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The Ray Czahor Reference Collection of Philippines Countermarks

The Ray Czahor Reference Collection of Philippines Countermarks

By Kyle Ponterio, Numismatist & Cataloger

As the year comes to a close the Stack’s Bowers Galleries NYINC auction is right around the corner.  From among the many foreign and ancient coins and banknotes, we take a moment here to spotlight the Philippines section and in particular the collection of Ray Czahor.

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The Ray Czahor Collection of Philippines Countermarks

The Ray Czahor Collection of Philippines Countermarks

Meet the Consignor, Ray Czahor

Ray started collecting coins and stamps in the early 1950s. After collecting over 5,500 world stamps, he quickly realized he hadn’t even scratched the surface, and traded all his stamps, albums, and catalogs to a couple for their United States coin collection. To this day, he has maintained his interest in U.S. type sets, Buffalo nickels, Standing Liberty quarters, Walking Liberty halves and U.S. currency.
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Remarkable Dodekadrachm of the Derrones

Remarkable Dodekadrachm of the Derrones

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger & Kent Ponterio, Senior Numismatist & Consignment Director, World & Asian Coins

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries next major ancient coin auction, the January New York International Numismatic Convention, is less than a month away! We have a lovely group of ancient coin highlights to preview and this week’s showcase coin (lot 44) is a large sized silver piece (40 grams) produced by the ancient Macedonian Tribes. The Derrones tribe occupied the northern Macedonia region and produced these enormous silver pieces ca. 480-465 B.C. 

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Finest Certified Philippines Manila Overstrike 8 Reales of 1830 (Decree of January 16, 1832) Highlights a Strong Offering of Philippine Coinage

Finest Certified Philippines Manila Overstrike 8 Reales of 1830 (Decree of January 16, 1832) Highlights a Strong Offering of Philippine Coinage

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on lot description by Kyle Ponterio, Numismatist & Consignment Director, World Coins

All collectors of Philippines coins will be watching during the Stack’s Bowers Galleries New York International Numismatic Convention Sale as we present the Ray Czahor Collection of items related to this historic and sometimes overlooked area. The Philippines have a very interesting history, being a colony of the Spanish Crown for two centuries, before being taken over by the United States in 1901. 
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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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