The first American nickel five-cents series was James Barton Longacre’s Shield nickel type that was produced from 1866 through 1883. The Gem Mint State-66 PCGS-certified and CAC-approved 1871 Shield nickel offered in our upcoming iAuction represents the first time in the series that the production of the denomination fell below the one million coins mark — in the following year, 1872, the production jumped back up to just over six million pieces.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present an array of American rarities in its upcoming March 2014 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo, March 26-29 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Creating a Watchlist on StacksBowers.com give you the opportunity to keep an eye on various items featured in any of our auctions. You may add as many items to your Watchlist as you wish. So, to help you focus on the lots you are most concerned about, we'll show you how to filter your items by auction, by lot number, or by auction and lot number.
High denomination large size type notes are always popular with collectors and most are among the great all-time notes in our hobby. This week's edition of "Better Know Your Notes" looks at the $500 Legal Tender Notes of 1874 to 1880 and Union General Joseph King Mansfield whose portrait appears on those notes.
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In the earlier parts of this story, I have been discussing how the combination of numismatics and philanthropy satisfied the collecting desires and charitable nature of Ellis Robison. He assembled landmark collections that were notable for two reasons: first for the scope of each collection and auction, and second for how the funds were used to benefit institutions of higher learning.
Once every few years, our numismatists come across a collection of equal parts historical and numismatic value. Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to offer one such collection in our April 2014 Hong Kong Showcase Auction — The Arthur Cox Collection of Ferracute Machine Company Archival Material. This monumental collection is brought to this auction by Arthur Cox, an art teacher and recreational historian of his hometown of Bridgeton, New Jersey. His passion for craftsmanship and his place of origin led to his fascination with the Ferracute Machine Company, one of the major companies in Bridgeton. The Ferracute Machine Company produced machinery that formed and shaped metal, which eventually led them to produce minting machinery.