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The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 1

The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 1

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

During the middle of the 20th century, due to the aging of collectors who had collected prior to the 1950s, a major group of outstanding collections became available at public auction or by private sale. Most of the collections included coins from collections that were formed in the late 19th century and up to the beginning of World War II.

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Surprise! Two-Cent Pieces in the Midwest in 1880

Surprise! Two-Cent Pieces in the Midwest in 1880

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Two-cent pieces were first made in 1864, at a time when small change was scarce in circulation. In the following year, 1865, the shortage had abated and the nickel three-cent piece was introduced. Mintage quantities for the two-cent piece fell sharply, with 1872 (as illustrated here) being the last year they were struck for circulation. 
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Books and their Value to Collectors, Part 3

Books and their Value to Collectors, Part 3

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Today books are more expensive and they do not sell as well as the lower priced ones did years ago. Today’s “coffee table” volumes contain great information and wonderful color pictures but often cost $20 to $50 each or more. Sometimes the cost of the book may exceed the amount a collector would pay for an actual coin or note, and beginners especially find the higher prices prohibitive.  
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Books and their Value to Collectors, Part 2

Books and their Value to Collectors, Part 2

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

I became a professional numismatist, trained not only by my father and uncle, but also by Stack’s staff of experts and the collectors I met at our shop or at occasional numismatic shows.  Traveling was not as easy in the post World War II era as it is now, so I mostly stayed in New York City, where Stack’s was already a well known coin shop.
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Books and their Value to Collectors, Part 1

Books and their Value to Collectors, Part 1

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

One question I hear quite often from beginning as well as advanced collectors is: "Why buy the book before the coin?".  The question often comes from Internet collectors, who seem to think of that as the only source of information. Well, the Internet is good, but at the same time it can’t offer everything.

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Revisiting the Coin Shop at 123 West 57th Street, New York City

Revisiting the Coin Shop at 123 West 57th Street, New York City

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

A current article in Bloomberg's Business extols expansion in New York City, with a story about the recently completed “ONE57” building on West 57th Street. As you probably know, 123 West 57th Street is the address of our Stack's Bowers coin store and has been since 1953, when the Stack family, looking toward a future of growth, relocated the shop to the art, cultural and elite shopping center of New York.

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 Stack’s Sells the Dr. Conway A. Bolt Collection in 1966, Part 5

Stack’s Sells the Dr. Conway A. Bolt Collection in 1966, Part 5

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Several weeks ago I began discussing Dr. Conway A. Bolt and his comprehensive collection that Stack's sold at public auction in 1966. Though the good doctor loved all American numismatics, he had a fondness for pioneer and territorial gold coins, paper money and pattern coins of the United States. 

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Stack’s Sells the Dr. Conway A. Bolt Collection in 1966, Part 4

Stack’s Sells the Dr. Conway A. Bolt Collection in 1966, Part 4

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

For Part 4 of my series on Dr. Conway A. Bolt, I will begin to focus on some different areas of his collection, including his exciting cabinet of pioneer and territorial gold coins of America and also his collection of early bank notes from before federal paper money was issued.

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