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Rare Fr.151 1869 $50 “Rainbow” Legal Tender Note to be Offered in Upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries Baltimore Auction

Rare Fr.151 1869 $50 “Rainbow” Legal Tender Note to be Offered in Upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries Baltimore Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

One of just 61 known Fr. 151 1869 $50 “Rainbow” Legal Tender Notes will be offered to bidders at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, Maryland October 29-November 1, 2014. The 1869 Series of Legal Tender Notes are referred to as the “Rainbow” series due to the colorful hues of both the inks and the security paper the notes were printed on. Denominations range from $1 to $1000. 

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Famous “Confederate” 1861-D Gold Dollar Rarity Highlights Our October 2014 PNG Auction Sale From the Milt Tretiak Collection

Famous “Confederate” 1861-D Gold Dollar Rarity Highlights Our October 2014 PNG Auction Sale From the Milt Tretiak Collection

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

The Civil War was in full swing in May of 1861 when the final gold dollars of the Dahlonega Mint were struck, but they were struck by the state of Georgia and the Confederacy, not by Uncle Sam. The mintage estimates vary widely for this rarity, with the Guide Book allowing for 1,250 pieces, and the Bowers reference on the series giving an estimate of 1,000 to 1,500 pieces
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“Be Smart…Save 99 More”

“Be Smart…Save 99 More”

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

This entry in The Exonumia Corner is among my favorites, as it combines three hobbies, coin collecting, stamp collecting, and postcard collecting. This brown sepia-toned postcard was copyrighted in 1906 by H.I. Robbins of Boston, Massachusetts. Its design is simple with lucky four-leaf clovers and horseshoes diagonally across the front with SAVE / 99 / MORE in large letters on three lines at the center. 
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Coin Quiz from Coin Collector #49, December 16, 1996: What Can The Date Be?

Coin Quiz from Coin Collector #49, December 16, 1996: What Can The Date Be?

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

There are many instances in American numismatics in which a coin can be viewed from the reverse (or dateless side) and because the reverse is so distinctive, the obverse date can be determined -- that is if you have a good knowledge of die varieties and types.

Here I will give clues concerning five (well, six with the bonus question) different United States coins that can be identified by their reverses. See how many you can get.

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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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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries was named the Official Auctioneer for the American Numismatic Association’s 2015 National Money Show? The convention will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, March 5-7, 2015.  We are accepting United States Coins and Currency consignments through January 5, 2015.  Contact a consignment specialist today at 800-458-4646 or email us at consign@stacksbowers.com for details!

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Name That Note!

Name That Note!

Here are the answers to last week’s Test Your Knowledge! Did you pass the test? Todd A. did and FREE copy of the Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles November Expo will be sent to him hot off the press! Remember you can participate on Facebook, Twitter or right on our blog at StacksBowers.com by leaving your answers in the comments section! Check back next week for a new numismatic question.

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Mexican Revolution Oaxaca Gold

Mexican Revolution Oaxaca Gold

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

As summer draws to a close, the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio world coin team is eagerly preparing for our next sale, the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo, October 29 through November 1. We are enthusiastic to share highlights with you, including the trio of coins we feature this week as “World Coin of the Week.” 
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