Rare Money Blog

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Eagerly sought by both Liberty Head gold specialists and Civil War enthusiasts, the 1863-S double eagle presents a significant challenge to collectors. Just 966,570 pieces were struck at the San Francisco Mint and most saw heavy circulation throughout the western United States. At the time, coinage had virtually disappeared from day-to-day transactions in the Midwest and the East due to the uncertainty surrounding the Civil War, which placed increased pressure on the gold coinage in the West. Many 1863-S double eagles were likely exported overseas in later years, further diminishing the population.

By Kent Tran, Cataloger

The design of the “Three Graces” Pattern Crown was inspired by ancient Greek mythology. Zeus, the king of the Greek gods, married Hera, the queen of the gods, and together they had three daughters. Their three daughters were Aglaia (Brightness), Euphrosyne (Joyfulness), and Thalia (Bloom). They symbolized charm, beauty, nature, creativity, and fertility and as a result, became known as the “Graces.”

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

This quiz is excerpted from Rare Coin Review #117, published in 1997.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries is featuring the Anthony J. Taraszka Collection of 1795 to 1804 $10 Gold Eagles at our official auction of the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money? Formed beginning decades ago, the collection is absolutely complete, including all dates and die varieties of every Capped Bust $10 gold coin struck from the first, in aucumn 1795, to the last in 1804. To our knowledge this is one of just two such collections ever formed in the history of American numismatics. The other was part of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Core Collection. 

By Aris Maragoudakis, Director of World Currency Auctions

An amazing African paper money rarity is coming up in our August ANA auction in Rosemont, Illinois. This German East Africa 500 Rupien note, dated 1912, and graded Choice Uncirculated 63 by PMG is the single finest graded. Despite a minor restoration noted on the holder for a small corner outside of the design, it is by far the nicest seen of this classic banknote that only circulated for a few years prior to World War II.

By Mark Schimel, New York Store Manager

It was clearly bullion week in the New York Store.  Some of you may not realize that we do a very substantial bullion business as part of our retail operations; we do not only focus on classic numismatic collectibles.  This week we got a call from a local client who needed to sell off almost 100 one ounce Canadian Maple Leafs and a bit over 100 South African one ounce Krugerrands.  One of the advantages of selling to us is that we can purchase as much as you have to sell.  We locked in a price that our client was extremely happy with and took possession of the gold.  We sold almost all of it during the week, some to our wholesale outlets and some to our retail clientele.  We also had some nice retail sales and purchases of bullion in smaller quantities as well. As I noted above, bullion came to the fore this week and a lot of precious metal flowed through the store.  

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries team will be headed to the Long Beach Coin Expo June 6-8, 2019. The show opens for set-up Wednesday afternoon, and will be open to the public from 10 AM Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 8. For specific show details visit the official show website at LongBeachExpo.com.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

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