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The Demise of the Printed Word in Numismatics, Part One

The Demise of the Printed Word in Numismatics, Part One

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

David Harper, editor of Numismatic News, was the guest speaker at the Texas Numismatic Association Show in early June. He spoke on many subjects, and one in particular was food for thought for me. He discussed changes he foresaw that might lead to the demise of the printed word in numismatics. This caused me to sit down and reminisce about my close to 70 years as a professional numismatist and how the hobby’s sources of information have changed during the last decades. 

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The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part I Reviewed in New York Times‬

The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part I Reviewed in New York Times‬

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part I was sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in conjunction with Sotheby’s at the latter company’s auction gallery in New York City on May 19, 2015. The sale attracted extensive coverage in the New York Times in a piece in the Business Section May 30, 2015. This was just one of many articles published to date about the Pogue Collection and our series of seven auction events offering the coins between now and 2017.

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What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Twelve

What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Twelve

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

In the earlier parts of this subject, I dealt with what I as a teenager during the 1930s and 1940s could collect. I talked about the Depression years, and how we learned to collect things that cost very little or no money. Even with coins, many collectors contented themselves with collecting what they could find in circulation.

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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Eighteen

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Eighteen

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to my latest travels through the pages of A Guide Book of United States Coins, the eminently useful Red Book that first appeared in 1946 and is now in its 69th edition with a cover date of 2016. I am the research editor for the book, while the senior editor is Kenneth Bressett and the valuations editor is Jeff Garrett. Each year the preparation of the Guide Book takes many months at Whitman headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, as collectors, dealers and others contribute changes in prices and other information. 
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What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Eleven

What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Eleven

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

I now would like to approach the challenges encountered when building sets of Roosevelt dimes, Washington quarters and Franklin and Kennedy half dollars. Up to and including in 1964 these three denominations were made of 90% silver. As the price of silver began rising on the raw metal markets, the U.S. Mint (as well as mints throughout the world) realized that the value of the silver in each coin would be worth quite a bit more than the face value of the coin. 
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What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Ten

What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Ten

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

So, coin collecting for me as a youngster and teenager was limited to what I could find in change or occasionally pick up at the shop either as an inexpensive purchase or as a reward for extra work. Likewise collectors on limited budgets today -- and I would think this is still the case for many youngsters -- tend to concentrate on current denominations and commemorative issues. 
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What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Nine

What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Nine

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

After a break to reminisce about the coins in the Pogue Collection, I return to my discussion of teenage collecting. In the earlier parts of this series, I focused on how my generation of Americans collected, through such challenges as the Great Depression and World War II. At the conclusion of Part 8, I was discussing collecting during the 1950s through 1970s and how the rise and fall of Proof sets and other modern issues had affected the hobby during that era.

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The Pogue Collection, Part Two

The Pogue Collection, Part Two

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

As we enter the final week before our offering of The D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part I, I continue with my reminiscences about coins in the Pogue Collection. It has been my pleasure in these days before our inaugural auction of this incredible collection, to once again make the acquaintance of some lovely coins that Stack’s had the honor of presenting in the past.

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