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Rare Money Blog

By Aris Maragoudakis, Director of World Currency Auctions

​The World Currency Department of Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to offer the catalog for our 2019 August ANA Auction, held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.  Click here to view the sale online. A few of the scarcest notes in the field of World Paper collecting can be found within these pages. Some are the finest known, and in a few cases, are the only notes known for their types. This is by far one of the most highlight intensive World Paper catalogs we have offered in quite a while, and collectors and dealers alike should prepare for competitive bidding.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist & Cataloger

As the 19th century was coming to a close, the desire to compete in a burgeoning world economy was felt in nearly all parts of the globe. This included China—an empire home to roughly 400 million people (nearly a quarter of the world’s population at that time). Throughout her realms, strings of ‘cash’ were used as a lower-value currency for over two millennia, with larger sums represented in the form of ‘sycee’—ingots cast in gold or silver.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​We are thrilled to offer a historic Brazilian 6400 reis regulated by New York City goldsmith John Burger in Rarities Night of our August 2019 ANA Auction.  Any piece of Regulated Gold is a rare prize, but a connection to John Burger and the economy of America's first capital city makes this piece particularly historic. It is the quintessential survivor from this exclusive series, balancing expert production and exceptional preservation. It is sure to serve as a crowning jewel in an advanced cabinet of early American issues.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​We have a bit more difficult Test Your Knowledge this week. Check back next week to see if you got the correct answer.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​From the 18th century onward, countless coins were counterstamped with advertisements and messages. I have enjoyed collecting, studying, and writing about them. In recent times I have consigned quite a few to Stack’s Bowers Galleries auctions, where they have drawn nice bids. Counterstamps are hardly in the front line of interest headline-wise as they are relatively inexpensive—often valued at less than $100 and not often for more than, say, $500.  Among my favorite counterstamps is one that usually sells for $150 to $250 or so and is described within this blog.

By Mark Schimel, New York Store Manager

​This week in the New York store we were excited to by a number of nice collector gold coins, and I want to highlight two particular coins.  First, we purchased an 1801 $10 in NGC AU-55.  Early gold coins are fascinating. They offer a gorgeous classic design coupled with great rarity, a combination that makes them very appealing. The coin we purchased has lovely clear surfaces and not a single issue worthy of mention. 

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Stack's Bowers Galleries is proud to present the first offering of the E. Horatio Morgan Collection at our forthcoming official auction at the ANA World's Fair of Money in August.  The auction will take place in Rosemont, Illinois at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 13-16, 2019. 

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​ In January 2015 the numismatic world was saddened to learn of the passing of J.H. Cline, who had been part of the numismatic world for over 52 of his 81 years. Known as "Jay the Beard" to some friends and recognized by many others for his signature top hat, Jay was a fixture at countless regional and national conventions.  Cline's Rare Coins on Salem Avenue in Dayton, Ohio was a meeting place for collectors and dealers to buy, sell, and converse—a "coin club" that was very popular in its day. Jay, his wife Vicki, and some family members then relocated to Palm Harbor, Florida, where he continued his numismatic activities.

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