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Excellent Gem Quality 1915-S Panama-Pacific Octagonal Gold $50 In Our Upcoming July 2015 Baltimore Rarities Night Auction

Excellent Gem Quality 1915-S Panama-Pacific Octagonal Gold $50 In Our Upcoming July 2015 Baltimore Rarities Night Auction

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

One of the most popular – and certainly one of the most beautiful of all American commemorative coinage design types, gold or otherwise – is the 1915-S Panama-Pacific gold $50. Our upcoming Rarities Night sale, to be held in conjunction with the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo this July, will feature a Gem Mint State-65 NGC-certified example of this popular and unique design type. 

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Richly Toned Condition Census Gem 1875-CC Twenty-Cents a Highlight of Our Upcoming March 2015 Baltimore Rarities Night Sale

Richly Toned Condition Census Gem 1875-CC Twenty-Cents a Highlight of Our Upcoming March 2015 Baltimore Rarities Night Sale

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

An amazing Gem Mint State 1875-CC twenty-cent piece, tied for finest certified by PCGS, will attract enthusiastic bidding activity in our upcoming Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo later this month. Offered as part of our Rarities Night session, the pale golden surfaces of this eye-catching Gem are alive with cartwheel luster and a rich array of crimson and royal blue iridescence. 
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Proof 1903 Jefferson Portrait Louisiana Purchase Gold Dollar Mounted in the Original Certificate and Frame

Proof 1903 Jefferson Portrait Louisiana Purchase Gold Dollar Mounted in the Original Certificate and Frame

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

One aspect of collecting classic commemorative coins includes the ephemera that sometimes accompany the coins. Many silver issues came in paper or cardboard “tab” holders that tattered away, but left their mark with vibrant toning. Other items, like original bags, copper frames, cases, etc. were saved, even after the coins were sold off, and have become collectibles in their own right. Lot 6118 in the Stack’s Bowers Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo has both a rare coin and a rare piece of numismatic ephemera -- a Proof 1903 Louisiana Purchase gold dollar housed in the original certificate and mounted in a frame.
Author: Greg Cohen
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A Condition Census Example of the Famed 1799 Large Cent

A Condition Census Example of the Famed 1799 Large Cent

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

Few series of coins have as devoted a following as early large cents. From the earliest days of American numismatics, this series has attracted serious students, who value not just the monetary value of the coin, but the also the historical context and the cast of characters that make up the provenances of their specimens. Issued from 1793 to 1857, large cents play a large role in the canon of American numismatic literature, with specialized references published as early as the 1860s.
Author: Greg Cohen
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Gem BU 1795 Half Dime Will Excite Bidders at the Official March 2015 Baltimore Auction

Gem BU 1795 Half Dime Will Excite Bidders at the Official March 2015 Baltimore Auction

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

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present as part of our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo, a lovely 1795 half dime, graded MS-65 by PCGS and housed in an old style green label holder and verified by CAC. This little beauty is richly toned in gold, blue, sea green and rose, and is highlighted by soft cartwheel luster. The strike is notably sharper on this example than usually seen, with bold definition of the hair strands and even some differentiation on the eagle’s breast. 
Author: Greg Cohen
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The Extremely Rare 1652 Noe-18 Oak Tree Sixpence from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection

The Extremely Rare 1652 Noe-18 Oak Tree Sixpence from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on the catalog description by John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant

Here we feature one of many highlights from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection, a well pedigreed, thoroughly published, and extremely rare 1652 Noe-18 Oak Tree sixpence. A photo of this coin has graced the plates of the 1914 ANS Exhibition; Wurtzbach’s Plates of Massachusetts Silver (1937); Noe’s reference on Oak Tree Coinage (1947); Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia (1988); and Q. David Bowers’ Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins published by Whitman in 2009. 
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Finest Known Ultra Cameo Gem Proof 1869 $10 Gold

Finest Known Ultra Cameo Gem Proof 1869 $10 Gold

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

This week Stack’s Bowers Galleries is privileged to highlight a 1869 Proof eagle from our Official Auction of the ANA’s National Money Show in Portland. A major rarity, as are all Proof gold coins of the era, only 25 examples were struck. Of the estimated dozen or so extant specimens, this NGC-graded Proof-67* Ultra Cameo is the absolute finest known. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Well Pedigreed, Extremely Rare, Gem Quality 1839-O Proof Half Dollar

Well Pedigreed, Extremely Rare, Gem Quality 1839-O Proof Half Dollar

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

One of the rarest coins in the Capped Bust half dollar series, the Proof 1839-O half dollar, will provide an important bidding opportunity for specialists in our official auction for the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show in Portland. For many years, the fame of the 1838-O half dollar (with a mintage of 20 pieces) overshadowed its rarer sibling, the 1839-O Proof (with an estimated five coins struck in Proof). 
Author: Greg Cohen
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