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Very Rare 1995 500 Yuan Gold Unicorn

Very Rare 1995 500 Yuan Gold Unicorn

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

This week we again focus on a very rare modern Chinese gold commemorative issue, a 500 Yuan Gold Unicorn from 1995 that we are offering in our December Macau Showcase Auction. This coin boasts a low serial number (003 of 099) and a high grade (Proof-69 Deep Cameo, certified by PCGS). Its size (5 ounces of gold) is quite impressive. This piece is tied with fewer than a dozen at this grade for finest known honors. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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September 1689 ½ Crown Gun Money

September 1689 ½ Crown Gun Money

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

In this month’s iAuction featuring world coins, scheduled to close on Sunday, November 2, we are offering a relatively high quality example of an Irish “Gun Money” ½ Crown. Struck in Ireland during the Williamite War by the forces of James II, the appellation is derived from one of the sources of the brass (and other base metals) used to strike the coins, the cannons that were captured in battle (other sources included church bells). 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Treasure Hunting for an Indian Cent

Treasure Hunting for an Indian Cent

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In 1859 an estimated 1,000 or more specimens were made of a so-called transitional pattern (Pollock-272, Judd-228) utilizing the standard 1859 Indian Head cent obverse in combination with the oak wreath and shield reverse (as regularly adopted in 1860). Unlike most patterns, nearly all strikings were made in circulated strike format instead of Proof. Which raises the question: Is it a pattern or is it a regular issue? 

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Superb Gem Yuan Shih-kai Tall Hat Dollar

Superb Gem Yuan Shih-kai Tall Hat Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio world coin team is very excited for our inaugural December Macau Showcase Auction. It will be a very interesting sale, full of highly desirable and collectible material. Today we preview a lovely example of a vintage Chinese rarity, a Yuan Shih-kai Tall Hat Dollar. This coin bears the effigy of Yuan Shih-Kai, an influential leader from China’s early Republican period.
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“A Hallowe’en ‘buck’ from the Biggest Little Town in Ohio.”

“A Hallowe’en ‘buck’ from the Biggest Little Town in Ohio.”

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

Trick or Treat and Happy Hallowe’en to all our readers from Waldo C. Moore, president of the American Numismatic Association, 1919-1921, and from Lewisburg, the “Biggest Little Town in Ohio.” Moore (1874-1953) was born in West Baltimore, Ohio (now Verona) and attended the Dayton Normal School and the Miami Commercial College in Dayton. 
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Books and their Value to Collectors, Part 1

Books and their Value to Collectors, Part 1

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

One question I hear quite often from beginning as well as advanced collectors is: "Why buy the book before the coin?".  The question often comes from Internet collectors, who seem to think of that as the only source of information. Well, the Internet is good, but at the same time it can’t offer everything.

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What Do You Know?

What Do You Know?

Here is this week's Test Your Knowledge question! Answer correctly in the comments section and be entered in a drawing to win FREE Stack’s Bowers Galleries Coin Storage box. The answer will be revealed next week! Can't wait for the next email newsletter? Visit us on Facebook or Twitter for the answer on Monday!
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Rare Mexican 1733 Coins With the MX Mintmark Are an Important One-year Variety

Rare Mexican 1733 Coins With the MX Mintmark Are an Important One-year Variety

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

This week, we feature two important coins from The David Gray Collection, silver coins from the Mexico City mint featuring the MX rather than Mo mintmark. This mintmark was only used on the milled silver coins of 1733, and The David Gray Collection features a 4 Reales (lot 459), and a very rare overdate 8 Reales (lot 481). Both of these important coins are needed for a full date and mintmark set of Mexican coins. 

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