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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know that Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be presenting “The 1853 Collection?” This important type collection will be spotlighted in our October-November Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. Small in scope but encompassing every denomination in copper, silver, and gold of 1853, the collection includes one of America’s greatest rarities, the 1853-O No Arrows half dollar, of which fewer than a half dozen examples are thought to exist. To request a catalog of this important auction event, call our Auction Services Department at 800-458-4646. 

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Superb Gem Proof-66 Restrike 1853 Silver Dollar Rarity Highlights Our Upcoming November 2014 Baltimore Sale From “The 1853 Collection,” Ex Geiss, Starr

Superb Gem Proof-66 Restrike 1853 Silver Dollar Rarity Highlights Our Upcoming November 2014 Baltimore Sale From “The 1853 Collection,” Ex Geiss, Starr

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

Every now and then in numismatics a coin comes along that is so fine in quality and visual appeal that superlatives fail. Such is the Gem Proof Restrike 1853 Liberty Seated dollar in our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo, October 29 - November 1. This spectacular coin is part of the incredible “1853 Collection” that we will showcase in our Baltimore auction event.
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Bar Kochba Revolt

Bar Kochba Revolt

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries late October, early November Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo will offer a robust collection of ancient coins -- a variety of ancient coins from a multitude of regions, each with an interesting story. This week’s ancient coin highlight has its origins in fierce Jewish resistance to Roman Imperialism in an all-out revolt.
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What Do You Know?

What Do You Know?

Here is this week's Test Your Knowledge question! Answer correctly in the comments section and be entered in a drawing to win FREE Stack’s Bowers Galleries Coin Storage box. The answer will be revealed next week! Can't wait for the next email newsletter? Visit us on Facebook or Twitter for the answer on Monday!

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One of the Finest Certified Iturbide 8 Escudos

One of the Finest Certified Iturbide 8 Escudos

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Following last week’s preview of three Oaxaca gold pieces from the Mexican Revolution, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries world coin team would like to continue our preview of Mexican gold issues to be offered in our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. For this week we have an Iturbide 8 Escudos which is tied for finest certified for its type. 
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Fun with Coins

Fun with Coins

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

From Rare Coin Review #52, June-September 1984

Over the years I have written numerous articles in various publications with my take on the “world’s greatest hobby” and encouraging readers to enjoy coins as much as I do. In fact, my weekly column in Coin World is titled “The Joys of Collecting.” In Rare Coin Review #52 from 1984, I found a typical QDB article, somewhat blandly titled “Some Thoughts on Coin Collecting.” 

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A Brief History of Confederate Currency Printers Leggett, Keatinge & Ball

A Brief History of Confederate Currency Printers Leggett, Keatinge & Ball

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

During the American Civil War, the Confederate States of America issued their own circulating paper money for use in daily commerce. Notes were produced in various types from 1861 to 1864. Due to the challenges of unstable supply lines, lack of reliability, military encroachment and other factors, the Confederate government employed numerous different firms for the production of Confederate treasury notes. Certainly the most prodigious producer of these notes was the firm of Leggett, Keatinge & Ball.  

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Gem Uncirculated 1809 Half Cent Among Many Highlights in Our Upcoming iAuction Event

Gem Uncirculated 1809 Half Cent Among Many Highlights in Our Upcoming iAuction Event

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

Believe it or not, there was a time in America when a half cent could actually make a purchase. At a time when Spanish-American silver coins were the backbone of circulating currency in America, a “bit” or one eighth of a Spanish Milled dollar was worth 12 ½ cents. 
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