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The February Collectors Choice auction of U.S. coins and currency is now online for viewing and bidding. It features over $750,000 in value and only 50 lots are reserved!  Many highlights will be available for viewing this week at the Long Beach Coin Expo, at Table 502. The U.S. Currency auction will close for bidding live on February 22 beginning at 10AM Pacific Time. The U.S. Coins auction will close an hour later, beginning at 11AM Pacific time. Our Collectors Choice sales close live, with an auctioneer so make sure you get in on the bidding excitement!

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Statement of fact: The most popular American series to collect by die varieties is copper cents from 1793 to 1857.

Statement of fact: The most famous single coin in large cent lore and tradition is the Henry Hines 1799 cent, the only known Mint State example.

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The next preview coin for our upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April Hong Kong Showcase Auction is a lovely example of a perennially popular issue. The Hupeh Tael was part of a projected coinage reform based on the traditional Chinese weight standard rather than the dollar system.

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to offer for the first time to the collecting community an incredible serial number 1 $5 Brown Back from the First National Bank of Medicine Lodge, Kansas in the upcoming Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Spring Expo. This note represents a remarkable feat of survival as just $285 of the bank’s total issue of $40,060 in National Currency remained outstanding in 1910. This is the only known surviving example of National Currency issued by the bank.

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Capped Bust Right eagles of the late 18th and early 19th centuries are truly majestic relics of our numismatic heritage, representing the largest denomination struck by the U.S. Mint until the debut of the double eagle in 1850. Introduced as a denomination in 1795, a major revision took place just two years later with the implementation of the Heraldic Eagle reverse part way through the 1797 issue.

By. Q. David Bowers, Founder

​Our catalog of the D. Brent Pogue Sale Part V is now in distribution. To view the catalog online, visit stacksbowers.com. To order a printed copy, contact our offices at 800-458-4646. As our sale on the evening of March 31 will be held at the Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore, it may be interesting to learn about T. Harrison Garrett, who lived and formed his collection there.

Did you know that online in our catalog library at StacksBowers.com you can now download scans of all of the John J. Ford Jr. catalogs?  We hope you take advantage of this wonderful reference on coins, medals and currency. Additional historical catalogs will be added soon. Click here to download your free copies today. Items are listed in date order so scroll to the last pages to view.


Here is this week's test your knowledge! Find out what you know! Find out on our Facebook page on Sunday or check next week's email newsletter.  Good luck!​