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By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Today’s preview of the upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April Hong Kong Showcase Auction is a fantastic and ever popular vintage type: the Reversed Dragon Pattern Dollar. The Central Mint in Tientsin – operated by the Board of Revenue in Peking – minted a multitude of coinage types in the latter period of the Empire, in an attempt to unify the currency system of China. Unfortunately, China’s administrative disorganization (as well as insufficient funds) hindered the reforms from gaining traction. Certainly, the revolution overthrowing the monarchy later that year also prohibited widespread production.

By Kyle Ponterio, Senior Numismatist & Cataloger

This week’s highlight from the Q. David Bowers/R.B. White collection of Chinese Copper coins is Lot 40299, an incredible pattern 10 Cash, undated (ca. 1914) and signed by the prolific die engraver and head of the Tientsin mint, Luigi Giorgi.  As head of the mint from 1910 to 1920 he was tasked with preparing and presenting numerous designs such as the standard Yuan Shih-kai “Fat Man” Dollars and its subsidiaries, including Cash coinage.

By Ben Orooji, Numismatist and Assistant Production Manager, U.S. Coins

This week we have sold some truly amazing rarities at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, but there are always new and exciting things in the works at Stack’s Bowers Galleries. Such is the case with this exceptional Gem 1887 Proof half dollar, a highlight of our March Collectors Choice Online Auction that will cross the block on March 28th. If you haven’t had the chance to view the offerings in this sale, go to stacksbowers.com to take a look.

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

By early February 1953, we were preparing to move our store from 46th Street to our current location on West 57th Street.  This included moving our inventory, including the cases loaded with coins that were set up behind our counters and down a hallway leading to the back of the shop. The coins were housed small 2x2 boxes in trays so they could be examined easily. Each tray was 22 X 18 inches in size. Some of the world coins were initially sent to Coin Galleries, the balance was to go to our new store.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Our March Collectors Choice auction of U.S. Coins and U.S. Paper Money is now online at StacksBowers.com. If you are at the Whitman Coin Expo this week, come by Room 307 to view the entire auction in person. The auction features 863 lots valued at over $425,000 and 90% of the lots are unreserved! The auction closes live with an auctioneer on our website or mobile App on March 28, beginning with our U.S. Currency Session at 9 AM PT, followed by our U.S. Coin Session at 11 AM PT.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Did you know the Q. David Bowers Collection of Chinese Copper coinage is crossing the block during our April 2018 Hong Kong Auction? Many of these items are being offered for the first time in half a century! The collection will cross the block Monday, April 2 beginning at 9:30AM Hong Kong Time.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Thank you for checking back to see the answer to last week's Test Your Knowledge!​

Bitcoin Payments Accepted!

Stack's Bowers Galleries is proud to announce that we have partnered with BitPay to accept Bitcoin as payment for qualified invoices.  If you are interested in settling your invoice with this new payment method, please reach out to our accounting department after the sale at 1-800-458-4646.  Please note that a 1% fee will be added to any invoice that is paid via Bitcoin.​​