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By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

For the third time in over 40 years, we have the pleasure of offering this magnificent Mint State 1801 Draped Bust half dollar, a coin that ranks among the finest examples of the Overton-101 die marriage. We first had the pleasure of handling this piece in June 1974 when Stack’s sold it to David Queller in a private transaction during the formation of the legendary Queller Family Collection of U.S. Half Dollars.

By Kyle Ponterio, Numismatist & Cataloger

This week’s highlight for our August 2017 Official Auction at the ANA World's Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado is an important discovery in Polish numismatics: a Taler of Stefan Bathory dated 1580.  All talers of this ruler are extremely rare and highly prized, but what makes this example so special is the legend. 

By Aris Maragoudakis, Currency Specialist

Our August 2017 Official Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money will feature one of the most special notes out of the Philippines, a commemorative 100,000 Piso, large-size Banknote. This amazing note from the Central Bank of the Philippines is part of the Centennial of the First Republic Commemorative issues.

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

As part of our series of previews for the ancient coin section of the August ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction, today we are presenting a historical and religiously significant piece. The iconic silver Denarius of Tiberius the second Roman Emperor is widely known as the “Tribute Penny” by theologians, historians and numismatists. In our preview we will explore the history behind the design that was also used for gold Aurei (an example of tremendous quality is our featured coin this week).

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

I enjoy being part of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries team, including the auction program. Often I have contemplated a coin that would be nice to own—a Mint State 1839/6 cent, a lustrous 1794 or 1795 Flowing Hair dollar, an 1815 half eagle. These and others are favorites, to be contemplated by me, not owned. Tokens, old bank notes of New Hampshire, and other out-of-the way series have been specialties. By scanning or photographing them before putting them in a safe deposit box I can enjoy each with the touch of a few keys on my laptop computer.

By Melissa Karstedt, Auctioneer

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the official auctioneer of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Summer Expo, being held June 21-23, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. Listed below are the lot viewing times and auction session times for your convenience. If you would like to make an appointment to view the lots in our California office or our New York office please call 800-458-4646 to schedule.

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries is featuring a special offering of Hard Times token scarcities and rarities, featuring an impressive selection of tokens from the Q. David Bowers Collection in our official auction of the Whitman Coin Summer Expo?  The auction is now online for viewing and bidding.  Keep reading for a little background on Hard Times Tokens.

​​Here is this week's test your knowledge! Can you name that coin? Find the answer on our Facebook page on Sunday or check next week's email newsletter.  Good luck!​