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September 1689 ½ Crown Gun Money

September 1689 ½ Crown Gun Money

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

In this month’s iAuction featuring world coins, scheduled to close on Sunday, November 2, we are offering a relatively high quality example of an Irish “Gun Money” ½ Crown. Struck in Ireland during the Williamite War by the forces of James II, the appellation is derived from one of the sources of the brass (and other base metals) used to strike the coins, the cannons that were captured in battle (other sources included church bells). 

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Choice 1879 Flowing Hair Stella PCGS Proof-63

Choice 1879 Flowing Hair Stella PCGS Proof-63

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

The $4 Stella, while technically considered a pattern issue, displays a unique design, tiny mintage, and interesting history, and has been included in regular issue gold type sets for generations. Over the years, the story has been told in countless auction catalogs of the origin of this odd denomination, its different composition, and its high demand from collectors. 
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Choice AU 1883-CC Liberty Head $10

Choice AU 1883-CC Liberty Head $10

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

Each week, we present a special coin from our current iAuctions selection. Stack’s Bowers is proud to be able to offer such a wide range of American numismatic material in each sale. This week we highlight an NGC-certified 1883-CC Liberty Head eagle, graded AU-55. This rich orange gold toned coin features a good strike, and only mild abrasions from a short stay in circulation. The 1883-CC is a scarce issue in any grade, as only 12,000 pieces were struck, and many entered circulation and stayed there; a lucky few were withdrawn and saved by astute numismatists, and others, by sheer chance. 

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1849-C Half Eagle, AU-55 (NGC)

1849-C Half Eagle, AU-55 (NGC)

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

One of the highlights of iAuction 3502 is lot 22305, a choice AU Charlotte Mint half eagle dated 1849. Most people are aware of the famous California Gold Rush of 1848/9 (indeed there is a professional football team named for it). Unknown to most people is the fact that the first gold rush in the United States was in the 1830s in Georgia and North Carolina. 
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A Gem 1820 Dime

A Gem 1820 Dime

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

Highlighting this week’s iAuction is a lovely Gem 1820 dime in MS-65 (NGC).The JR-11 variety is considered by experts to be a somewhat scarce die marriage, garnering the Rarity-3 rating. There are three Red Book varieties for the date. The Small 0 variety (as here) is represented by JR varieties 2-7 and 10-12. 
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Carlos & Johanna Early Series 4 Reales; “First Half Dollar of the New World”

Carlos & Johanna Early Series 4 Reales; “First Half Dollar of the New World”

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The weekly iAuctions here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries are a great source for collectible coins within a reasonable budget! Every month (closing on the first Sunday of the month) these iAuctions will contain world and/or ancient coins, with the inclusion of some very notable highlights such as this piece — the “First Half Dollar of the New World.”

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Rare 1838 Eagle Graded AU-58 by PCGS Highlights our Weekly iAuction!

Rare 1838 Eagle Graded AU-58 by PCGS Highlights our Weekly iAuction!

By John Pack, Executive Director of Consignments

The 1838 eagle is where it all began for the basic design type that would continue until Augustus Saint-Gaudens was called upon to redesign the coinage in 1907. While minor modifications were made along the way, this was the first use of Christian Gobrecht’s new design that was used on quarter eagles, half eagles, eagles and double eagles into the 20th century. 
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Gem Uncirculated 1809 Half Cent Among Many Highlights in Our Upcoming iAuction Event

Gem Uncirculated 1809 Half Cent Among Many Highlights in Our Upcoming iAuction Event

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

Believe it or not, there was a time in America when a half cent could actually make a purchase. At a time when Spanish-American silver coins were the backbone of circulating currency in America, a “bit” or one eighth of a Spanish Milled dollar was worth 12 ½ cents. 
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