Rare Money Blog

By Ben Mahaffey, Web Content Manager

Stack's Bowers Galleries continues to assemble impressive sales featuring both United States coins and currency and World coins and currency. Here we show off another impressive specimen that will be sold in the April 2021 Hong Kong Auction. Graded by PCGS as MS-64 Prooflike, this 20 Yen (Variety JNDA 01-1) is the single finest known of the type and comes to us from the Pinnacle Collection. The surfaces of the coin are outstanding considering it was minted in 1877. Explore the Coins in Motion video below to get a good sense of the look of the coin. 

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​During the early 20th century, foreign investment in Mexico increased as the country emerged as a market, with interest in her natural resources chief among the pursuits. Foreign petroleum companies, such as those in the United States, Great Britain, and the Netherlands sought to maximize profits by taking advantage of low wages paid to the local Mexican workforce. In 1935, tired of their disadvantageous position, the Petroleum Workers Union issued a list of demands that included a 40-hour work week, sick pay in the event of workers' illnesses, and an additional sum to be used for backpay and benefits.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​The Sheldon-48, Starred Reverse 1794 Liberty Cap cent is one of the most popular, eagerly sought, and also enigmatic varieties in the early large cent series. The reason for including 94 stars on the reverse of this variety has been lost to history although, as with so many other aspects of U.S. numismatics, theories abound.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Thank you for joining us again for another Test Your Knowledge. See if you can figure out what famous coin is shown in the picture. Check back next week to see if you guessed correctly.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Today James Barton Longacre (October 11, 1794 – January 1, 1869) stands as one of the best remembered nineteenth century engravers at the Philadelphia Mint.  His most famous signature is the tiny letter L on the ribbon of the Indian Head cent. A bronze 1864 cent with an L is a key issue, and one lacking this letter is common.

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

​Obsolete currency collectors are often drawn to notes with visually striking and dramatic vignettes. Notes from the Continental Bank of Boston have provided collectors with green and black printed remainders that feature bold vignettes and have been popularly collected for years. Our March Stack's Bowers Galleries currency auction features an uncut $1-$1-$2-$3 sheet of remainders from the Continental Bank graded Choice Uncirculated 64 by PMG.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​The Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo, which had been scheduled for June 3-5, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland, will not be held, according to a press release distributed by Whitman on February 16. However, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce that we will still present our June Showcase Auction with details to come. We are accepting consignments to this sale through April 8, 2021 and encourage you to contact a consignment specialist about including your United States coins in this auction. More details will be available via our website and social media so stay tuned.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know that during the final year of World War II, on February 19, 1945, United States Marines invaded the Pacific Island of Iwo Jima? The island was barren with the exception of Japanese artillery, but the United States saw it as essential to their strategy to win the war in the Pacific. With control of Iwo Jima, the United States would be able to construct airstrips and launch an attack on Japan,  only 600 miles away. Perhaps the most famous image of the invasion was taken atop Mount Suribachi as six men raised the American Flag.