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.