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By Ben Orooji, Numismatist & Cataloger

One impressive highlight among the many rarities in our August 2016 Official ANA World's Fair of Money auction is a legendary rarity – the Proof 1839 No Drapery half dollar (Lot 3123). Popular with collectors as a one-year type coin, this issue is also the first year of the iconic Liberty Seated half dollar.  

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries August ANA World’s Fair of Money catalogs have now mailed and the entire sale can be viewed here. For this week’s preview we have a large, fascinating piece of Shogun era Japanese currency. The Tokugawa Shogunate was a feudal Japanese military government which followed the Japanese “Warring States” period.

By Jennifer Meers

So, this week’s stop may seem like a bit of a backtrack, as we travel north from Williamsburg, but in this case the virtual road trip was real, as I spent last weekend in a very hot and muggy Washington, DC, visiting my husband, Scott, who is working for a couple of weeks in the nation’s capital. He was a good sport when I told him we needed to make a stop at the National Museum of American History to check out the new coin exhibit.

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

A Memorable Sale

Welcome to our latest auction for the summer convention of the American Numismatic Association — titled the World's Fair of Money, as designated long ago by Ed Rochette, then executive director. Having official auctions for the ANA is a long-standing tradition. The very first one was held by us (Stack's) in 1939! We issued a token at that time welcoming visitors to New York City and the World's Fair being held there.

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger

For decades now I have been quietly collecting the model coinage of Great Britain. I have scores of pieces in my collection including over two dozen Mint State varieties of Joseph Moore’s bi-metallic Model Halfpenny and Penny pieces. I also have the Jubilee Model coinage of Victoria in multiple varieties and in the highest grades I’ve been able to locate in all my many years of pursuit of the series.

By Peter A. Treglia, Currency Director

​It's hard to believe it has already been a year since our last ANA World's Fair of Money sale! With over 650 notes offered, this year's sale is considerably larger than our 2015 auction, and will feature some incredible pieces spread over all genres of American bank notes.

By Kyle Ponterio, Numismatist & Consignment Director

This week’s preview coin for our upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase auction is an impressive piece, the finer of two known Cambodian 4 Tical pieces.  It is historically important to its country of origin depicting a stylized Hamsa bird and the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat. It is also important to the entire numismatic community as the first issue to be produced in Asia with European machinery and as a multiple crown with multiple dates.

By Andrew Bowers, Store Manager & Buyer

​This week at our Manhattan gallery it was easy to tell that it was summer, with temperatures each day in the high 80's or more. Not only was it hot outside, it was also hot inside as our buyers had a great week on the counter acquiring some really wonderful items.