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Historic 1861-C Liberty Half Eagle to be Offered in our July 2015 Baltimore Auction

Historic 1861-C Liberty Half Eagle to be Offered in our July 2015 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

The American Civil War had important numismatic implications that still affect collectors today. The fabled Confederate cents and half dollars of 1861 have long fascinated collectors, and the many variations of Civil War tokens and other related exonumia offer glimpses of independent coinage efforts that took place during the years of the conflict.  
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Top Pop 1958-D Jefferson Nickel Featured in Our Current iAuction #3532

Top Pop 1958-D Jefferson Nickel Featured in Our Current iAuction #3532

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

A staggering 168,249,120 Jefferson nickels were struck at the Denver Mint in 1958, which amounted to more than one nickel for each member of the U.S. population, as per the 1950 Census. Even with this huge quantity, heavily circulation has ensured that very few examples survive at any appreciable levels of preservation. 

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Choice About Uncirculated No Arrows, Open 3 Liberty Seated Half to be Featured in Our Upcoming July 2015 Baltimore Auction

Choice About Uncirculated No Arrows, Open 3 Liberty Seated Half to be Featured in Our Upcoming July 2015 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist

Among the numismatic treasures crossing the auction block in our upcoming July 2015 Baltimore sale is an exceptional No Arrows, Open 3 1873 Liberty Seated half dollar which is sure to be exciting for half dollar and U.S. type specialists alike! 1873 represents a significant, transitional year in the design of our nation’s silver coinage, in some cases echoing some of the alterations that took place exactly two decades earlier. The Close 3 logotype used in the date across all denominations was deemed to be easily confused for an “8” by Chief Coiner A. Loudon Snowden, eliciting a change to the Open 3 style early in production.

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Among Finest Known Gem Satin Proof 1909 Indian Eagle Rarity Highlights Our May 2015 New York City Rarities Auction Event

Among Finest Known Gem Satin Proof 1909 Indian Eagle Rarity Highlights Our May 2015 New York City Rarities Auction Event

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

Many of America’s finest coins will appear in our upcoming New York City Rarities Auction, held in conjunction with Sotheby’s the day following our sale of Part I of the incredible D. Brent Pogue Collection. The 1909 Satin Proof eagle in the sale, from the design type by Augustus Saint-Gaudens struck 1907 through 1933, is a rare bird indeed. 
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Exceptional Gem Uncirculated 1807 Draped Bust Half Dollar Highlights Our July 2015 Baltimore Rarities Night Sale

Exceptional Gem Uncirculated 1807 Draped Bust Half Dollar Highlights Our July 2015 Baltimore Rarities Night Sale

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

An exceptional Gem Mint State 1807 Draped Bust half dollar from the final year of the design type will shine brightly this July in Baltimore when our Rarities Night event gets underway. This satiny pearlescent gray beauty features a strong strike for the type and excellent overall physical and aesthetic charm. 
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Choice Uncirculated 1865-S Double Eagle from the S.S. Brother Jonathan Treasure to be Offered in Our Upcoming May 2015 Rarities Auction

Choice Uncirculated 1865-S Double Eagle from the S.S. Brother Jonathan Treasure to be Offered in Our Upcoming May 2015 Rarities Auction

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

A gorgeous MS-64 NGC-certified 1865-S double eagle recovered from the depths of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California is one of many great highlights offered in our May 20, 2015, New York City Rarities Auction. The coin was aboard the S.S. Brother Jonathan when it went down off shore of Crescent City, California in a storm on July 30, 1865.
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Gem Proof Bronze 1855 Flying Eagle Pattern Cent Rarity Flying High In Our July 2015 Baltimore Rarities Night Sale

Gem Proof Bronze 1855 Flying Eagle Pattern Cent Rarity Flying High In Our July 2015 Baltimore Rarities Night Sale

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

A simply amazing Gem Proof 1855 Flying Eagle cent pattern, the finest certified of its variety by any major grading service, will highlight our July 2015 Rarities Night sale in Baltimore, Maryland. This gorgeous pattern cent is larger than the small cents issued in 1856 and later, and is a near copy of the Flying Eagle cent patterns of the preceding year, 1854, though the reverse wreath differs slightly. 
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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know that Stack’s Bowers Galleries is offering the finest certified MCMVII Ultra High Relief double eagle in our Rarities Auction in conjunction with Sotheby’s on May 20, 2015, in New York?  This design by Augustus Saint-Gaudens is often considered the most beautiful ever struck by the U.S. Mint. The example in our Rarities Auction is graded by PCGS as Proof-69. The historical importance of this classic type cannot be overstated and whenever an example is offered in auction, it creates excitement among numismatists. Read more here.     

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