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Lovely Aureus of Severus Alexander

Lovely Aureus of Severus Alexander

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

We continue our ancient coin previews for our Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money with the Roman Empire but a decidedly tamer coin than last week’s Erotic Tessera. For our highlight this week we offer a highly attractive gold piece from the last emperor of the Severan dynasty, Severus Alexander. 
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Welcome to Our Official U.S. Coin Auction Sessions of the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money

Welcome to Our Official U.S. Coin Auction Sessions of the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money

By Brian Kendrella, President

Welcome to our Official U.S. Coin Auction Sessions of the 2014 Chicago ANA World’s Fair of Money—one of several sessions that Stack’s Bowers Galleries is offering in conjunction with the most important numismatic convention of the year. This is a collectors’ sale encompassing colonial, federal, and related coinage from the earliest days of colonial America down to the modern era. Scarce and rare coins are offered, as are many affordable pieces—literally something for everyone. Get out your “want list” and be prepared to compete for many choice, interesting, and desirable coins. 

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Reminiscing About the ANA Convention

Reminiscing About the ANA Convention

By Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

As I write these words I and many other staff members are looking forward to and getting ready to attend the World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. This will be a multi-faceted event for all of us -- what with multiple auction sessions, programs, an active bourse and more. 

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be offering a group of rare transitional Peace dollars from former Mint Director, Raymond T. Baker’s estate?  This fantastic group of 1921 and 1922 transitional coins includes important patterns, a unique Specimen, and a pair of coins from the early hub style trials for the regular issue 1922 Low Relief. These pieces shed new light on the development process for this important design. Click here to read more. 

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The Finest Certified Li Yuan Hung Dollar with Crossbar of H Missing

The Finest Certified Li Yuan Hung Dollar with Crossbar of H Missing

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

As we move closer to our Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction, we continue to offer highlights from the sale. This week’s preview coin features the effigy of Li Yuan Hung, prominent in early Republican China, who served as the third President of the Republic of China. Li Yuan Hung first served as Vice President to Sun Yat-sen and Vice President to Yuan Shih-kai. 
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Superb Gem Sacagawea Dollar/State Quarter Muling a Highlight of Stack’s Bowers Official ANA Auction

Superb Gem Sacagawea Dollar/State Quarter Muling a Highlight of Stack’s Bowers Official ANA Auction

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on the catalog description by Frank Van Valen

Lot 13287 of our Rarities Night Session, a (2000)-P Sacagawea Dollar muled with a Statehood quarter and graded MS-67 by NGC, is a major rarity among modern mint errors. This error created quite a stir in the mainstream media, as well as numismatic circles, when the first of a dozen or so known pieces were discovered in rolls in early 2000.
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The Tragedy of Ivan VI

The Tragedy of Ivan VI

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

Previews of the Stack’s Bowers Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money continue with more incredible Russian rarities! These two lots (1442 and 1443) represent two halves of a story about Empress Elizabeth Petrovna of Russia who believed she deserved the Imperial throne over her distant relation, the infant Emperor Ivan VI.

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Amazing Specimen-64 1795 Flowing Hair Dollar Rarity in the Spotlight in our August Chicago ANA Rarities Night Sale

Amazing Specimen-64 1795 Flowing Hair Dollar Rarity in the Spotlight in our August Chicago ANA Rarities Night Sale

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

Our Rarities Night sale at the August 2014 Chicago/Rosemont ANA is full of great coins. Indeed, rarities abound, and to choose a single rarity is no easy task. For this week’s highlight we went back to the earliest days of the Mint and its first silver coinage design type, the Flowing Hair dollar made in 1794 and 1795. 
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