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Better Know Your Notes: William Windom and the $2 Silver Certificates of 1891

Better Know Your Notes: William Windom and the $2 Silver Certificates of 1891

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

The recent Stack's Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the 2015 ANA World's Fair of Money featured a spectacular PCGS Superb Gem New 67 PPQ Fr. 245 1891 $2 Silver Certificate. The note, bearing low serial number E73, is one of the highest graded examples and realized $16,450 in the auction. Our latest edition of "Better Know Your Notes" takes a former Secretary of the Treasury William Windom who is featured on this note. 

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Strong Results Seen in $1.55+ Million Stack’s Bowers ANA World’s Fair of Money Currency Auction

Strong Results Seen in $1.55+ Million Stack’s Bowers ANA World’s Fair of Money Currency Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Prices were strong in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money held August 14 and 17, as 339 lots of U.S. currency realized more than $1.55 million. The prices realized were a positive indication for the market as it emerges from its usual summer slump. Adding to the optimism was a number of higher valued lots in multiple categories that sold either comfortably within or above their pre-auction estimates.
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Nearly Perfect Fairbanks, AK 1902 $5 Featured in Stack’s Bowers ANA Currency Auction

Nearly Perfect Fairbanks, AK 1902 $5 Featured in Stack’s Bowers ANA Currency Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

The official Stack’s Bowers Galleries Currency Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money features an extraordinary Fr. 598 1902 $5 Plain Back from the First National Bank of Fairbanks, Alaska, Charter #7718, that has been graded Superb Gem New 68 PPQ by PCGS. This incredible note is the single finest graded Territorial National Banknote. 

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Rick Harrison’s Wild Retained Obstruction Error $1 FRN

Rick Harrison’s Wild Retained Obstruction Error $1 FRN

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

One lot in our Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money stands out not only for its wild appearance but also for the famous pedigree that accompanies it.

“At first look I thought this was a fake, it just seemed impossible.” That was Rick Harrison’s first impression of the incredible retained obstruction error $1 Federal Reserve Note offered as lot #40237 in next week’s auction. Harrison is the well-known owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the star of the History Channel’s hit reality series “Pawn Stars.” 
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Desirable Confederate T-2 1861 $500 Featured in the Stack’s Bowers ANA Auction

Desirable Confederate T-2 1861 $500 Featured in the Stack’s Bowers ANA Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money will feature a highly desirable Confederate T-2 1861 $500. Just four types of these rare early high denomination Confederate Treasury Notes were issued while the Confederate capital was located in Montgomery, Alabama. These four notes, known as the Montgomerys, include the first four types of the standard Confederate type set with denominations of $1000, $500, $100 and $50. 

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“King of Small Size Notes” Brings $70,500 in Stack’s Bowers July Baltimore Currency Auction

“King of Small Size Notes” Brings $70,500 in Stack’s Bowers July Baltimore Currency Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

A rare Fr. 1700 1933 $10 Silver Certificate graded Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ sold for a record price of $70,500 in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Summer Expo. The price practically doubled the previous auction record for the one-year design type. 

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An Incredible Array of Rare Banknotes From The Far East Featured in The August Hong Kong Auction

An Incredible Array of Rare Banknotes From The Far East Featured in The August Hong Kong Auction

By Matt Quinn, Assistant Director of Currency

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2015 Hong Kong Currency Auction will showcase an incredible array of rare banknotes from the Far East. The sale will lead with Chinese material starting with an impressive selection of Empirical issues with many examples of the popular “Ming Note,” as well as pieces from the Ch’ing Dynasty and Board of Revenue issues. Republic era notes are a focal point of the sale as well, with many rare issued notes from the 1910s being offered. Key Provincial Chinese banknote rarities are also included and the sale finishes out with impressive offerings of Hong Kong currency and notes of British Commonwealths.

Author: Matt Quinn
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Stack’s Bowers July Baltimore Currency Internet Session Monday; August Chicago ANA Online Now

Stack’s Bowers July Baltimore Currency Internet Session Monday; August Chicago ANA Online Now

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

The live Internet session of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries July Baltimore Currency Auction will begin Monday, July 20, 2015, at 10:00 AM PT. More than 600 lots of U.S. currency will be featured in the Internet session and include Colonial and Continental Currency, Obsolete notes, Confederate Currency, Large and Small Size Type, Fractional Currency and National Banknotes.

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