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Incredible Near-Gem 1875-S/CC Trade Dollar to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Incredible Near-Gem 1875-S/CC Trade Dollar to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to offer a lovely 1875-S/CC trade dollar in our upcoming Rarities Night session of the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. The platinum brilliance that emanates from this gorgeous overmintmark is dusted by the faintest iridescence in select areas. A silken, almost semi-reflective luster blankets the fields on both sides, displaying a soft but elaborate cartwheel at a tilt. The sharp and intricate motifs are richly frosted and even the most prominent elements are undisturbed.  A thoroughly impressive near-Gem.  

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Lustrous Mint State 1850-D Liberty Quarter Eagle to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Lustrous Mint State 1850-D Liberty Quarter Eagle to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist

The vibrant sunshine yellow surfaces of this Mint State Dahlonega rarity are complemented by subtle halos of teal-gold that embrace the motifs on both sides. Satiny luster glistens from the protected regions. Traces of planchet inconsistency (as made) are visible on the obverse under magnified scrutiny, but the surfaces are free from abrasions and deliver a truly premium aesthetic.
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Near-Gem 1838 Liberty Seated Quarter from the Monument Hill Collection to be featured in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Near-Gem 1838 Liberty Seated Quarter from the Monument Hill Collection to be featured in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

As a first year, transitional issue, the 1838 Liberty Seated quarter is eagerly sought by type collectors and quarter specialists alike. The redesigned quarters continued the new composition of .900 fine silver that had been instituted in 1837, but replaced John Reich’s Capped Bust design that had been used since 1815. 

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Gorgeous Gem Proof 1858 Flying Eagle Cent to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction.

Gorgeous Gem Proof 1858 Flying Eagle Cent to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction.

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger.

By the mid-19th century, the international price of copper had risen to the point at which the practicality of issuing half cents and large cents was diminished. Averaging 20 cents per pound in the early 1850s, copper prices hit 28 cents per pound in 1855, greatly impacting the Mint’s seigniorage and prompting a reconsideration of the designs.
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Choice AU 1850 Liberty Double Eagle from the Collection of a Southern Gentleman to be Offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Choice AU 1850 Liberty Double Eagle from the Collection of a Southern Gentleman to be Offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

The 1850 Liberty double eagle represents the first year of production for the $20 denomination and remains one of the most popular issues for collectors today. Prompted by the California Gold Rush, the new double eagle was to serve as a convenient method for transforming bullion into legal tender in order to fuel the growing American economy. 

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Mint State 1867-S Liberty Seated Quarter To Be Featured in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Mint State 1867-S Liberty Seated Quarter To Be Featured in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will feature a lovely Mint State 1867-S quarter dollar in its Rarities Night auction session at the official auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo in March. Warm amber-rose tones glow from the centers with deeper twilight hues in the peripheries. The fields are satiny and matte-like on each side, pleasantly smooth and untroubled. 
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Famous 1776 Continental Dollar One of Many Highlights In The Upcoming Stack’s Bowers February 2016 Rarities Sale

Famous 1776 Continental Dollar One of Many Highlights In The Upcoming Stack’s Bowers February 2016 Rarities Sale

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger

Of all the important dates in American history, none is more significant than 1776, the year our Founding Fathers declared independence from Great Britain. Though nearly countless varieties of world coins and a few very rare early American tokens are known dated 1776, there is but one way to represent the date of our nation’s birth with an American coin in a coin cabinet, and that is to own a Continental dollar.
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A Pair of Fantastic Large Cents Sold Over the Past Year, each with an Incredible Story and Impressive Price Realized!

A Pair of Fantastic Large Cents Sold Over the Past Year, each with an Incredible Story and Impressive Price Realized!

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger and Ben Orooji, Numismatist & Cataloger

Enjoy these updates on the authors' favorite blogs from 2015!

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