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The Value of a Pedigree, Part 4

The Value of a Pedigree, Part 4

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

Last time I mentioned the collection of the Adams family of Massachusetts. By the early l830s the members of the family had accumulated thousands upon thousands of documents, showing history and events from our early colonial days, through the War of Independence and the early days of the Industrial Revolution in the 1830s.

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"A California Gold Rush History"

"A California Gold Rush History"

By Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

If you are an old timer, so to speak, you may remember back in 2002 when we published the book, A California Gold Rush History. The edition was limited to 4,000 copies and in time sold out. Today each is a collectors’ item.

Creating this was one of the most stimulating projects I have ever done. Dwight Manley, in charge of the California Gold Marketing Group that was selling the S.S. Central America treasure, underwrote the book, giving me an unlimited budget for research and travel. I sent several helpers off to different libraries and museums and, along the way, gather illustrations and other information that had never been published in a single book before.

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Exceptional Syracuse Decadrachm

Exceptional Syracuse Decadrachm

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio world and ancient coin auction to be held this August in Chicago is a cornerstone event for the ANA World’s Fair of Money. To build anticipation Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio will highlight an interesting and high-value coin every week up until the auction starts in August. This week we feature an ancient coin with a pedigree that is near and dear to us -- the Lawrence R. Stack Collection of Ancient Greek Coins. Mr. Lawrence R. Stack, of the famous Stack family, is one of our Senior Numismatic Experts. In addition to its exceptional pedigree, the coin is of particularly high artistic quality. The city of Syracuse, on the island of Sicily situated off the coastal toe of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea, was the most important city in Magna Graecia. Syracuse was a major power in the ancient world, and during the fifth century B.C. rivaled Athens in size. 
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