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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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Stack’s Sells the Dr. Conway A. Bolt Collection in 1966, Part 3

Stack’s Sells the Dr. Conway A. Bolt Collection in 1966, Part 3

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

In the first two parts of this story about the Dr. Conway A. Bolt Collection, I described the type of collector he was and how influential he was in the numismatic world while he was collecting. 

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Stack’s Sells the Dr. Conway A. Bolt Collection in 1966, Part 2

Stack’s Sells the Dr. Conway A. Bolt Collection in 1966, Part 2

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

In part 1 of this story, I told of how Dr. Conway A. Bolt appreciated the value of a numismatic collection. As a doctor, he was aware that the daily chores associated with having a family and making a living had to be augmented by some sort of diversion or hobby to make the mind and body function better.  

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Stack’s Sells the Dr. Conway A. Bolt Collection in 1966, Part 1

Stack’s Sells the Dr. Conway A. Bolt Collection in 1966, Part 1

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

During the later half of the 20th century Stack's was awarded many major collections for sale at Public Auction. One of the major collections sold in 1966 was the great collection formed by Dr. Conway A. Bolt. Dr. Bolt was devoted to numismatics and pursued his collection of coins enthusiastically. He celebrated his 50th anniversary in the hobby shortly before his collection was offered at public auction. 

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The R.L Miles, Jr. Coin Collection, Part 5

The R.L Miles, Jr. Coin Collection, Part 5

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

In the early part of this story I told of the dedication and interest that R.L. Miles Jr. put into completing to the best of his ability his collection of United States gold , silver and copper coins. R.L. Miles, Jr. (known to his friends as "Skinny," a name he received while playing various sports in college) began collecting when he was a cashier in his family's Oyster business, and, using the Guide Book listings of his time, proceeded with the challenge to collect the varieties listed in that reference.

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