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A Deeply Toned AU-50 1795 Draped Bust Dollar

A Deeply Toned AU-50 1795 Draped Bust Dollar

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

deeply toned 1795 silver dollar,Offered in this week’s iAuction is a deeply toned 1795 silver dollar of the Centered Draped Bust variety. This is always a popular type coin, the second year of issue for the denomination, and the first year of the Draped Bust, Small Eagle type. In 1795 there were two Draped Bust varieties, one with the bust centered nicely and one where the bust is off center.

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Newly Discovered Magnificent and Rare Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal in Silver, Presented in 1890 to Buffalo Meat will Make its Auction Debut in the Stack’s Bowers 2015 New York Americana Sale

Newly Discovered Magnificent and Rare Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal in Silver, Presented in 1890 to Buffalo Meat will Make its Auction Debut in the Stack’s Bowers 2015 New York Americana Sale

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins based on the expert description by John Pack, Executive Director of Consignments

Undated (Circa 1890-1893) Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal. The Only Size. Silver. 76.7 mm, 3.75 to 4.05 mm thick. 3,463.7 grains. Obverse Signed C.E. BARBER F. Julian IP-48. Choice Very Fine. Lovely light silver gray with scattered minor scrapes and marks consistent with awarded Peace medals, but free of the more serious marks seen on many pieces. Rather well preserved overall, and very pleasing. 
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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present in the February Americana Showcase and Rarities Night Sale the Stephen Winthrop Collection of United States Type Coins and Classic Commemoratives?  Stephen Winthrop assembled his collection over the past four decades and hand selected each coin for his collection based on quality and eye appeal.  Mr. Winthrop was diagnosed with A.L.S.,  an incurable degenerative disease, and is donating 100% of the proceeds from his collection to the Stephen Winthrop A.L.S. Fund at Harvard University to help find a cure.   

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Very Rare 1995 500 Yuan Gold Unicorn

Very Rare 1995 500 Yuan Gold Unicorn

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

This week we again focus on a very rare modern Chinese gold commemorative issue, a 500 Yuan Gold Unicorn from 1995 that we are offering in our December Macau Showcase Auction. This coin boasts a low serial number (003 of 099) and a high grade (Proof-69 Deep Cameo, certified by PCGS). Its size (5 ounces of gold) is quite impressive. This piece is tied with fewer than a dozen at this grade for finest known honors. 

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September 1689 ½ Crown Gun Money

September 1689 ½ Crown Gun Money

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

In this month’s iAuction featuring world coins, scheduled to close on Sunday, November 2, we are offering a relatively high quality example of an Irish “Gun Money” ½ Crown. Struck in Ireland during the Williamite War by the forces of James II, the appellation is derived from one of the sources of the brass (and other base metals) used to strike the coins, the cannons that were captured in battle (other sources included church bells). 

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Treasure Hunting for an Indian Cent

Treasure Hunting for an Indian Cent

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In 1859 an estimated 1,000 or more specimens were made of a so-called transitional pattern (Pollock-272, Judd-228) utilizing the standard 1859 Indian Head cent obverse in combination with the oak wreath and shield reverse (as regularly adopted in 1860). Unlike most patterns, nearly all strikings were made in circulated strike format instead of Proof. Which raises the question: Is it a pattern or is it a regular issue? 

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Superb Gem Yuan Shih-kai Tall Hat Dollar

Superb Gem Yuan Shih-kai Tall Hat Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio world coin team is very excited for our inaugural December Macau Showcase Auction. It will be a very interesting sale, full of highly desirable and collectible material. Today we preview a lovely example of a vintage Chinese rarity, a Yuan Shih-kai Tall Hat Dollar. This coin bears the effigy of Yuan Shih-Kai, an influential leader from China’s early Republican period.
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“A Hallowe’en ‘buck’ from the Biggest Little Town in Ohio.”

“A Hallowe’en ‘buck’ from the Biggest Little Town in Ohio.”

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

Trick or Treat and Happy Hallowe’en to all our readers from Waldo C. Moore, president of the American Numismatic Association, 1919-1921, and from Lewisburg, the “Biggest Little Town in Ohio.” Moore (1874-1953) was born in West Baltimore, Ohio (now Verona) and attended the Dayton Normal School and the Miami Commercial College in Dayton. 
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