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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Showcases World Coins and Currency in the Upcoming 2015 World’s Fair of Money

Stack’s-Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce details of their upcoming World Coin, Ancient Coin and World Paper Money Auction, to be held in conjunction with the 2015 World’s Fair of Money.  The convention will be hosted by the American Numismatic Association and will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, August 11-15, 2015.

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Superb Gem Mint State 1831 Quarter Eagle, Garrett Collection Specimen, Finest PCGS Coin

Superb Gem Mint State 1831 Quarter Eagle, Garrett Collection Specimen, Finest PCGS Coin

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Early Quarter Eagles

Prior to our memorable auction of the D. Brent Pogue Collection Part I in May, Christine Karstedt moderated a panel discussion of the Pogue coins and their background. Participating were Dave Bowers and Larry Stack from our company and our long-time friend, David Tripp of Sotheby’s. Among the questions raised was, “Why are gold coins of the 1820s and 1830s so rare today, when in some instances many were made?”

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The Magnificent Twin Leaf Collection

The Magnificent Twin Leaf Collection

A Great Collection of Cents is the Story of American Numismatics

October 15, 1792

“In execution of the authority given by the legislature, measures have been taken for engaging some artists from abroad to aid in the establishment of our mint; provision has been made for the requisite buildings, and these are now putting into proper condition for the purposes of the establishment. There has also been a small beginning in the coinage of the half dismes and cents, the want of small coins in circulation calling our first attentions to them.”

-Thomas Jefferson

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Remarkable Choice AU 1839-D $2.50 to be offered as part of the Georgia Peach Collection in our 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction

Remarkable Choice AU 1839-D $2.50 to be offered as part of the Georgia Peach Collection in our 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

The very desirable 1839-D Classic Head quarter eagle represents both the inaugural production of quarter eagles at the Dahlonega Mint and also the terminal year of the Classic Head design type for the denomination. The discovery of gold deposits across the Mid-Atlantic States in the early 19th century created a surplus of bullion that needed to find its way into the nation’s economy. The Philadelphia Mint soon became overwhelmed by the coinage demands coming from southern sources, spurring the Act of March 3, 1835, that authorized the erection of branch mints at Charlotte, North Carolina, Dahlonega, Georgia, and New Orleans, Louisiana.  
 

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The First Dragon Dollar of China

The First Dragon Dollar of China

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Today’s preview coin from the upcoming August Hong Kong Showcase Auction bears the effigy of one of the most visually recognized symbols of China, the Asian serpentine Dragon. Many of silver issues produced by the semi-autonomous provinces of China bear this imposing mythical creature, usually shown amidst the clouds, signifying its lofty and powerful nature. The coin described here holds special renown as the first Dragon Dollar of China. 
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Stacks Bowers Galleries Official World Currency Auction of the August 2015 ANA Convention

Stacks Bowers Galleries Official World Currency Auction of the August 2015 ANA Convention

By Matt Quinn, Assistant Director of Currency

The rare currency team at Stack’s Bowers is pleased to announce that the Official World Currency Auction for the August 2015 ANA Convention is taking shape and nearing its final form. Over 200 showcase lots will be presented that include several areas of interest. A separate Internet-only section featuring another pleasing assortment of scarce notes will close the following week and utilize our newly adopted live bidding for Internet sales.

Author: Matt Quinn
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Mom Was Right – Every Nickel Counts

Mom Was Right – Every Nickel Counts

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

My parents, John and Jeannette, were born in 1912. They began dating in 1928 when each was 16 years old, and they were married in 1930 when they turned 18. It was the height of the Great Depression, but by April 1936 they had four “Depression Babies.” World War II ensued a few years later, and then after the war – Mom and Dad had four “Baby Boomers,” including yours truly, number seven of eight, born in 1950. 

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Better Know Your Notes: Confederate T-12 1861 $5 “Manouvier”

Better Know Your Notes: Confederate T-12 1861 $5 “Manouvier”

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Our upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Summer Expo features a scarce Confederate T-12 1861 $5 note printed by New Orleans printer Jules Manouvier. Popularly known as Manouvier notes, they bear an issue date of July 25, 1861, and were the only 1861 dated Confederate notes to feature a printed back. 
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