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Rare Mexican 1733 Coins with the MX Mintmark are an Important One-Year Variety

Rare Mexican 1733 Coins with the MX Mintmark are an Important One-Year Variety

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

This week, we feature two important coins from the David Gray Collection, silver coins from the Mexico City mint featuring the MX rather than Mo mintmark. This mintmark was only used on the milled silver coins of 1733, and the David Gray Collection features a 4 Reales (lot 459), and a very rare overdate 8 Reales (lot 481). Both of these important coins are needed for a full date and mintmark set of Mexican coins. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Superb Gem Mint State 1869/8 Silver Three Cent

Superb Gem Mint State 1869/8 Silver Three Cent

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on the catalog description by Jeff Ambio, Vice President of Numismatics and Auction Production

The tiny three-cent silver coins, struck from 1851 to 1873 are among the most curious of the regular issue U.S. federal type coins. The design by James Longacre is unusual in that it features a six-pointed star on the obverse, and a large, jeweled C with the Roman numeral III inside marking the denomination on the reverse. This series has some interesting die varieties, including this so-called 1869/8 overdate. Some researchers believe after reviewing many of the coins described as the 9/8, that this is not a true overdate, but really a repunched 9. Either way, this appealing MS-67 superb gem, certified by PCGS and housed in a first generation holder, is the only circulation strike example certified as an overdate variety, and is among the finest graded for the date.
Author: Melissa
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Choice 1879 Flowing Hair Stella PCGS Proof-63

Choice 1879 Flowing Hair Stella PCGS Proof-63

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

The $4 Stella, while technically considered a pattern issue, displays a unique design, tiny mintage, and interesting history, and has been included in regular issue gold type sets for generations. Over the years, the story has been told in countless auction catalogs of the origin of this odd denomination, its different composition, and its high demand from collectors. 
Author: Greg Cohen
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Tiberius Denarius “Tribute Penny”

Tiberius Denarius “Tribute Penny”

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers Official Auction of the Winter Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo is almost upon us. In just a few days our auction team and expert numismatists will set up for a few exciting days of bidding. For today’s preview we present a piece with abundant historical and religious significance. This silver Denarius of Tiberius, the second Roman Emperor, is widely known as the “Tribute Penny” by theologians, historians and numismatists.

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries makes it easy for you to share your favorite lots on your social media pages?  While you are viewing items on the lot detail screen, simply click the icon for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or your email and share with your friends!  

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Welcome to The U.S. Coin Sessions of the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Winter Expo

Welcome to The U.S. Coin Sessions of the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Winter Expo

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

On behalf of the entire Stack’s Bowers Galleries team I welcome you to Baltimore, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, and our official auction event. The first catalog featuring U.S. coins and exonumia, and highlighting the George Gund III and The Strong collections. Our Rarities Night Auction, also featuring items from The Strong Collection, will be held on Thursday evening and will be presented in a separate catalog.

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“Does anyone have change for a celeston?”

“Does anyone have change for a celeston?”

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

The Nation of Celestial Space, also known as Celestia, was founded in 1948 by James Thomas Mangan (1896-1970) of Evergreen Park, Illinois, and was registered in Cook County with the Register of Deeds and Titles on January 1, 1949. Calling himself “Founder and First Representative,” Mangan listed a mere 19 members on that date, including his daughter, Ruth, but within a decade the membership reportedly soared to more than 19,000 members with some claiming 100,000+ members in the later years. 

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Name That Coin!

Name That Coin!

Here are the answers to last week’s Test Your Knowledge! Did you pass the test? Bill G. did he will be receiving a FREE Stack’s Bowers coin storage box! Remember you can participate on Facebook, Twitter or right on our blog at StacksBowers.com by leaving your answers in the comments section! Thank you to all who participated, we had a record amount of responses this week.  Check back next week for a new numismatic question.

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