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Famous “Confederate” 1861-D Gold Dollar Rarity Highlights Our October 2014 PNG Auction Sale From the Milt Tretiak Collection

Famous “Confederate” 1861-D Gold Dollar Rarity Highlights Our October 2014 PNG Auction Sale From the Milt Tretiak Collection

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

The Civil War was in full swing in May of 1861 when the final gold dollars of the Dahlonega Mint were struck, but they were struck by the state of Georgia and the Confederacy, not by Uncle Sam. The mintage estimates vary widely for this rarity, with the Guide Book allowing for 1,250 pieces, and the Bowers reference on the series giving an estimate of 1,000 to 1,500 pieces
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Condition Census 1794 Sheldon-29 to Cross the Block at the Official PNG Auction in October

Condition Census 1794 Sheldon-29 to Cross the Block at the Official PNG Auction in October

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

A wonderful 1794 Sheldon-29 large cent, graded MS-65 BN by NGC is among the highlights of our upcoming October 79th Anniversary Sale, being held in conjunction with the PNG Invitational Convention in New York City. This cent displays quite bold overall definition, with exquisite, hard satiny surfaces with dominant orange-brown patina. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Splendid Choice Mint State 1803 Small 3 Draped Bust Dollar One of Many October 2014 PNG Auction Highlights

Splendid Choice Mint State 1803 Small 3 Draped Bust Dollar One of Many October 2014 PNG Auction Highlights

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

One clear standout among the many treasures Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be offering in our upcoming Official Auction at the October 2014 PNG event is a pleasing MS-63 PCGS-certified 1803 Draped Bust dollar with Small 3 date details. The soft gray surfaces display bold lilac, sunset orange, blue, and rose iridescence, and the luster is strong overall. 
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Choice VF Small Head 1855 Wass, Molitor & Co. $20 Shines in Our October 2014 PNG Auction Event

Choice VF Small Head 1855 Wass, Molitor & Co. $20 Shines in Our October 2014 PNG Auction Event

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

A Choice VF-35 PCGS-certified 1855 Wass, Molitor & Co. $20 with the Small Head style, Kagin-7, will be up for bids in our official auction sale with the Professional Numismatists Guild this upcoming October in New York City. For the first time ever, the PNG is hosting a combined auction and convention, and Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to be a part of this prestigious event. 
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1836 Gobrecht Dollar from the Collection of a New York Dentist

1836 Gobrecht Dollar from the Collection of a New York Dentist

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

Like the 1796 16 Star half dollar showcased in this space last week, this week’s coin, a lovely and richly toned 1836 Gobrecht silver dollar, is also from a fresh collection consigned by the estate of a New York dentist. This collector, who for many years bought coins from Stack’s via both auction and retail sale, was most active during the early to mid-1980s. 
Author: Greg Cohen
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Choice Very Fine 1796 Half Dollar Rarity Anchors Our Premiere October 2014 PNG Invitational Auction Event

Choice Very Fine 1796 Half Dollar Rarity Anchors Our Premiere October 2014 PNG Invitational Auction Event

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

Keep your schedule open from October 9 to 11, 2014, when Stack’s Bowers Galleries will present our premiere PNG Auction event. The Professional Numismatists Guild has been a part of American numismatics for over half a century, and the reputations both of the organization and of the individuals who make up the prestigious group represent the epitome of numismatic professionalism.
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Important 1922 Peace Dollar Die Trial Rarity Highlights Our Chicago 2014 ANA Sale

Important 1922 Peace Dollar Die Trial Rarity Highlights Our Chicago 2014 ANA Sale

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

One of Five Previously Unknown Peace Dollar Rarities Each Offered For the First Time

Among the “rarest of the rare” in our upcoming 2014 Chicago ANA Rarities Night sale are five Peace dollar die trials from the estate of late Mint Director Raymond T. Baker who was involved in the redesign of the 1921 High Relief Peace dollars. The five Baker pieces include one 1921 and four 1922 Peace dollars, all Proofs, and all rare. 
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Gorgeous Gem Specimen-65 1794 Flowing Hair Half Dime Among Classic Rarities in Our 2014 ANA Sale

Gorgeous Gem Specimen-65 1794 Flowing Hair Half Dime Among Classic Rarities in Our 2014 ANA Sale

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

Among the most important and rarest coins in the Rarities Night session of our Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money is a 1794 half dime called Specimen-65 by NGC. This beautiful Gem is one of just a few pieces known in the Specimen format and is readily among the finest of those extant. 
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