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Rare Mexican 1733 Coins With the MX Mintmark Are an Important One-year Variety

Rare Mexican 1733 Coins With the MX Mintmark Are an Important One-year Variety

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

This week, we feature two important coins from The David Gray Collection, silver coins from the Mexico City mint featuring the MX rather than Mo mintmark. This mintmark was only used on the milled silver coins of 1733, and The David Gray Collection features a 4 Reales (lot 459), and a very rare overdate 8 Reales (lot 481). Both of these important coins are needed for a full date and mintmark set of Mexican coins. 

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Extremely Rare “Chi Hai” 1899 Kiangnan 50 Cents

Extremely Rare “Chi Hai” 1899 Kiangnan 50 Cents

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is thrilled to preview an extreme rarity to be offered in our inaugural December 2014 Macau Showcase Auction. Described by the great Eduard Kann as “the scarcest of all Kiangnan coins and a rarity amongst all Chinese coins,” this 1899 50 Cents is most definitely a blockbuster. It was produced by the Nanking mint for Kiangnan Province (Kiangnan meaning “South of the River” with the river referenced being the Yangtze). 

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Choice Athenian Tetradrachm

Choice Athenian Tetradrachm

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Today we continue our preview of the ancient coins featured in our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo with a highly collectible and popular type, an Athenian Tetradrachm. The Golden Age of Athens resulted in this lovely coin, as well as a flourishing of culture that occurred thanks to the playwrights Sophocles and Euripides, the first historians Herodotus and Thucydides, the physician Hippocrates, and the father of Western philosophy, Socrates.
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The Finest Certified 2 Baht Struck in Gold

The Finest Certified 2 Baht Struck in Gold

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

For this week’s December Macau Showcase Auction preview we have an exciting gold presentation piece from Thailand, known as the Kingdom of Siam when this piece was minted. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation that can claim to have never been colonized by a Western power, attributable in most regards to their capable and reform-minded monarchs, the Chakri Dynasty. 
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Choice Thurium Distater

Choice Thurium Distater

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is excited to offer a plethora of lovely ancient coins in our upcoming Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. This week’s ancient coin highlight is a toned and attractive Distater from the Greek colony of Thurium, located in the south of Italy, at the “arch” of the boot. This colony was founded by Athenians around 443 B.C. The “Father of History” Herodotus is likely to have been one of the first colonists to settle here, and is credited with the earliest known critical historical work. 
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The Finest Certified Key Date 2 Centavos

The Finest Certified Key Date 2 Centavos

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud of our strong Mexican numismatic offering in our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. The timing is ideal to offer lot viewing in conjunction with the U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association Convention held in October in Arizona. Here we highlight a key date Mexican 1922 2 Centavos that surfaced recently under particularly unusual conditions. 
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Paris Mint Pattern Caballito Peso

Paris Mint Pattern Caballito Peso

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

We continue our preview of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo with even more Mexican numismatic highlights. This week we turn for the modern, with a stunning pattern piece produced at the Paris Mint. In anticipation of the centennial of the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence (1810), the Mexican government began making plans for a new commemorative coinage.
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Rare Vitellius Denarius

Rare Vitellius Denarius

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The first dynasty of the Roman Empire, the Julio-Claudians, came to a dramatic end with the suicide of Nero in A.D. 68. Galba, governor of the majority of Spain, proclaimed himself emperor and marched on Rome. He proved a heavy-handed and incompetent political player, quickly alienating the Emperor’s honor guard, the Praetorians, as well as the Senate. 
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