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Extremely Rare T’ai Ping Rebellion ¼ Tael

Extremely Rare T’ai Ping Rebellion ¼ Tael

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Just one week remains before the inaugural session of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction. Be sure to view the auction here, and keep in mind that the first session starts live Monday August 18 at 10 AM Hong Kong Time, which is Sunday August 17 at 7 PM Pacific Time. The numismatic treasure we feature here is a silver ¼ Tael and hails from the tumultuous T’ai Ping Rebellion. 
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1836 Gobrecht Dollar from the Collection of a New York Dentist

1836 Gobrecht Dollar from the Collection of a New York Dentist

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

Like the 1796 16 Star half dollar showcased in this space last week, this week’s coin, a lovely and richly toned 1836 Gobrecht silver dollar, is also from a fresh collection consigned by the estate of a New York dentist. This collector, who for many years bought coins from Stack’s via both auction and retail sale, was most active during the early to mid-1980s. 
Author: Greg Cohen
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Very Rare Pick J116 Chi Tung Bank 10 Yuan Puppet Bank Note

Very Rare Pick J116 Chi Tung Bank 10 Yuan Puppet Bank Note

By Matt Quinn, Assistant Director of Currency

A highlight of our upcoming August 2014 Hong Kong sale is this Chi Tung Chinese Puppet banknote. It is a tremendous rarity and the first we have offered. The Chi Tung Bank 1937 issue is quite rare with all denominations considered. This 10 Yuan is the second highest denomination as notes of 50 Fen, One, Five, 10 & 100 Yuan were produced. It is of the medium format design with large "10" counter at left and multicolored guilloche at center. 
Author: Matt Quinn
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Name That Coin!

Name That Coin!

Here are the answers to last week’s Test Your Knowledge! Did you pass the test? Stephen B., Robert O., and Doug N did! Their gift certificates for a free consigned item are on their way! 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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What a Great Week that Was!

What a Great Week that Was!

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

I left New Hampshire on Friday, August 1, headed for Illinois to spend the weekend with friends. Then on Monday afternoon, August 4, I arrived at the Stephens Convention Center in Chicago to begin a weeklong immersion in the World’s Fair of Money, perhaps more familiarly known as the American Numismatic Association summer convention.
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The R.L. Miles Jr. Coin Collection, Part 1

The R.L. Miles Jr. Coin Collection, Part 1

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

In a tradition started in the mid 1950s by Louis E. Eliasberg, collectors started to lend their collections to various banking institutions for special displays.

It was readily accepted that by hosting these special displays, banks could attract more depositors and clients. In the case of R.L. Miles, Jr., (and shortly later with the John L. Roper Collection), two different banks in the Norfolk, Virginia area established special showrooms in their lobbies for displays. 
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