Rare Money Blog

By Christopher Dahncke, Currency Auction Associate

​Our upcoming October Hong Kong Sale will present an exciting array of currency items, including many rare notes. One lot that will definitely excite collectors is this front and back pairing of Prince Chun 10 Dollar  Proofs. The front proof is in a grade of Gem Unc 66 EPQ, while the back proof is in a Choice Unc 64 grade. PMG's population report lists these examples as the only ones encapsulated by their service for front and back proofs of this Pick number. 

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​​The 1870 half dime is one of the final Philadelphia Mint issues of this denomination and serves as a popular type candidate from the Legend Obverse portion of the series. A quick glance at the certified population data published by PCGS and NGC, confirms that survivors are anything but common in the finest Mint State grades. Even at the MS-65 level this issue is scarce, and finer grades are rare.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Late in the 19th century, China began to modernize their coining system, moving away from the cast "cash" coinage that had been standard for over two millennia, and toward a denominated rubric more in line with the western world. Various provincial mints began striking the "7 mace 2 candareens" denomination—corresponding to the Mexican 8 reales, American dollar and other similar crown sized silver issues—along with its respective minors.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Last week we asked: "What commemorative was distributed at drive up booths?" The answer is the Oakland Bay Bridge Commemorative Half Dollars! Check back in next week for the next edition of Test Your Knowledge.

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

​In 1979 several influential things changed numismatics, including precious metal investments, multi-dealer auction events, the slowing of growth in the hobby, the last release of Carson City silver dollars, and several important collections crossing the auction block.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Historic numismatic literature and rare Spanish Colonial gold coinage from the D. Brent Pogue Collection realized over $592,000 last week in the Stack's Bowers Galleries August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. This offering represents a departure from the United States coins and paper money from the Pogue Collection sold by Stack's Bowers Galleries from May 2015 through March 2020, and showcases the collector's eye for quality across a range of categories.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​The incredible ESM Collection of United States Large Cents realized over $4.6 million in the Stack's Bowers Galleries August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. Offered as part of the firm's Rarities Night session on Thursday, August 6, this was perhaps the most highly anticipated selection from the legendary ESM Collection. Offered was a virtually complete set of large cents by Guide Book variety, spanning all issues from 1793 through the end of the type in 1857.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​​The Big Sky Collection of Montana Tokens Part II, a session of our August Collector Choice Online Auction, is now on StacksBowers.com!  The Big Sky Collection is an impressive cabinet of the tokens issued in various cities, towns and counties across Montana, predominantly struck in aluminum and brass. It features both the most popular merchants and the most elusive issues in the series, with many pieces assigned a rating of Rarity-8 or Rarity-9 by specialist Roy D. Rubick in his 2013 reference Montana Token Collectors Reference Manual, Fourth Edition. Part II of the Big Sky Collection, offered in our August 2020 Collectors Choice Online Auction, features over 100 lots. The sale closes live online at StacksBowers.com on August 20, beginning at 9:00 AM PT.