Why Consign With Us
The Leader in Achieving the Highest Prices at Auction
- We hold the world record for the most expensive coin ever sold at auction.
- We hold the world record for the most expensive piece of U.S. currency ever sold.
- We have sold every major date, mintmark and type of U.S. coin, as well as six of the seven most valuable collections to ever cross the auction block.
Our Team of Trusted Experts
Our distinguished staff of professionals is considered the finest of any numismatic auction house in the world. With a combined 1,250 years of experience among them, our team of incredible catalogers and researchers specialize in all areas of U.S., world and ancient coins, metals, tokens and paper money. Many of our experts are also award-wining authors of renowned numismatic reference books, and are well versed in how to showcase your consignment to its finest advantage.
Q. David Bowers, the most renowned numismatist of our time, personally oversees our auction program, in addition to our team of the finest catalogers in the industry — all of whom have been individually selected for their expertise in the types of materials included in every collection cataloged.
Unparalleled Expertise in All Areas of Numismatics
Since 1933, Stack’s Bowers Galleries and its predecessor firms have handled virtually every major collection of classic United States coinage to cross the auction block, including The Norweb Collection, The Eliasberg Collection, The Garrett Collection, The Whitney Collection and The Jimmy Hayes Collection, among countless others. Our team of highly skilled experts provides both new and experienced collectors with guidance in their purchases, support investors with the formation of portfolios in a variety of ways, and work tirelessly to ensure that you as the consignor benefit from the personable and professional services we offer.
Trusted by the Most Astute and
For over three quarters of a century, the most sophisticated and demanding consignors have put their trust in Stack’s Bowers Galleries. Hundreds of financial institutions, banks and trust companies; museums, colleges and historical societies; and experienced trustees and boards of directors have chosen us to showcase and sell their coins, medals, tokens and paper money.
Each year, Stack’s Bowers Galleries invests millions of dollars to market and advertise our auctions. In addition to the frequently covered stories by international media outlets and targeted numismatic media, we work to ensure your collection achieves maximum auction awareness by creating strategic advertising and marketing campaigns that include full-page ads in the top industry publications, e-newsletters, brochures and award-winning catalog descriptions.
Our fully integrated website allows an unlimited number of bidders from around the globe to conveniently bid on your coins and currency. Furthermore, our site provides a series of enhancements and new features, including new auction and direct purchase inventory added daily; auction archives; intuitive and user-friendly search and filtering tools; a redesigned lot listing page; the latest numismatic content and research; a redesigned My Account page; and virtual library
Coast-to-Coast Lot Viewing
Your consignment will be featured during lot viewing of all items consigned to our Showcase Auctions at our Southern California corporate office, New York office, and at all auction venues.
World Record Prices
When it’s time to sell, your consignment will be in great company, as the most discerning consignors continue to choose Stack’s Bowers Galleries time and time again as the best choice to auction their coins, medals, tokens and paper money. Led by the most reputable professionals in numismatics, our legendary team of award-winning numismatists and researchers continues to shape and lead the industry through the writing and publishing of highly acclaimed books, articles and auction catalogs featuring the most prominent collections and rarities. Our leading expertise, combined with our unmatched auction presentation, widespread marketing and global access result in the highest prices for your consignments.
1787 Brasher Doubloon, EB on Wing
Sold by Stack's Bowers Galleries for $725,000
1913 Liberty Head Nickel
Sold by Stack's Bowers Galleries for $1.48 Million
1804 Class I Silver Dollar,
Sold by Stack's Bowers Galleries for $4.14 Million
1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle
Sold by Stack's Bowers Galleries for $7.59 Million
(In Partnership with Sotheby's)
1896 Silver Certificates Bound Presentation Set of the First Educational Uncut Sheets,
$1, $2, and $5. Ex. Bass
Sold by Stack's Bowers Galleries for $1.26 Million
1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar
Sold by Stack's Bowers Galleries for $10.01 Million
Simply Stated, Our Accomplishments Have No Equal
For consignments large and small, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the only choice for your rare numismatic auction needs.
The same team that has achieved world-record results for decades is standing by to manage your consignments.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries
The Choice of Museums, Universities, Banks and Financial Institutions
Over the years, Stack’s Bowers Galleries has provided services to a wide range of museums, colleges and universities, historical and learned societies, financial institutions, banks and trust companies.
Museums, Universities, Colleges,
Historical and Learned Societies
• Addison Gallery of Art, MA
• American Numismatic Association, CO
• American Numismatic Society, NY
• Autrey Museum of Western Heritage, CA
• Bennington Museum, VT
• Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, NY
• Boston Athenaeum, MA
• Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA
• Boys Town, NE
• British Museum, UK
• Brooklyn Museum, NY
• Brown University, RI
• Bucknell University, PA
• Catholic Near East Relief, NY
• Charlotte Mint Museum, NC
• Cincinnati Museum Association, OH
• Clinton Historical Society, CT
• Cornell University, NY
• Connecticut Historical Society, CT
• Connecticut State Library, CT
• Dayton History, OH
• Detroit Historical Society, MI
• Duke University, NC
• Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, FL
• Essex Institute, MA
• Evansville Museum of Art & Science, IN
• Franklin Institute, PA
• Glencairn Museum, PA
• Harvard University, MA
• Historic Northampton Museum, MA
• Illinois Wesleyan, IL
• J. Paul Getty Museum, CA
• James Madison University, MD
• Lighthouse International, NY
• Maine State Museum, ME
• Manhattan College, NY
• Maryland Historical Society, MD
• Massachusetts Historical Society, MA
• Mint Museum, NC
• Morgan Library, NY
• Museum of Connecticut History, CT
• Museum of National Heritage, MA
• New Canaan Historical Society, NY
• New York Public Library, NY
• New York University, NY
• Newark Museum, NJ
• North Carolina Museum of Art, NC
• Oglethrope University, GA
• Princeton University, NJ
• Rensselaer Polytechnic, NY
• Russell Sage College, NY
• San Antonio Museum, TX
• Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, PA
• Smithsonian Institution, DC
• Springfield Science Museum, MA
• Strong Museum, NY
• St. Thomas Seminary, CT
• Stetson University, FL
• Syracuse University, NY
• The Cape Cod Museum, MA
• The Johns Hopkins University, MD
• The Society of the Cincinnati, DC
• The Toledo Museum of Art, OH
• United States Historical Society, VA
• University of Norte Dame, IN
• University of Pennsylvania, PA
• University of Rochester, NY
• University of Washington, WA
• Vermont Historical Society, VT
• Wellesley College, MA
• Western Reserve Historical Society, OH
• Westminster Presbyterian Church, NY
• Yale University, CT
Financial Institutions, Banks
and Trust Companies
• Affiliated Bank, WI
• Allentown National Bank, CT
• Bank of Coral Gables, FL
• Bank of Hawaii, HI
• Carson City Savings Bank, NV
• Central Trust Bank, MD
• Citibank, NY
• Citizens & Southern Trust Company, FL
• Commerce Bank, MO
• Connecticut Bank & Trust, CT
• Connecticut National Bank, CT
• D.C. National Bank, DC
• Dry Dock Savings, NY
• European American Bank, NY
• Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, NY
• Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, TX
• First American Bank, MN
• First City National Bank, TX
• First National Bank, PA
• First National Bank of Denver, CO
• First Safety Fund N.A. Bank, MA
• Glenmeade Trust Company, PA
• Harris Bank, IL
• Horizon Bank, NJ
• Lafayette Bank & Trust Company, CT
• Manufacturers Hanover Trust, NY
• Master Trust, CT
• Merrill Lynch, NY
• Mid-State Bank, PA
• Morgan Guaranty Company, NY
• MTB Bank, NY
• NCNB National Bank, FL
• OVRD Bank, N.A., MI
• Paducah Bank, KY
• Rawlins National Bank, WY
• Safra Bank, CA
• St. Louis Union Trust, MO
• Security Bank, KS
• Third National Bank, TN
• Trust Co. of America, CO
• Twin City State Bank, KS
• United Bank & Trust, CT
• United Counties Trust Company, NJ
• U.S. Trust Company, FL
• U.S. Trust Company, NY
Distinguished Staff of Experts
Our team of experts is the best of any numismatic auction house in the world. Led by numismatic legends Harvey G. Stack and Q. David Bowers, our team of rare coin and currency specialists includes many well-known, award-winning U.S. and World numismatic scholars. With over 1,250 years of combined experience among them, our team of accomplished professionals will ensure your coins and currency are showcased to their finest advantage.
President and CEO, Spectrum Group International
Q. David Bowers
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Director of Asian Operations
Harvey G. Stack
Senior Numismatic Consultant
LaWRENCE R. Stack
Senior Numismatic Consultant
Vice President of Numismatics
Vice President of Numismatics and Auction Production
Executive Director of Consignments
John M. Pack
Executive Director of Consignments
Senior Numismatic and Consignment Director, U.S and World
James M. Matthews
Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. Coins
Numismatist, Auction Services Associate
Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director, World and Ancient Coins
Assistant Director of Currency
Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. and World Coins
Numismatist and Consignment Director, World and Ancient Coins
Frank Van Valen
Numismatist, Numismatic Sales
Head Numismatic Trader — West Coast
Peter A. Treglia
Director of Currency
Vice President, Director of Distinguished Client Services
Andrew Pollack III
Numismatist, Variety and Error Specialist
Numismatic Sales Manager
Our Auction Venues
Official Auctioneer of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo
Baltimore, Maryland | Winter, Spring, Summer
U.S., World and Ancient Coins and U.S. and World Paper Money
Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to partner with the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo as Official Auctioneer of all three of their coin and currency expos, held in November, March and June.
Our firm’s undeniable history with the city of Baltimore goes back nearly 20 years, when we held our first sale in “the best numismatic city.” After nearly 65 individual sales totaling over $426 million, Baltimore has become one of our favorite places to hold our live Showcase Auction presentations.
Photo of Convention Center courtesy of the Baltimore Convention Center.
Official Auction of The New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC)
New York, New York | Winter
World and Ancient Coins, World Paper Money
The NYINC is one of the most prestigious events dedicated to the needs of world and ancient collectors. Every year, leading specialists in world and ancient coins and paper money travel from all across the globe to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City to trade on the bourse floor and participate in auction presentations.
Photo of Waldorf Astoria New York ©1988 by James G. Howes.
Hong Kong Auctions
Hong Kong | Spring, Summer
Every April and August, the Asian numismatic community eagerly awaits our Stack’s Bowers Galleries Hong Kong auctions. Strategically planned to coincide with the Hong Kong International Coin Convention, which draws leading specialists and collectors of Asian numismatics from around the globe, our Hong Kong auctions incorporate individual catalogs targeting Asian numismatics and ancient coins, paper money and modern coins. Held at the award-winning Mira Hotel in Kowloon, just blocks from the Convention, our four-day event offers dual auctioneers, one speaking English and the other speaking Chinese, to encourage bidding against one another, resulting in the highest prices realized.
Since December 2010, Stack’s Bowers Galleries has held auctions of Asian numismatic rarities in Hong Kong. As the only U.S.-based auctioneer to do so, we have achieved over $50 million!
New York Americana Auction
New York, New York | Winter
U.S. Coins, Medals and Tokens
Our annual New York Americana Sale features coins, tokens and medals from all eras of American history, ranging from the earliest issues, to modern U.S. Mint commemoratives. In the past, our Americana Sales have include some of the greatest rarities in numismatics, including the world-record sale of The Cardinal Collection, where the most prominent rarity, a 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar realized over $10 million — far and away a world record for any coin sold at auction.
Held at our own New York auction gallery at 110 West 57th Street, our Americana Sale has also been the host-venue for some of the most significant properties to ever cross the auction block, including The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Garrett Collection (for The John Hopkins University), The Childs Collection, and The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, among many others.
ANA World’s Fair of Money and ANA/PNG Pre-Show
Chicago, Illinois | Summer
U.S., World and Ancient Coins and Paper Money
Our history with the largest and most important numismatic show of the year is legendary, beginning in 2010, when the Board of Governors of the American Numismatic Association awarded Stack's Bowers Galleries the exclusive rights for three consecutive ANA World's Fair of Money conventions. As a result, we sold over $130 million as Official Auctioneer of the 2010-2013 ANA World's Fair of Money events, while setting numerous sales records along the way.
Generous Auction Advances
Stack's Bowers Galleries offers generous cash advances to all qualified consignors. As a qualified consignor, you will have the option to receive the majority of your estimated auction proceeds before your coins or currency are sold at auction. Advances from $5,000 to $5,000,000 can be arranged within 24-48 hours of consignment at favorable interest rates.
Consign to a Stack’s Bowers Galleries iAuction and sell your coins and currency fast!
With U.S. coin auctions every week, as well as paper money and world and ancient coins once a month, you have numerous opportunities for consigning. Consign to an iAuction and benefit from our expert presentation, superior list of worldwide buyers, and the fast turnaround of a weekly auction that gets you from consignment to settlement quickly.
Qualifying consignors can take advantage of our new InstantCash program and receive up to 60 percent of consignment proceeds the day following the completion of the auction, with the potential to be paid in full just seven short days later.
From delivery of the consignment to full settlement, in as little as 14 days!
To consign to an upcoming iAuction, or to find out more about InstantCash, call us today.
Whatever the size of your holdings, whether it be a single piece or a lifetime collection, the same team that has achieved world-record results is standing by to answer all of your questions and guide you through the entire selling process. Simply put, we have the financial resources, finest professionals and unwavering commitment to pay the highest prices possible for your rare coins, currency or bullion in any given market. Contact us today for an appraisal, or to have one of our representatives travel to your home or bank to appraise your items*.
800.458.4646 West Coast Office
800.566.2580 East Coast Office