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Snow Versus the Collector, Part 3

Snow Versus the Collector, Part 3

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

As I write this story of the J.W. Schmandt Collection it is February 2015 and the continuous snow the Northeast has received over three weekends in a row inspired me to write about this famous collection, sold by Stack's in February 1957, during one of the worst winters in New York since the blizzard of 1888.

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Snow Versus the Collector, Part 2

Snow Versus the Collector, Part 2

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

As I reported in my last story, the sale of the J.W. Schmandt Collection of United States Gold Silver and Copper Coins went forward on February 1 and 2, 1957, despite the record snowfall and the delays in transportation. According to the weather bureau this February storm was among the worst New York had experienced since they started to keep records in 1888.

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Snow Versus the Collector, Part One

Snow Versus the Collector, Part One

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

So what does snow have to do with an auction sale? Looking out of my window for the past few weeks and seeing nothing but white covering my lawn and the streets, I could not help but remember a Stack's sale that defied snow.

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Bids Farwell to Historic Steinway Hall

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Bids Farwell to Historic Steinway Hall

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

 When Stack's decided to move after its long stay on New York’s 46th Street, we selected a location on  57th Street, a few feet away from the legendary Steinway Hall - showrooms of the most important piano maker in America. Now after being a neighbor on the street for over six decades (1953 to 2015), the fabulous showroom and offices of Steinway Pianos (at this location for 90 years) are moving to another location in New York. 

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The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part  10

The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 10

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Reed Hawn, Connoisseur and Advocate

Reed Hawn, a Texas oilman and Arabian horse breeder, became known to the collecting world during the last quarter of the 20th century.  He started collecting coins from change when he was nine years old, placing them in a coin album.  He learned about rarity and quality from handling coins and reading all he could about them.

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The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part  9

The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 9

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Collecting United States gold coins became very popular in the 1980s and early 1990s. Reed Hawn felt this would be something new to try and as with his other collections he chased rarity and quality.

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The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part  8

The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 8

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

The name of Reed Hawn has become legendary. Collectors were amazed that during his life he was able to amass a fine collection, sell it, and then start all over again with the goal of outdoing what he had accomplished before. In this part of the story I will continue reviewing the collection he built in the 20 years after he sold his primary collection through Stack’s in 1973. 

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The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part  7

The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 7

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

As we review the contents of the Reed Hawn Collection which Stack's sold in 1993, it becomes obvious that he concentrated on United States silver coins, although he did assemble a fine cabinet of gold coins. Reed continued to search for different issues in high quality and he enthusiastically acquired those he had not included in his earlier collection embracing different challenges. It was exciting for him to "fill the holes." 
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