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Gem BU 1795 Half Dime Will Excite Bidders at the Official March 2015 Baltimore Auction

Gem BU 1795 Half Dime Will Excite Bidders at the Official March 2015 Baltimore Auction

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

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present as part of our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo, a lovely 1795 half dime, graded MS-65 by PCGS and housed in an old style green label holder and verified by CAC. This little beauty is richly toned in gold, blue, sea green and rose, and is highlighted by soft cartwheel luster. The strike is notably sharper on this example than usually seen, with bold definition of the hair strands and even some differentiation on the eagle’s breast. 
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The Extremely Rare 1652 Noe-18 Oak Tree Sixpence from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection

The Extremely Rare 1652 Noe-18 Oak Tree Sixpence from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on the catalog description by John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant

Here we feature one of many highlights from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection, a well pedigreed, thoroughly published, and extremely rare 1652 Noe-18 Oak Tree sixpence. A photo of this coin has graced the plates of the 1914 ANS Exhibition; Wurtzbach’s Plates of Massachusetts Silver (1937); Noe’s reference on Oak Tree Coinage (1947); Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia (1988); and Q. David Bowers’ Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins published by Whitman in 2009. 
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Finest Known Ultra Cameo Gem Proof 1869 $10 Gold

Finest Known Ultra Cameo Gem Proof 1869 $10 Gold

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

This week Stack’s Bowers Galleries is privileged to highlight a 1869 Proof eagle from our Official Auction of the ANA’s National Money Show in Portland. A major rarity, as are all Proof gold coins of the era, only 25 examples were struck. Of the estimated dozen or so extant specimens, this NGC-graded Proof-67* Ultra Cameo is the absolute finest known. 

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Well Pedigreed, Extremely Rare, Gem Quality 1839-O Proof Half Dollar

Well Pedigreed, Extremely Rare, Gem Quality 1839-O Proof Half Dollar

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

One of the rarest coins in the Capped Bust half dollar series, the Proof 1839-O half dollar, will provide an important bidding opportunity for specialists in our official auction for the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show in Portland. For many years, the fame of the 1838-O half dollar (with a mintage of 20 pieces) overshadowed its rarer sibling, the 1839-O Proof (with an estimated five coins struck in Proof). 
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Inspiring 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter is a Highlight of The Stephen Winthrop Collection in Our New York Americana Sale

Inspiring 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter is a Highlight of The Stephen Winthrop Collection in Our New York Americana Sale

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

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present The Stephen Winthrop Collection, one of the anchors of our February 2015 Americana Sale. The collection focuses on U.S. type coins and commemoratives, with attention paid to quality. The proceeds of the sale of this collection are being donated to ALS research at Harvard University

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Historic 1864 Boston Masonic Temple Half Dollar, Struck from Silver Recovered from the Winthrop House

Historic 1864 Boston Masonic Temple Half Dollar, Struck from Silver Recovered from the Winthrop House

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. and World Coins. Based on the catalog description by John Pack, Executive Director of Consignments

Traditionally, the New York Americana Sale features important collections of American federally issued and colonial era coins, alongside a very strong selection of Numismatic Americana (what used to be called “Exonumia”) -- a catch all for medals, tokens, and similar numismatic items that do not fit into a Guide Book of United States Coins (or Red Book) category. This diversity of offerings has made the Americana Sale a focal point on our auction calendar every year. 
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A Magnificent 1863 Marksmanship Award Medal Awarded to N.B. Irwin of the Famous “Ellsworth’s Zouaves,” Part of the Highland Collection, a Highlight of the 2015 New York Americana Sale

A Magnificent 1863 Marksmanship Award Medal Awarded to N.B. Irwin of the Famous “Ellsworth’s Zouaves,” Part of the Highland Collection, a Highlight of the 2015 New York Americana Sale

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on the description by John M. Pack, Executive Director of Consignments

Starting with the first Americana Sale in January 1998, important “exonumia” has been a focal point in these auction events. Our 2015 Americana sale is no different, with important consignments of medals and tokens taking center stage. Recently we presented a Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal and this week, we highlight an important piece of Civil War numismatic Americana. 

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An “Old Friend” 1879-CC $10 will be Offered in the 2015 New York Americana Sale.

An “Old Friend” 1879-CC $10 will be Offered in the 2015 New York Americana Sale.

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

In the numismatic auction world, there is no greater thrill than having “old friends” return home. This week’s highlight for the 2015 New York Americana Sale is an 1879-CC gold eagle, which we last offered as lot 734 in our February 1979 sale of the Ellis Robison Collection of United States Gold Coins. The Robison Collection was a classic Stack’s sale of the era, featuring one of the most extensive collections of U.S. gold coins to be offered at auction. 
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