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By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

By 1957 I had about 10 years of experience, full time, at Stack's which exposed me to an active retail trade in coins, dynamic public auctions and vibrant mail bid sales. In addition, I had experienced meeting clients from yesteryear as well as those currently building or selling their collections. I had learned much about the art of auction cataloging and price list presentation and along the way greatly expanded my numismatic expertise.​​

By Harvey G. Stack, Co-Founder

Stack’s continued to hold auctions, including at conventions for the Metropolitan New York Numismatic Association as well as the New England Numismatic Association. Of mention were several major collections such as the Lenox Lohr Collection of U.S. Coins featuring Proof coins, as well as many type coins.

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

Among the reasons for the move from 46th Street to West 57th Street in New York was that more space was needed for our library and foreign coin business. Also on West 57th Street, about a half a block away from our store, we located a second floor space to house a division called "Coin Galleries.”​​

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

Numismatics grew all through the 1950s. Many of the servicemen who were collectors before World War 2 returned home, settled down to their regular jobs, started to raise families and re-entered their hobbies. It was a wonderful to have them rejoin their fellow hobbyists, and renew friendships from years gone by. The hobby was reinvigorated as they again discovered the fun and relaxation of coin collecting.​​

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

The year 1955 began, and it would prove to be another incredible year.

Early in January, my cousin Norman Stack returned from his tour of duty in the Army, after being stationed in Germany. He was back on board at the shop and ready to pursue the job he left in 1951, when he was drafted because of the Korean War.

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

I concluded my last article by noting that we were often asked whether the Anderson Dupont Collection included gold coins. It did, but the feeling was that offering the gold coins at auction along with all the other material might drain the funds that clients had available.​​

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

The second part of the Anderson Dupont sale took place in November 1954. Once again this was a great opportunity to get items from an old-time collection that were fresh to the market. This sale attracted the same public interest as the Davis Graves Collection had when it was sold earlier that year. This second part featured silver, copper and nickel coins and offered numerous high quality coins and rarities seldom seen in one sale.​​

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

Stack’s incredible year of 1954 continued. After the initial sale in March, we offered a second section of the Davis Graves Collection. Included was the specialized collection of world gold coins that numbered some 645 lots. Following that section, we offered duplicates and some unusual American coins, highlighted by an 1879 $4 Stella and the rare 1849 Moffat $16 ingot. Various other U.S. gold was offered including a run of eagles from 1795 to 1804, with both varieties of 1798. With the sale of the Davis Graves cabinet successfully concluded, the firm went "full speed ahead" to catalog the Anderson Dupont Collection.

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