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Exceptional German New Guinea 5 Mark

Exceptional German New Guinea 5 Mark

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is eagerly anticipating the ANA World’s Fair of Money show in Chicago this August. This premier venue is the host of our next world and ancient coin and world paper auction, and is an ideal location to cater to diverse numismatic fields. The interesting piece we highlight today is from the short-lived coinage of the German New Guinea colony. 
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Choice 1879 Proof-Only Trade Dollar In Our Next iAuction Event

Choice 1879 Proof-Only Trade Dollar In Our Next iAuction Event

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

In 1878 the Philadelphia Mint began a Proof-only policy for trade dollars, though the San Francisco and Carson City mints produced trade dollars in that year. The following year, 1879, saw an end to trade dollar coinage at every mint except the Mother Mint, and then only Proofs were made through the end of the series in 1883. 

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Important 1875 Liberty Half Eagle AU-53 (PCGS) CAC

Important 1875 Liberty Half Eagle AU-53 (PCGS) CAC

By James Matthews, Senior Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. Coins

The 1875 Liberty half eagle has the lowest mintage of any issue in the Liberty half eagle series, with a scant 200 pieces struck for circulation, surpassing even the 1854-S half eagle mintage of 268 pieces. However, the 1854-S has only three examples known and thus it nudges out the 1875 Philadelphia issue as the rarest date and mint for this popular series. As any experienced collector knows, the original mintage is only a starting point.

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know that Stack’s Bowers Galleries offers Estate Planning services?  Selling is an important part of the collecting process, and planning for and overseeing the sale of property can offer a rewarding sense of closure.

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The Central States Numismatic Society 75th Anniversary Convention

The Central States Numismatic Society 75th Anniversary Convention

By Melissa Karstedt, Consignment Director and Auctioneer

Next week the Stack’s Bowers team is headed to Schaumberg, Illinois for the 75th Central States Numismatic Society Convention. This year’s show is sold out and has over 250 dealer booths. Once again, it will be held at the Renaissance Schaumberg Convention Center.  The show begins with a “professional preview” Wednesday, April 23, from noon until 6 p.m., and is open to the public Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

 


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Changeover Pairs in United States Currency

Changeover Pairs in United States Currency

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

An interesting niche in paper money collecting is the "changeover pair." Within United States currency a changeover pair is two consecutively numbered notes where there is a change in series date, signature combination, mule plate, or other plate variety (ex. narrow or wide plate). This occurs most often on small size currency with series dates between 1928 and 1935.
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The Value of a Pedigree, Part 3

The Value of a Pedigree, Part 3

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

Stack's and Stack's Bowers Galleries have sold hundreds of collections since 1935, and many owners were well known collectors from the United States as well as all parts of the world. A large number of these collectors did all they could to retain the pedigrees that came with the coins or to do endless hours of research to try and trace pedigrees. As astute collectors, they knew that if they could connect a coin to a previous auction, price list, reference book or article in a numismatic publication, this could stimulate interest in the coin and thereby help increase its market value at the time of sale.

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