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Gold Hsu Shih Chang Dollar

Gold Hsu Shih Chang Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

For our next August Hong Kong preview we have a very rare gold commemorative coin from China’s Republic Era. This coin was struck in the tenth year of the Republic of China (1921). It commemorates the fifth president of the Republic of China, Hsu Shih Chang, who held the longest presidency during the chaotic warlord era. 
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The Clapp-Eliasberg-El Dorado 1906-S Double Eagle, Absolute Finest Graded Example of the Date, MS-66 PCGS/CAC

The Clapp-Eliasberg-El Dorado 1906-S Double Eagle, Absolute Finest Graded Example of the Date, MS-66 PCGS/CAC

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

Talk about a condition rarity! The 1906-S double eagle is a relatively common date coin in lower Mint State, but it is very scarce in Gem. In our June sale with the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present the only PCGS example certified higher than MS-65 for the date. Graded long ago (and with a green PCGS sticker) Its last auction appearance was in our (Bowers and Ruddy’s) October 1982 sale of the U.S. Gold Coin Collection (Louis E. Eliasberg Collection), where it was described as: 
Author: Greg Cohen
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PNG President’s Message and PNG Report, November/December 1989, Part 1

PNG President’s Message and PNG Report, November/December 1989, Part 1

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

In 1989 I was the president of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG). I was recently looking at the November/December 1989 copy of the PNG Report (newsletter of the group) and found this interesting article I wrote for my President’s Message.

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PMG Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ Bank of Canada 1935 $25 Commemorative Note to be Offered

PMG Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ Bank of Canada 1935 $25 Commemorative Note to be Offered

By Matt Quinn, Assistant Director of Currency

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present a Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ Bank of Canada 1935 $25 commemorative note in our official World’s Fair of Money auction, this August in Chicago. It features one of the most truly iconic designs used on Canadian paper money. The series as a whole was short lived and quickly replaced with the 1937 notes featuring mostly portraits of King George VI. The denomination is special, as it has seldom been utilized by any country; most notably the Cayman Islands law of 1971 and 1974 issues come to mind.

Author: Matt Quinn
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Extremely Rare Mexico Hookneck 8 Escudos

Extremely Rare Mexico Hookneck 8 Escudos

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money is rapidly attracting prestigious gold coinage from around the world! This week we highlight a very rare Mexican Hookneck 8 Escudos. The Hookneck series of Mexico has a long and highly interesting history, best told by Clyde Hubbard and David O’Harrow in

Hookneck published in 1997. 
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What is a Specimen Coin?

What is a Specimen Coin?

Do you have a question about anything numismatic? Want to know what’s going on here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries? If so, send your inquiries toAnswersfortheAvidCollector@StacksBowers.com and get a response to your important questions from our team of experts! 
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A First-Release 1943 Steel Cent

A First-Release 1943 Steel Cent

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

A recent trip to one of my favorite internet auction services produced a 1943 steel cent in Mint State. Though it is not a rare item by any stretch of the imagination, the coin I now own is housed in a faintly tattered manila paper envelope which reads: 
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