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By Q. David Bowers, Founder

The panorama of American numismatics has many landmarks. One of the first was the establishment of the Mint Cabinet in July 1838—setting the foundation for what is the core of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution today.

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

This week’s preview for our upcoming April Hong Kong Showcase Auction is a lovely Dragon Pattern Dollar (lot 72038) from the final period of the Chinese Empire and the Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty. The Central Mint in Tientsin – operated by the Board of Revenue in Peking – minted a multitude of coinage types in the later portion of the Empire, in an attempt to unify the currency system of China.

By Aris Maragoudakis, Currency Specialist

In a previous post we highlighted the Tibetan collection we are offering in our April Hong Kong Sale. Here we share a bio of Alexander Boris Lissanevitch written by Wolfgang Bertsch, one of the world’s leading experts on Tibetan Banknotes. Wolfgang was instrumental in helping us identify the rare varieties and dates contained within Mr. Lissanevitch’s massive collection.

By Mark Schimel, New York Store Manager

In our continuing effort to make our New York Store the ultimate coin store, we are now displaying our SBG Direct Selections.  These rare coins and paper money notes represent the best of the best.  They are on display during our regular store hours for our customers to view and purchase right in the store.  We know that not everyone wants to buy at auction, so we have set aside some wonderful items that can be purchased directly from our website or in person at our New York Store.

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

The only trade dollars to emerge from the Philadelphia Mint in 1878 were Proofs struck solely for collectors, though coins intended for commerce were still struck in Carson City and San Francisco. Of the 900 Proof specimens minted in 1878, just 683 were initially sold, leaving 219 examples to be distributed in 1879 for bullion or possibly even face value.

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

On behalf of Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s, I welcome you to Part V of our auction program of the D. Brent Pogue Collection of early United States coinage

By Richard Ponterio, Executive Vice President

Welcome to the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April 2017 Hong Kong Showcase Auction! I am pleased to present you with our latest auction. Our dedicated staff toiled for months to prepare this sale, which is full of incredible examples and extraordinary rarities. As the numismatic treasures arrived the excitement in the office grew as we anticipated bringing them to auction and sharing them with you.

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries is offering the Anthony Bettencourt Collection of U.S. Colonial Coins?  This collection will cross the block in Session 1 of the official auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Spring Expo, on Wednesday, March 29. The Anthony Bettencourt Collection of colonial and pre-federal coins comprises many pieces ranging from a 1739 Higley copper to an Albany church penny to a high-grade 1776 Continental dollar. If early American coins are your specialty, or you would like to add them to your interests, our sale offers many treasures. 

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