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By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

With a mintage of just over 5.2 million pieces, the 1833 Capped Bust half dollar is one of the more available issues of the series. This was the second year of to employ the new obverse master die that had been crafted by chief engraver William Kneass in 1832, showcasing Liberty in a slightly bolder relief with finer hair curls.

By Todd McKenna, Numismatist & Cataloger

The August ANA Convention is now numismatic history but the impressive results from Session B of the Stacks Bower’s Galleries world coin sale are still being felt. The bidders’ appreciation of quality was apparent throughout the sale and was very clearly seen when the Kiev Collection came to the podium within the extensive Russian segment of the session.

By Aris Maragoudakis, Currency Specialist

It may only be the end of August, but we have already began to put together an exceptional sale for what we anticipate will be our biggest World paper money auction in recent memory. Highlighting the auction so far is an exceptional collection of notes from The Imperial Bank of Persia belonging to Dr. Magid Alkimawi, a prominent collector of rare and exceptional banknotes.

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries received the “Best Auction Catalog of the Year Award, Coins and Currency” from the Numismatic Literary Guild for “The D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part III, February 2016.” The award were presented at the ANA Word’s Fair of Money in Anaheim and Executive Vice President Christine Karstedt and Co Founder Lawrence R. Stack were there to accept the award.

By Jennifer Meers

This week we head west to a place that I have heard of for years but never really paid much attention to: The Durham Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. Having been in the coin “biz” for over 25 years (despite being an avowed non-collector -- of coins or anything else), I have heard much over the years about the Byron Reed Collection and, peripherally, about the Durham Museum, where much of that avid collector’s cabinet resides. The museum’s website (durhammuseum.org) states:

By Melissa Karstedt, Auctioneer

Consign now to the Stack’s Bowers Galleries official auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Winter Expo.  The auction will take place in Baltimore, Maryland November 2-4, 2016, and will feature U.S. coins, paper money, tokens and medals.  The deadline for consigning is September 13, 2016. Call one of our consignment specialists today at 800-458-4646.  We will also be accepting consignments at the Long Beach Coin Expo, September 8-10, 2016.

By Andrew Bowers, Buyer & Store Manager

This past week was a typical summer week here in Manhattan, with a lot of people still taking vacations and traveling out of the city. We did keep busy with buying and selling nice numismatic as well as bullion items. We also took in several great consignments for our November Baltimore sale.

Here is the answer to last week's test your knowledge! Did you pass the test?  Stay tuned for a new trivia question next week.​