ESM Collection of US Half Cents Tops $1 Million During Stack’s Bowers Rarities Night Sale

  The ESM Collection is one of the most significant half cent cabinets offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in recent years. It is ranked #2 Current Finest on the PCGS Registry in categories Half Cents Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (179301857) and Half Cents with Major Varieties Circulation Strikes. This complete set of half cents by […]

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Record-Setting Pogue Collection of Classic US Coins Sells $15.343 Million in Single Session

Two Coins Break Million-Dollar Barrier, Total Surpasses Pre-Distress High Estimates   Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and negative indicators, rare coins continued to shine at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 Auction in California. Nearly three years after Part V of the D. Brent Pogue Collection hit the market, the most valuable coin collection […]

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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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Stack’s Bowers Kicks Off March Auction With Over $650,000 in Americana, Colonial Coins

View all lots and bid online in the March 2020 Auction!   Session One of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 Auction, showcasing exonumia through colonials, realized $650,622 USD on Wednesday, March 18 in California. The sell-through rate based on the quantity of lots was 91%, with the sold lots achieving 104% of their total […]

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CoinWeek Stream: 20th Century Coin Masterpieces – The Pogue Collection: Part VII

  On March 20, Stack’s Bowers Galleries will conduct the seventh session of sales of the historic collection of D. Brent Pogue. In this streaming segment, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan breaks down some of his favorite 20th-century coins from the sale. Discussed in this stream: Lot 7015: 1919 Lincoln Cent. MS-68 RD (PCGS). Lot 7019: […]

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Finest Known 1852 Liberty Seated Quarter in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1852 Liberty Seated quarter has a relatively low mintage of 177,060 coins, a steep departure from figures that were multiples greater throughout the 1840s and that went on to exceed one million coins regularly throughout the 1850s. This population was further diminished by melting […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Announces Relocation of Official Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ March 2020 Baltimore Auctions have been relocated from the Baltimore Convention Center to a facility near their California home office. The auction schedule published in the catalogs and on the SBG website (StacksBowers.com) will be the same, with only the physical location of the event changing. Lot viewing for the auction has […]

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Maryland State of Emergency Forces Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo to Cancel Bourse

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auction to Be Held as Scheduled in California   On Thursday, March 12, under a state of emergency declared by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the Baltimore Convention Center suspended operations and activities in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, previously scheduled for March 19–21 at the […]

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The British Trade Dollar: A Turn-of-the-Century Staple of Commerce in East Asia

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following Spanish colonization of the New World during the 16th century and the subsequent utilization of local silver mines—especially in Mexico—trade increased between the Americas and Spain’s outpost in the Far East—the Philippines. Commerce in the Filipino capital of Manila allowed for access to […]

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Welcome to The D. Brent Pogue Collection: Masterpieces of United States Coinage Part VII

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… The D. Brent 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 concluded featured this portion of the collection, almost to completion, with notable additions such as the fabulous […]

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Rare Proof Restrike 1852 Liberty Seated Dollar in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Philadelphia Mint struck only 1,100 silver dollars for commercial use in 1852, a fact that was not lost on contemporary numismatists. By the end of that decade, the 1852 had a reputation as a rare and desirable date in the silver dollar series. The United […]

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Bid by Percentage in the Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Precious Metals Auction

Auction Ends Thursday Evening, March 12   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present their Precious Metals Auctions, a new auction platform for buying bullion with no buyer’s fees. The interest in bullion has seen a steady increase over the past several years, as interest in this historically stable investment category grows. Bullion is available […]

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Unique 1800 S-209 Obverse Brockage Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… We are thrilled to present a rare mint error large cent among the many early American copper highlights in our March 2020 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo. This 1800 Sheldon-209 cent depicts an obverse brockage, leaving in an intaglio impression of […]

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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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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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Superb Gem 1921 Chapman Proof Morgan Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Rare Chapman Proof 1921 Morgan Dollar The Chapman Proof 1921 Morgan dollar is among the most elusive issues of the entire series, far exceeding in rarity the legendary Proof-only 1895. We are thrilled to offer one of very finest survivors from this clandestine issue in […]

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Stack’s Bowers Announces New Location for Flagship New York Store

Stack’s Bowers Announces New Location for Flagship New York Store Stack’s Bowers Galleries is moving to a new, larger location at 470 Park Avenue in the spring of 2020. In the meantime, we will be at our temporary location: Americas Tower 1177 Avenue of the Americas 5th Floor New York, New York 10036 Please contact […]

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Stack’s Bowers Announces New Location for Flagship New York Store

Stack’s Bowers Announces New Location for Flagship New York Store Stack’s Bowers Galleries is moving to a new, larger location at 470 Park Avenue in the spring of 2020. In the meantime, we will be at our temporary location: Americas Tower 1177 Avenue of the Americas 5th Floor New York, New York 10036 Please contact […]

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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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Million-Dollar Piece of Baltimore History Set for March Stack’s Bowers Whitman Auction

Famous 1804 Dollar once owned by Garrett Family and Johns Hopkins University   A rare 1804 silver dollar, the most famous prize in coin collecting, will be sold in Baltimore on March 20, at an auction conducted by Stack’s Bowers Galleries of Santa Ana, California. One of just 15 known to exist, the auction house […]

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Stack’s Bowers February 2020 Collectors Choice Online Auction Today

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries February 2020 Collectors Choice Sale is now online! Check out StacksBowers.com to view nearly 900 lots of U.S. coins and U.S. currency worth nearly $500,000 USD. All of the lots are unreserved! The auction closes live with an auctioneer on our website and mobile Apps on February 18, 2020. Our U.S. […]

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A Ming Note with Historical Provenance at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

In our 10 Year Anniversary Sale at the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong, Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be once again be offering a few Ming Dynasty notes in various conditions. However, one note will stand out from the group, but not for the typical reasons like vermillion overprints or bold impressions. While the note may […]

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Rare Silver Plug 1795 Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The early United States Mint practice of inserting silver plugs into half dollars and dollars to regulate their weights is perhaps one of the most romanticized techniques used to produce America’s first coinage. It recalls an era of handcrafted workmanship and motivates today’s collectors to […]

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Condition Census 1793 Wreath Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers 2020 Baltimore Auction

Fresh-to-Market S-11c Variety a Major Wreath Cent Rarity   By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The large cents struck by the United States Mint in 1793 are some of the most popular and romantic issues in American numismatics. We are delighted to present a truly stunning Flowing Hair, Wreath Reverse example graded […]

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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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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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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction at 2020 NYINC Realizes Nearly $5.8 Million

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the results of their recently completed Official Auction of the 2020 New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC)—a sale comprising six different sessions spread out between live and online venues and containing over 3,800 lots of interesting ancient and world coins as well as paper money. These sales attracted […]

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Lustrous 1795 Half Dime to be Featured in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The half dime is significant as the first denomination struck by the United States Mint, starting with the “small beginning” of 1,500 half dismes delivered to Thomas Jefferson on July 13, 1792. The next issue of half dimes featured the Flowing Hair type designed by Robert […]

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Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week: Gem Proof 1870 Two Cent Piece

Just One Certified Finer   1870 Two Cent Piece. Proof-66+ RD (PCGS). CAC. This is an enchanting specimen, the surfaces awash in vivid rose-orange color with subtle olive undertones evident at isolated viewing angles. The design elements are fully struck and rise boldly above shimmering reflectivity in the fields. Expertly preserved and visually appealing, this […]

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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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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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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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Legendary 1884 and 1885 Trade Dollars From E. Horatio Morgan Collection to be Featured in Stack’s Bowers March Baltimore Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to continue their tradition of presenting world-class rarities at auction by featuring 1884 and 1885 Proof Trade dollars in their March 18-20, 2020 Baltimore Auction. The 1884 and 1885 trade dollars are legendary U.S. Mint rarities, ranking #78 and #15 respectively among the 100 Greatest U.S. Coins (Garrett & Guth, […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Auction Rare 1911 Chinese Dollar Worth an Estimated $500,000 at NYINC

Numismatic auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries is presenting for sale a beautifully-minted and ultra-rare 1911 Chinese Silver Long-Whisker Dragon Dollar at the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) on January 17, 2020. This important rarity will be presented in lot 20246 of Stack’s Bowers’ World and Ancient Coin Auction, in Session One of the two-day […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Sell Most Extensive Offering of Colonial Chilean 8 Reales in Three Decades at 2020 NYINC

Anchored by the Santa Fe Collection, which includes an astounding 26 dates, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to offer the most extensive group of Spanish Colonial-Era Chilean 8 Reales in decades in their annual official auction at the 2020 New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). Perhaps the most challenging series within Latin American numismatics, a […]

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Gem Red 1835 Classic Head Half Cent Offered in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Assistant Engraver John Reich’s Classic Head design type was introduced on the large cents of 1808 and debuted on the half cents of the following year. It was relatively short-lived on the larger denomination and lasted only through 1814, although it was employed on the […]

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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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Highly Coveted 1000 Đong Specimen Note Offered in Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction

By Aris Maragoudakis – Director of World Currency Auctions, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   The Stack’s Bowers Galleries upcoming January 2020 New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) Sale will feature a tremendously beautiful example of the most sought after banknote from South Viet-Nam (lot 30464). Known as the “Holy Grail of South Viet Nam Banknotes”, […]

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Rare Gem 1927-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar Offered in Stack’s Bowers January 2020 Collectors Choice Online Sale

Collectors Choice Online Features Nice 1927-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar   By Ben Orooji – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   The Stack’s Bowers January Collectors Choice Online sale is coming up in a few weeks and, as usual, features a number of exciting coins perfectly suited to collectors of popular United States issues. […]

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Finest PMG Curacao 1960 25 Gulden Note Offered in Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction

By Aris Maragoudakis – Director of World Currency Auctions, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… NYINC Paper Money Highlights Our upcoming New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) Auction in January will offer one of the nicest Dutch Colonial pieces we have offered in recent memory. In lot 30193, bidders will have the opportunity to purchase a 1960 […]

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Near-Gem 1797 Large Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The large cents struck by the United States Mint in the 18th century were crucial to the fledging economy of young America. They were extensively used in everyday transactions and many were damaged, lost, or worn smooth as a result. Few collectors will ever own […]

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Highlights From the Stack’s Bowers NYINC World Paper Money Sale

By Aris Maragoudakis – Director of World Currency Auctions, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… NYINC Paper Money Highlights Welcome to our World Paper Money Sale at the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) for the year 2020. Enclosed within this catalog, you will find many lots that have never been offered at public auction, along with […]

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Confederate $20 Held by Lee at Appomattox Featured in Stack’s Bowers March Baltimore Currency Auction

  By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers …… A Confederate T-67 $20 bill that was held by General Robert E. Lee during his surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia will be offered in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ March 2020 Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo. On the afternoon of […]

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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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Stack’s Bowers December Collectors Choice, Precious Metals Auctions Close This Week

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Collectors Choice Our December 2019 Collectors Choice Sale is now online! Check out StacksBowers.com to view over 600 lots of U.S. coins and U.S. currency, valued over $1,000,000 USD. Over 85% of the lots are unreserved. The auction closes live with an auctioneer on our website and mobile Apps on […]

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Extremely Special CH#55-20-02 1884 5 Dollar Banknote at Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction

In the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction at the January 2020 New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC), we will be offering a very special 1884 Bank of British North America 5 Dollar note certified by PCGS Currency. This extremely rare example is one of only seven pieces known. Two are housed in an institutional collection […]

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Juba II: A North African Prince at the Nexus of the Roman World

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Juba was born in North Africa around 48 BCE, named after his father, Juba I, the king of Numidia. Shortly after the younger Juba’s birth, the elder Juba was defeated by Julius Caesar, after he had allied himself with Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great) […]

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Rare 1838-O, Other Half Dollars From E. Horatio Morgan Collection Perform Exceptionally Well in Stack’s Bowers 2019 Baltimore Auction

By Ben Orooji – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… When the E. Horatio Morgan Collection arrived in our offices, we knew we were looking at a special group of coins. The collection comprised of a variety of types including rarities such as the 1894-S dime, the 1876-CC twenty-cent piece, over 100 pattern coins and […]

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Over $17.6 Million in US Coins and Related Issues Sold by Stack’s Bowers in Baltimore

2019 Whitman Winter Expo Brings a Total of More than $19 million The Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2019 Baltimore Auction brought together collectors of every discipline for a historic offering of five important collections and numerous additional rarities. In total, over $17.6 million USD was realized across more than 6,000 lots of United States coins […]

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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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Douglas Winter Numismatics Buys 1838-O Half Dollar for $504,000

Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN), a rare coin dealership based in Portland, Oregon, was the buyer of a very rare 1838-O half dollar graded SP63 by PCGS and approved by CAC. Including a 20% buyer’s premium, the coin sold for $504,000 USD at the November 2019 Baltimore/Whitman Coin Expo conducted by Stack’s Bowers Auctions. The New […]

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John W. Adams Collection of Comitia Americana Medals Nets $1.7 Million

Stack’s Bowers Galleries-  110 Historic American Medals Makes History Numismatist John W. Adams is known worldwide as the foremost expert on the medals authorized by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution. His decades of collecting and research culminated in the most extraordinary cabinet of Comitia Americana medals ever assembled and resulted in a spectacular […]

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A Busy Week: Smithsonian Event and Stack’s Bowers Whitman Auction Lots We’re Following

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. It’s shaping up to be a very busy week for numismatics and, weather permitting (sleet is currently coming down and covering the road with slushy ice in Central Virginia), I will make my way up north and take in both what is shaping up to be Stack’s Bowers most […]

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A Busy Week: Smithsonian Event and Stack’s Bowers Whitman Auction Lots We’re Following

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. It’s shaping up to be a very busy week for numismatics and, weather permitting (sleet is currently coming down and covering the road with slushy ice in Central Virginia), I will make my way up north and take in both what is shaping up to be Stack’s Bowers most […]

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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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Jim Bisognani: November Market Report

Shopping at the Baltimore Whitman Winter Expo and at a mammoth Stack’s Bowers sale; plus, it’s time to cozy up — with your coin collection   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… OK, 2019 is nearly over, and I don’t need a calendar to know this. On Halloween night, I witnessed several full-blown Christmas ads […]

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Rare 1795 13 Leaves $10 Featured in Stack’s Bowers November 2019 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1795 $10 eagle is among the most iconic issues to emerge from the early United States Mint. We are thrilled to present an exceptional example in lot 3177 of our November 2019 Baltimore Auction. Graded AU-53 (PCGS), this lustrous BD-4 eagle represents an important […]

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Rare 1795 13 Leaves $10 Featured in Stack’s Bowers November 2019 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The 1795 $10 eagle is among the most iconic issues to emerge from the early United States Mint. We are thrilled to present an exceptional example in lot 3177 of our November 2019 Baltimore Auction. Graded AU-53 (PCGS), this lustrous BD-4 eagle represents an important […]

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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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Stack’s Bowers Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo

By Peter Treglia – Director of Currency, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   Welcome to the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo. It is almost impossible to believe that 2019 is nearly over. This sale represents the last live U.S. Currency auction of the year for us and […]

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Rare US Life Saving Medal in Gold Featured in Stack’s Bowers November 2019 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Our November 2019 Baltimore Auction offers a nearly unprecedented selection of rarities from the Numismatic Americana series. Among the more significant offerings in this group is one of the earliest gold Life Saving medals struck by the United States Mint. Measuring 67 mm in diameter […]

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Stack’s Bowers 2019 Baltimore Sale – CoinWeek Preview

Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Sale Preview By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. At the 2019 Whitman Expo in Baltimore, Maryland, Stack’s Bowers will be auctioning a large assortment of George Washington exonumia alongside a curated selection of federal US coinage. Stack’s Bowers’ Baltimore sale will be conducted in four live sessions between November 14 and 16 […]

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Stack’s Bowers October Collectors Choice Online Auction of World and Ancient Coins and World Paper Money

  By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Our October 2019 Collectors Choice Sale is now online! Check out StacksBowers.com to view over 1,800 lots of Ancient Coins, World Coins and World Paper Money valued over $700,000 USD. Over 93% of the sale is being offered WITHOUT RESERVE! The auction closes live with an auctioneer on our […]

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Rare Silver Harding Inaugural Medal, Gold Telford Medal Featured in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   Rare Harding Inaugural Medal in Silver United States Presidential Inaugural medals have been issued officially since William McKinley took the oath of office in 1901. For the past 118 years, these medals have marked the change of administrations and can conjure nostalgia or bitterness depending […]

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Historic Noe-13 Oak Tree Shilling Featured in Stack’s Bowers 2019 Baltimore Auction

  Oak Tree shilling by James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Noe-13 1652 Oak Tree shilling is among the scarcest varieties from the Massachusetts silver series. It is typically found in heavily worn condition and often with surfaces problems. We are delighted to feature one of the very finest known Noe-13 Oak […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Announces Their Inaugural Precious Metals Auction

Bidding ends Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 10:00 am PT Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to announce their Precious Metals Auctions, a new auction platform for buying bullion with no buyer’s fees. The interest in bullion has seen a steady increase over the past several years, as interest in this historically stable investment category grows. […]

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Infamous “NE” Pine Tree Shilling Featured in Stack’s Bowers November 2019 Baltimore Auction

Pine Tree shilling By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Featured in Stack’s Bowers November 2019 Baltimore Auction is a remarkable 1652 Pine Tree shilling with an infamous counterstamp that has captured the attention of specialists for nearly 150 years. Placed just below the roots of the tree on the obverse is an […]

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Top-Pop Gem 1927 Peace Dollar in Stack’s Bowers November Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The Peace silver dollar struck from 1921 through 1935 has always been one of the most popular United States coins series. Struck to commemorate the end of World War I, it is a relatively short series but a few of the issues present significant challenges […]

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Top-Pop Gem 1927 Peace Dollar in Stack’s Bowers November Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The Peace silver dollar struck from 1921 through 1935 has always been one of the most popular United States coins series. Struck to commemorate the end of World War I, it is a relatively short series but a few of the issues present significant challenges […]

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Stack’s Bowers ANA 2019 Ancient, World Coin and World Paper Money Auctions Realize Nearly $5.5 Million

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to announce the results of their August 2019 Ancient and World Coin and World Paper Money auctions held in conjunction with the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois. As an official auctioneer of this annual event presented by the American Numismatic Association, Stack’s Bowers offered over 4,600 lots […]

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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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Over $19.8 Million of United States Coins Sold by Stack’s Bowers at 2019 ANA Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction at the ANA World’ Fair of Money attracted collectors from all over the world to Rosemont, Illinois for one of the largest numismatic auctions of the year. This event was met with resounding success, realizing over $19.8 million in United States coins sold, and overall sales of $30.6 million […]

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Collectors Converge on Chicago ANA 2019 World’s Fair of Money

Collector activity energizes show; dealers delighted   The Chicago suburb of Rosemont again proved to be a popular site for the World’s Fair of Money, with many hobbyists lauding the show as the best in recent memory. The American Numismatic Association (ANA) sponsored the convention – considered the most important numismatic event of the year […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Sets Record for Most Valuable Modern U.S. Coin

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries official auction of the 2019 ANA World’s Fair of Money set several records for United States coinage earlier this month in Rosemont, Illinois. Among these was lot 5231 of their Rarities Night session, a 1964 Kennedy half dollar produced as part of an unreported Special Mint Set (SMS) and certified SP-68 […]

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Rare 1851 Humbert $50 Featured in Stack’s Bowers November Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Among the most evocative of all the Gold Rush issues, the huge octagonal $50 gold pieces nicknamed “slugs” have been favorites of numismatists for generations. Tokens and medals made in imitation of these iconic pieces have been produced throughout the 20th century, and even the […]

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Ron Guth – Five Big Ones: Stack’s Bowers – August 15, 2019

By Ron Guth ….. Disclaimer: The author is an independent reporter. He has no affiliation with Stack’s Bowers and he has received no compensation from them (or anyone else) for this analysis. On August 15, 2019, Stack’s Bowers conducted their Rarities Night session of 497 U.S. coins, plus an additional session of 41 United States […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Hong Kong Coin, Paper Money Auction August 19-22

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is excited to present their August Hong Kong Coin and Paper Money auction, August 19-22 in conjunction with the Hong Kong Coin Show (HKCS). This comprehensive sale features numerous Pan-Asian rarities and highlights comprising over 3,500 lots of coins, paper money, tokens, and medals. Figuring prominently in the coin sessions are many […]

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Featured Highlights From the E. Horatio Morgan Collection – August 2019 ANA Auction

E. Horatio Morgan Collection by Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   We are thrilled to present selections from the incredible E. Horatio Morgan Collection, which are among the many highlights of our Official Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money this August. Assembled primarily in the late 1980s and early ’90s, the E. Horatio Morgan […]

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Near-Mint 1795 C-2a Half Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers Rarities Night 2019 ANA Auction

Half Cent Rarity by James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Early American copper enthusiasts will be delighted at the incredible 1795 C-2a half cent featured in lot 5073 of Rarities Night in our August 2019 ANA Auction. Certified AU-58+ (PCGS), this half cent ranks as a Condition Census example and offers superior, near-Mint […]

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Stunning and Extremely Rare Coronation Medal of Nicholas I in Platinum

Coronation Medal By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Born in 1796 to Russian emperor Paul I and Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg, Nicholas had little chance of ever acceding to the imperial throne, as he was the third male child born to the royal couple. Following Paul’s murder in 1801, the […]

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Welcome to Rarities Night – A Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auction Tradition

Rarities Night By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Welcome to Rarities Night 2019! What a great event to put the frosting on the cake for our series of auctions at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money. The eyes of the numismatic world will join you as you contemplate our Rarities […]

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Eliasberg Noe-16 1652 Pine Tree Shilling Featured in Stack’s Bowers August 2019 ANA Auction

Pine Tree Shilling By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Among the significant Early American coins featured in our August 2019 ANA Auction is an EF-45 (PCGS) Noe-16 Pine Tree shilling in lot 477 that once belonged to famed numismatist Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. In general, the Noe-16 Small Planchet Pine Tree shillings […]

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Rare Electrotype Copy of Brasher Doubloon Featured in Stack’s Bowers August 2019 ANA Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Featured in lot 493 of our August 2019 ANA Auction is a desirable electrotype copy of the legendary Brasher doubloon and is sure to appeal to collectors of early American rarities. It is a significant relic of American numismatics, relating to both the Revolutionary-era economy and […]

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US Proof Rarities Featured in Stack’s Bowers 2019 ANA Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present an impressive selection of United States Proof coinage as part of their official auction of the 2019 American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money. Featured in the sale are complete sets of Proof Shield nickels and Proof Barber half dollars, as well as a nearly complete set […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio to Present Chinese Coins From the Famed Charles E. Tanant Collection

Formed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Charles E. Tanant Collection contained some of the finest preserved Chinese rarities to ever enter the marketplace. While serving as an official in the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs Service, Tanant received many of the pieces in his collection as gifts from colleagues during the late […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Present Q. David Bowers Reference Collection of Encased Postage Stamps

One of the most interesting collections to cross the block this August at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money is the personal reference collection of encased postage stamps assembled by Q. David Bowers. Dave had a great deal of interest in the series starting at a very young age, and he went […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Ancient and World Coin Auction at the 2019 World’s Fair of Money

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce their official auction at the highly anticipated American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, August 13-17, 2019 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Replete with historically important and condition sensitive rarities, this auction features a handsome selection of Ancient and World treasures—a veritable […]

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Stack’s Bowers Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Stack’s Bowers will host a series of auctions at the 2019 ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago, featuring everything from US coins to ancients. Included in the auctions will be three particularly noteworthy collections, built around Capped Bust $10 gold eagles, German talers, and proof Flying Eagle and […]

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Mining Talers From the Linda Collection​ Featured in Stack’s Bowers 2019 ANA Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Ever an iconic denomination and focal point of countless coin collections, the taler—a large-sized and weighty silver piece—has been the basis for much of the world’s economy since the late 15th century. At that time, Sigismund, the Archduke of Austria and a member 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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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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Famous 1876-CC Twenty-Cent Piece Offered in Stack’s Bowers Official Auction at ANA World’s Fair of Money

A PCGS-Graded MS-65 Example Will Be a Highlight of Their Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money For a long time, the 1876-CC twenty-cent piece has been recognized as one of the most famous and most desired of all American coins, and the offering of an example attracts great attention in the numismatic community. […]

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Rare Proof 1837 N-10 1837 Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers August 2019 ANA Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   Among the most coveted early American coppers are the Proof large cents struck in the mid-19th century. With production figures shrouded in mystery, Proof large cents have been the subject of intense scholarly debate and serve as crown jewels in the most advanced cabinets. Our […]

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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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Handsome Selection of British and Related Coins Offered in Stack’s Bowers June World CCO Auction

By Kyle Ponterio – Senior Numismatist & Cataloguer, Stack’s Bowers …… This week we feature a handsome selection of British and related items from our June Collectors Choice Online (CCO) Ancient & World Coins Auction taking place June 27, 2019. Many high grade, attractive and collectible examples will be offered, in gold, silver and base […]

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ANA World’s Fair of Money Auctioneers Announced

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is proud to announce the Official Auctioneers for the 2020 and 2021 World’s Fairs of Money. Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries will continue to provide auction services for the World’s Fair of Money in the years 2020 and 2021—on the heels of completing a six-year run conducting successful auctions […]

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Indian Peace Medals to Cross the Auction Block

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be featuring a large collection of Indian Peace Medals at the August ANA World’s Fair of Money this August.
No one is quite sure when the practice started, but the giving of medals of a token of peace to Native American chiefs was a habit of assorted European Powers from at least the 18th century.  It seems politicians in Washington, D

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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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Finest 1831 Capped Bust Dime Variety Featured in August 2019 ANA Sale

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The JR-3 variety of the 1831 Capped Bust dime is unremarkable in most grades and carries a Rarity-1 rating. It can serve as an ideal type coin as it is readily available up through Choice Mint State. However, in Gem condition, this variety becomes formidably scarce. […]

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Did You Know? Edson Collection of Civil War Tokens, Washington Medals at Stack’s Bowers Whitman Auction

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Did you know that Stack’s Bowers Galleries is featuring the Ralph A. Edson collection in our official auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Summer Expo? Mr. Edson has a large collection of tokens and medals, with an emphasis on Civil War tokens and store cards, that will be sold […]

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Brazil Gold Tied for Finest Known Certified World Coin in Stack’s Bowers ANA Auction

By Kyle Ponterio – Senior Numismatist & Cataloguer, Stack’s Bowers …… As summer approaches, anticipation is rapidly building for our official American Numismatic Association (ANA) auction, which will take place from August 13-16, 2019 right outside Chicago in the suburb of Rosemont. While a large number of items that cross the block will earn labels […]

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Rare Original Proof 1836 Half Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers May 2019 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Proof early American copper coinage is one of the most fascinating and intensely pursued series in numismatics. Mint records are largely unclear on these half cents and large cents, leaving much of the production statistics to be drawn from the surviving populations. Most issues are […]

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Jim Bisognani: These Lincolns Make Cents

Solving the copper conundrum; summer expos around the corner   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ….. Although the first day of summer is a month away, spring is still having a hard time establishing itself here in my New Hampshire. This morning, as I made my way to my home office, it was a rather […]

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Stack’s Bowers May Collectors Choice U.S. Coins and Currency Auction Now Online

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The Stack’s Bowers May 2019 Collectors Choice Sale is now online. Check out StacksBowers.com to view over 500 lots of U.S. coins and U.S. currency valued at $600,000 USD. 93% of the sale is being offered without reserve. The auction closes live with an auctioneer on our website and mobile […]

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Rare 1876-CC Liberty Head Eagle Gold Coin in Upcoming Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The 1876-CC $10 is a significant rarity and is elusive in all grades. With appeal to both Carson City enthusiasts and Liberty Head gold specialists, demand far exceeds supply. We are thrilled to offer a pleasing AU-53 (PCGS) example in lot 1112 of our upcoming […]

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Gem 1834 Capped Bust Quarter Featured in Stack’s Bowers May 2019 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Capped Bust quarter series, struck from 1815 through 1838, is vastly underrated and contains many of the great rarities in 19th-century numismatics. Most often collected as part of a type set, examples are readily available in most circulated grades but represent a significant challenge […]

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Gem 1834 Capped Bust Quarter Featured in Stack’s Bowers May 2019 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The Capped Bust quarter series, struck from 1815 through 1838, is vastly underrated and contains many of the great rarities in 19th-century numismatics. Most often collected as part of a type set, examples are readily available in most circulated grades but represent a significant challenge […]

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Newly Discovered Original Washington Before Boston Silver Medal Featured in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Washington Before Boston medal is one of the most significant relics of early America and the Revolutionary Era, with direct ties to the Founding Fathers and some of the most foundational events in our history. Washingtoniana specialist Neil Musante suggests that it is “one […]

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Uniface Fugio Copper Impressions in Gold Featured in Stack’s Bowers May 2019 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……..   Our May 2019 Baltimore Auction will feature an exceptional selection of United States colonial coinage, including many popular issues and an impressive set of New Jersey coppers from the Collection of Larry L. Terrell. Highlights of our colonial offering include a pair of unique gold […]

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Condition Census 1787 New Jersey Copper Featured in May Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …….. Our May 2019 Baltimore Auction will feature an impressive selection of United States colonial coins from the Collection of Larry L. Terrell, including over 65 different varieties of New Jersey coppers. Among the many highlights from this group is an example struck from the Maris […]

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Large size notes command top dollar

The results are in from the Spring 2019 Baltimore Stack’s Bowers auction, and the large size notes demanded collectors’ attention. This was especially true of Lot 4037, which was the “only privately held 1891 $1000 ‘Marcy’ Silver Certificate.” Known as “The King of Silver Certificates,” it was PCGS graded VF25

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Spring Hong Kong Auction Realizes Nearly $7 Million

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce the results of their Spring 2019 auction presented in conjunction with the sixth Hong Kong Coin Show held at the Mira Hotel. The vibrant market, aided by an impressive and dynamic offering of desirable rarities, helped the sale exceed expectations, with total prices […]

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