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Ancient Coins in Our August 2014 ANA Sale

Ancient Coins in Our August 2014 ANA Sale

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

On the morning of August 5, 2014, Stack’s Bowers Galleries will begin its Official ANA of the ANA World’s Fair of Money with Session A of the world sale. Leading off the session are 135 lots of world paper currency — a diverse selection and a fast growing specialty. Lot 201 begins our offering of ancient coins, featuring a wonderful selection of Greek and Roman coins for the collector to enjoy. 
Author: Greg Cohen
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Finest Certified Countermarked Costa Rican 4 Escudos

Finest Certified Countermarked Costa Rican 4 Escudos

By Kyle Ponterio, Numismatist & Cataloger and Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries August ANA World’s Fair of Money auction is nearly upon us! This is our largest auction of the year, with thousands of lots of world and ancient coins and paper currency. One of our highlights is a Costa Rican countermarked 4 Escudos, and this example is the finest certified. 

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Important 1922 Peace Dollar Die Trial Rarity Highlights Our Chicago 2014 ANA Sale

Important 1922 Peace Dollar Die Trial Rarity Highlights Our Chicago 2014 ANA Sale

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

One of Five Previously Unknown Peace Dollar Rarities Each Offered For the First Time

Among the “rarest of the rare” in our upcoming 2014 Chicago ANA Rarities Night sale are five Peace dollar die trials from the estate of late Mint Director Raymond T. Baker who was involved in the redesign of the 1921 High Relief Peace dollars. The five Baker pieces include one 1921 and four 1922 Peace dollars, all Proofs, and all rare. 
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What Do You Know?

What Do You Know?

Here is the answer to last week’s Test Your Knowledge! Did you pass the test? Doug N. did on our Facebook page and he was selected to win a FREE consigned item to a future Stack's Bowers Galleries auction. Remember you can participate on Facebook, Twitter or right on our blog at StacksBowers.com by leaving your answers in the comments section! Check back next week for a new numismatic question.

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U.S. Liberty Head $20 Double Eagles: The Gilded Age Collection Symposium at the ANA

U.S. Liberty Head $20 Double Eagles: The Gilded Age Collection Symposium at the ANA

By Christine Karstedt, Executive Vice President

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present another educational symposium at the ANA’s Worlds Fair of Money.  On Wednesday, August 6 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 5 of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Q. David Bowers and Robert Galiette will be hosting: “U.S. Liberty Head $20 Double Eagles: The Gilded Age Collection.” 
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A Point to Ponder

A Point to Ponder

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Recently the Wall Street Journal had an article by Dr. Linda P. Fried, “Older, Healthier, and Happier.” The thesis was that over the past 100 years Americans have added 30 years to their typical lifespan. And, how true this is. In researching American history -- one of my favorite pastimes, censuses, accounts of activity, and the like from, say, the early and mid 19th century have relatively few people older than 70. Or, if they are older than 70, they do not seem to be particularly active. 
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Very Nice Salamis AR Stater

Very Nice Salamis AR Stater

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries August ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction is packed with excellent ancient coins for all types of collectors. Today we feature an AR Stater from the ancient Greek city-state of Salamis comprising the far eastern end of the island of Cyprus. This area has long been a contested region, between the Greeks and Persians. 
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Better Know Your Notes: General James McPherson and the $2 Treasury Notes of 1890 & 1891

Better Know Your Notes: General James McPherson and the $2 Treasury Notes of 1890 & 1891

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the Union Army's Atlanta Campaign that sought to deal a devastating blow to the heart of the Confederacy in Atlanta and surrounding parts of Georgia. One prominent Union general from that military campaign is James Birdseye McPherson whose portrait is found on the $2 Treasury Notes of 1890 and 1891.

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