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Exceptional Archaic Athenian Tetradrachm

Exceptional Archaic Athenian Tetradrachm

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger & Numismatist

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries New York International Numismatic Convention Auction is now online, and here we preview lot 68, an Archaic Athenian Tetradrachm. This lovely coin is among the first coinage struck during the “Classical Age” of Athenian history, beginning just after Cleisthenes helped to establish the famous Athenian Democracy.
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Beautiful Italian 5 Lire of 1914

Beautiful Italian 5 Lire of 1914

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

This week, I focus my attention on a more modern crown, a beautifully designed type that closely resembles the silver coins of ancient Sicily. In the early part of the 20th century, the numismatist-King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele III reigned from 1900-1946. The coin designs initiated in 1908 and running through the end of the First World War, depict beautiful allegorical representations of the strength and wealth of Italy. 
Author: Greg Cohen
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The Unique & Well Pedigreed Santiago Chile Pillar Dollar With a Mozambique Countermark

The Unique & Well Pedigreed Santiago Chile Pillar Dollar With a Mozambique Countermark

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on lot description by Kyle Ponterio, Numismatist & Consignment Director, World Coins

This week we highlight a wonderful rarity, a coin that we have handled a few times over the years. Lot 407 in our upcoming official auction of the New York International Numismatic Convention is a Chilean 8 Reales of 1764, struck at the Santiago mint, a rare coin in its own right. This rare coin is made unique by the addition of a Mozambique countermark. We expect strong bidding participation from specialists in both Chilean and African coins. 

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Attractive Choice Mint State Straits Settlements 50 Cents

Attractive Choice Mint State Straits Settlements 50 Cents

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

Highlighting the online session of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio December Macau auction is lot 40377, a lovely golden toned 1905-B 50 Cents of the Straits Settlements, certified by PCGS as MS-64 in a Secure Holder. This near gem is the finest example graded PCGS, and shares the same grade as the finest graded example at NGC. Rich toning bathes both sides of this minimally abraded coin. Scarce in Mint State, this example displays a full strike. 
Author: Greg Cohen
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Very Rare Winged Deer Electrum Stater

Very Rare Winged Deer Electrum Stater

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

All of us here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries hope you had a nice holiday weekend! We are already looking forward to our next major auction event, our official auction at the New York International Numismatic Convention. It will be an exciting sale, so stay tuned for previews between now and the start of the auction on January 9th. Today’s preview comes to us from the ancient trade city of Cyzicus. Located in the Mysia region, which is found on the northwest coast of Anatolia, Cyzicus was ideally situated between the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus.
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Kwangtung “Reversed Pattern” 20 Cent Pieces

Kwangtung “Reversed Pattern” 20 Cent Pieces

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio inaugural December Macau Showcase Auction is just two weeks away! For our preview this week we offer two for one — two separate lots that represent two stages in the development of a highly collectible series of Chinese Provincial coinage. Authorization to establish the Kwangtung mint was granted in 1887, implemented by Viceroy Chang Chi-Tung. 
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Rare 5-ounce Gold God of Literature and Wealth, Bi Gan and the Five Routes Gods Commemorative Medal

Rare 5-ounce Gold God of Literature and Wealth, Bi Gan and the Five Routes Gods Commemorative Medal

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

This week I have the pleasure of presenting lot 32483 of the inaugural Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Macau auction, a modern Chinese rarity, one of only 300 pieces struck in the 5-ounce size in honor of Bi Gan, the Chinese god of Literature and Wealth. This piece is graded Proof-69 Ultra Cameo by NGC and is among the finest graded for the type. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Exceptional Quality Kweichow Auto Dollar

Exceptional Quality Kweichow Auto Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

This week Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio has another exceptional coin to share from our upcoming December Macau Showcase Auction. The auction catalog can be found online here. Offered as lot 32263 is an outstanding Kweichow Province “Auto Dollar” with an interesting story. During the tumultuous Warlords Era of China a group of generals and other military leaders ruled factions of militias. One such individual was Zhou Xicheng, who ruled Kweichow (Guizhou) Province from 1927 to 1929. 
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