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Summertime in Numismatics

Summertime in Numismatics

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

“Summertime and the Living is Easy,” as the song from Porgy and Bess goes. Welcome to my latest blog set in the twilight of the month of July. While summer is vacation time for many, numismatics knows no season, although it does slow down. While no figures are available, I might guess that 10% to 15% of our clients are off to National Parks, visiting tourist sites and cities, cruising, or somewhere other than their homes and offices. Today, keeping in touch by email is the reality, including bidding live at auctions, so no one needs to miss much.

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The Demise of the Printed World in Numismatics, Part Three

The Demise of the Printed World in Numismatics, Part Three

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

A few weeks ago I started writing about some comments made by David Harper of Numismatic News at the Texas Numismatic Association Show in early June regarding the demise of the printed word in numismatics. I took a break to talk about the new $10 bill, as that was current in the news. I now return to give a few of my thoughts about the future of printed information in our hobby.

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 An Opinion on the New Ten-Dollar Bills, Part 2

An Opinion on the New Ten-Dollar Bills, Part 2

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

As I noted in last week’s article, changes on United States money can result in mixed reactions among the public and the numismatic community. Most recently, there has been much discussion and press regarding the upcoming change in the ten-dollar bill and the plan to replace the portrait of Alexander Hamilton with that of an important woman from American history. 
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An Opinion on the New Ten-Dollar Bills, Part I

An Opinion on the New Ten-Dollar Bills, Part I

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

I have been hearing quite a bit about the new ten-dollar bill and the proposed design change for it. I recently wrote a letter to a friend regarding this subject, and am using some of my opinions and comments from that letter in this column.

It seems to me that when a change is proposed for our coinage or paper money there are often rumors and conflicting reactions within the numismatic community and the general public. 
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The Demise of the Printed Word in Numismatics

The Demise of the Printed Word in Numismatics

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

In Part 1 of this story, I discussed the various printed information sources that influenced my nearly 70 years as a professional numismatist. As the hobby grew in the years from about 1980 to the present, the quantity of printed numismatic material grew. As more people became interested in coin collecting several new publications became available such as Coins Magazine, the Coin Dealer Newsletter, and many more. 

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The Demise of the Printed Word in Numismatics, Part One

The Demise of the Printed Word in Numismatics, Part One

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

David Harper, editor of Numismatic News, was the guest speaker at the Texas Numismatic Association Show in early June. He spoke on many subjects, and one in particular was food for thought for me. He discussed changes he foresaw that might lead to the demise of the printed word in numismatics. This caused me to sit down and reminisce about my close to 70 years as a professional numismatist and how the hobby’s sources of information have changed during the last decades. 

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The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part I Reviewed in New York Times‬

The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part I Reviewed in New York Times‬

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part I was sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in conjunction with Sotheby’s at the latter company’s auction gallery in New York City on May 19, 2015. The sale attracted extensive coverage in the New York Times in a piece in the Business Section May 30, 2015. This was just one of many articles published to date about the Pogue Collection and our series of seven auction events offering the coins between now and 2017.

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What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Twelve

What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Twelve

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

In the earlier parts of this subject, I dealt with what I as a teenager during the 1930s and 1940s could collect. I talked about the Depression years, and how we learned to collect things that cost very little or no money. Even with coins, many collectors contented themselves with collecting what they could find in circulation.

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