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Welcome to The Rarities Auction

Welcome to The Rarities Auction

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

As a complement to our sale of the D. Brent Pogue Collection Part I held by us and Sotheby’s at Sotheby’s New York City headquarters on May 19, we present The Rarities Auction. Highlighted by the finest known specimen of one of America’s greatest rarities—the Ultra High Relief MCMVII (1907) double eagle—the sale comprises 109 lots. 
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Gem Proof 1822 Quarter Dollar 25 over 50 C Error Reverse Tied for Finest Known

Gem Proof 1822 Quarter Dollar 25 over 50 C Error Reverse Tied for Finest Known

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

To err is human, it is said. And when the Mint makes an error that can be divine. In 1822 a Mint engraver was working on the reverse die for a silver coin. In a moment of forgetfulness, or perhaps after too many sips of rum (a popular libation for Mint workers of the time), he thought he was preparing a half dollar die. On the reverse he added the figures 50 C. Oops! 
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Probable Finest Known 1873-S Eagle Recently Discovered in Europe

Probable Finest Known 1873-S Eagle Recently Discovered in Europe

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

Every once in a while, a previously unknown cache of coins that yields a new discovery surprises the numismatic market. Sometimes a new variety or date in a series is uncovered or the census of known examples and their grades is revised. The latter is the case for this 1873-S eagle, found in Europe in March, and now the finest certified example and quite possibly is the finest known.

Author: Greg Cohen
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Specimen Sun Yat-sen Memento Ten Cent

Specimen Sun Yat-sen Memento Ten Cent

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Sun Yat-sen was born in 1866 to a poor peasant family in the south of China, near Macau. His elder brother left China seeking work in Hawaii, and Sun Yat-sen followed him at the age of 12. Honolulu offered Sun Yat-sen an opportunity to learn English and receive religious education at an Anglican Church School. Upon returning to China, he studied in Hong Kong, officially converted to Christianity and married. 
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The Surrender at Bennett Place and the End of the Confederacy

The Surrender at Bennett Place and the End of the Confederacy

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Tuesday April 26, 2015, marked the 150th anniversary of the Confederate surrender at Bennett Place in what is now my hometown of Durham, North Carolina. 

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know Stack's Bowers Galleries President Brian Kendrella, made an appearance this week on CNBC's Squawk Box talking about highlights from the D. Brent Pogue Collection, Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part I?  Check out the video clip here.

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Maastricht Paper Money Show Recap

Maastricht Paper Money Show Recap

By Matt Quinn, Assistant Director of Currency

Attendance was quite high at the recent Maastricht Paper Money Fair held in Valkenburg, Netherlands, as is typical for this popular show. Nearly every table was occupied within the main and theatre hall as well as the foyer and stage
Author: Matt Quinn
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“Stone & Ball – More Than a Rock and a Round Thing”

“Stone & Ball – More Than a Rock and a Round Thing”

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

What would a hoard of exonumia such as mine be without some counterstamped coins? This installment we’ll touch on one of my favorite collecting areas, counterstamped Liberty Seated dimes. I only collect them with full names, as they tell a better story than a coin with some randomly counterstamped numerals or letters ever could. I don’t collect them with holes either.
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