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Better Know Your Notes: General Joseph King Mansfield on $500 Legal Tender Notes

Better Know Your Notes: General Joseph King Mansfield on $500 Legal Tender Notes

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

High denomination large size type notes are always popular with collectors and most are among the great all-time notes in our hobby. This week's edition of "Better Know Your Notes" looks at the $500 Legal Tender Notes of 1874 to 1880 and Union General Joseph King Mansfield whose portrait appears on those notes.

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What Do You Know?

What Do You Know?

Here are the answers to last week’s Test Your Knowledge! Did you pass the test? Check back next week for a new numismatic question. Congratulations Cooper Magnus Simpson for participating in the Test Your Knowledge Facebook Challenge!  Cooper won Q. David Bowers FREE autographed book, “Collecting Rare Coins for Pleasure and Profit.”

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Numismatics and Philanthropy, Part 4

Numismatics and Philanthropy, Part 4

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

In the earlier parts of this story, I have been discussing how the combination of numismatics and philanthropy satisfied the collecting desires and charitable nature of Ellis Robison. He assembled landmark collections that were notable for two reasons: first for the scope of each collection and auction, and second for how the funds were used to benefit institutions of higher learning.

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Arthur Cox Collection of Ferracute Machine Company Archival Material

Arthur Cox Collection of Ferracute Machine Company Archival Material

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

Once every few years, our numismatists come across a collection of equal parts historical and numismatic value. Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to offer one such collection in our April 2014 Hong Kong Showcase Auction — The Arthur Cox Collection of Ferracute Machine Company Archival Material. This monumental collection is brought to this auction by Arthur Cox, an art teacher and recreational historian of his hometown of Bridgeton, New Jersey. His passion for craftsmanship and his place of origin led to his fascination with the Ferracute Machine Company, one of the major companies in Bridgeton. The Ferracute Machine Company produced machinery that formed and shaped metal, which eventually led them to produce minting machinery.

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Harry Bass’ Extraordinary Gem Proof 1858 Half Eagle

Harry Bass’ Extraordinary Gem Proof 1858 Half Eagle

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. and World Coins; Based on the catalog description by James Matthews

It is an honor to have been chosen to present this absolutely marvelous, 1858 half eagle, graded Proof-66* Ultra Cameo (NGC)! This stunning rarity, one of only five examples thought to exist and two of those are impounded, one in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian and the other in the collection of the American Numismatic Society. This coin is an old friend, first offered by us in Stack’s March 1985 sale, lot 807, where it appeared as part of the Donald S. Hopkins Collection of U.S. Gold Coins, and sold for $50,600 to Harry W. Bass.  Bass retained this coin until his collection was sold by us (Bowers and Merena) in four parts in 1999 and 2000; this coin appeared in Part IV as lot 469. The last appearance of this coin was in a Heritage auction in 2006, where it sold for $195,500. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Succession and Other Changes Affect Coinage

Succession and Other Changes Affect Coinage

By Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Recently in the world news there have been many articles about changes in country borders. Perhaps most discussed is the desire of certain British people living in Scotland, to the north of England, who are seeking independence from Great Britain. Scotland was once on its own with separate coinage, as you may know if you have studied the series. However, in modern times it has been part of Great Britain, small in comparison to the population and industrial base of England to the south. In recent times the discovery of oil in the North Sea has brought great prosperity to Scotland and there has been a movement to separate and become independent. However, difficulties mentioned in the news include the problem of Scotland having its own monetary system and not using the British pound and also admission into the European Union.

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