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Unique Discovery Date Colombian 1760/59 Nuevo Reino (Bogota Mint) Pillar Dollar

Unique Discovery Date Colombian 1760/59 Nuevo Reino (Bogota Mint) Pillar Dollar

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on the catalog description by Kent Ponterio, Senior Numismatist, World & Ancient Coins

At the 2014 Stack’s Bowers official New York International Numismatic Convention Sale, a newly discovered and unique Colombian “milled” 8 Escudos of 1755 (minted in Nuevo Reino), was offered and sold for an impressive $223,250. At the 2015 Stack’s Bowers official New York International Numismatic Convention Sale, we are pleased to present a newly discovered, and unique Colombian 8 Reales, dated 1760. The literature has long referenced that 8 reales were minted at the Nuevo Reino (Bogota) mint in 1760 (and we know of approximately a dozen examples of 1760 dated 1 Real coins), but no 8 Reales had ever been seen. 
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Denarius of Caligula Honoring his Father Germanicus

Denarius of Caligula Honoring his Father Germanicus

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Caligula, third emperor of Rome and the first Roman emperor to be assassinated, was the great-grandson of both primary adversaries in the Battle of Actium: Marc Antony and Octavian/Augustus. With this lineage and his upbringing in the army camps of his father, it must have come as a great shock to the Roman people when he did little in the way of serious military endeavors.
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Rare 1992 12-ounce Gold Panda

Rare 1992 12-ounce Gold Panda

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

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to offer another important rarity from the modern Chinese series featured in our December inaugural Macau Showcase Auction. This 1992 12-ounce gold Panda is graded Proof-69 Deep Cameo by PCGS and is from an original mintage of only 99 pieces. These were distributed to collectors outside of China, and in recent times, collectors in China have been keenly “repatriating” these coins that were unobtainable at the time of issue. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Superb Gem Yuan Shih-kai Tall Hat Dollar

Superb Gem Yuan Shih-kai Tall Hat Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio world coin team is very excited for our inaugural December Macau Showcase Auction. It will be a very interesting sale, full of highly desirable and collectible material. Today we preview a lovely example of a vintage Chinese rarity, a Yuan Shih-kai Tall Hat Dollar. This coin bears the effigy of Yuan Shih-Kai, an influential leader from China’s early Republican period.
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Tiberius Denarius “Tribute Penny”

Tiberius Denarius “Tribute Penny”

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Winter 2014 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo is almost upon us. In just a few days our auction team and expert numismatists will set up for a few exciting days of bidding. For today’s preview we present a piece with abundant historical and religious significance. This silver Denarius of Tiberius, the second Roman Emperor, is widely known as the “Tribute Penny” by theologians, historians and numismatists.

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Serial number 1 1996 Gold Kilo Unicorn

Serial number 1 1996 Gold Kilo Unicorn

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

One of the more popular series of modern Chinese coins is the Unicorn series of 1994-1996. These were offered in a range of denominations and in gold, platinum and silver. Kilo gold issues were struck in 1994 and 1996 and the latter had a tiny mintage of a mere 18 pieces. In our upcoming December Macau auction we offer serial number 1. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Rare and Attractive Mexico “Hookneck” 8 Escudo

Rare and Attractive Mexico “Hookneck” 8 Escudo

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our next featured highlight from our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo is a pleasing example of the rare and desirable “Hookneck” 8 Escudos type. The Hookneck series of Mexico has a long and interesting history, best told by Clyde Hubbard and David O’Harrow in Hookneck published in 1997, and still one of the top sources for this series. 
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The Finest NGC Certified Small Characters Hupeh Tael

The Finest NGC Certified Small Characters Hupeh Tael

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is thrilled to preview our auction highlights for the inaugural December Macau Showcase Auction. This week we feature a lovely Hupeh Tael with small characters that stands as the finest certified by NGC. Originally 648,000 Hupeh Taels were minted, this includes both large and small character types, however it is unknown exactly how many of each were struck. 
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