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What Do You Know?

What Do You Know?

Put your numismatic knowledge to the test and see what you know! Check out next week’s eNewsletter for the answer. Can’t wait until next week? Visit Stack’s Bowers on Facebook or Twitter now for the answer!

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The Value of a Pedigree, Part 2

The Value of a Pedigree, Part 2

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

How was it kept?

In Part 1 of this story about the value of pedigrees, I tried to explain how value could be added to a coin when the pedigree is retained by its owners through the years. One way that pedigrees were maintained from owner to owner was by the use of coin envelopes and other “low-tech” methods.

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Two Examples of a Manen Oban

Two Examples of a Manen Oban

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

With the recent wrap-up of the April Hong Kong Showcase Auction last week, we turn our attention to the next major world coin auction for Stack’s Bowers: the August ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. Our showcase items for this week are two fascinating pieces of Shogun-era Japanese currency. The Tokugawa Shogunate was a feudal Japanese military government which followed the Japanese “Warring States” period. For over 250 years the Tokugawa Shoguns ruled feudal Japan as autocrats with the Samurai as the elite warrior-caste. This era had a strict class hierarchy, and while the emperor acted as a religious and political leader, the Shogun held the military power and were ultimately more powerful than the emperor. 

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A Nice Letter from K.R. about "The Guide Book of United States Coins"

A Nice Letter from K.R. about "The Guide Book of United States Coins"

By Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Recently I received a nice letter from K.R., from which I quote below:

“Dear Mr. Bowers:

“I read your article in the March 15, 2014 Coin World about the 1859 J-228 cent and I totally agree with you.  This coin should be listed and priced in the Red Book  just like the 1856 Flying Eagle cent and the 1836 Gobrecht dollar, to mention just a few.

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Meet With Currency Specialist Brad Ciociola at 50th Annual GNA Convention

Meet With Currency Specialist Brad Ciociola at 50th Annual GNA Convention

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Stack's Bowers Galleries currency specialist Brad Ciociola will be attending the Georgia Numismatic Association's 50th Annual Convention April 11-13 at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center in Dalton. 
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Famous Silver (1800) Washington Skull and Crossbones Funeral Medal Highlights Our June 2014 Baltimore Auction Event

Famous Silver (1800) Washington Skull and Crossbones Funeral Medal Highlights Our June 2014 Baltimore Auction Event

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

The Father of Our Country, George Washington, passed into history on December 14, 1799. Few Americans, if any, held as sacred a place in the hearts of our forebears as Washington, and the nation mourned for months. Sentiments such as “He is in Glory, the World in Tears” and “First in War, First in Peace, First in the Hearts of His Countrymen” were familiar to every American who had passed through the birth of our nation with Washington at the lead.

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