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Rare Money Blog

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​The Braided Hair large cent was struck for circulation from 1839 through 1857, when it was retired in favor of the smaller Flying Eagle cent. These "late date" large cents are among the most popular United States coins of the 19th century, and collectors often assemble them by Newcomb variety. Eleven years after the end of the Braided Hair cent series, the design was resurrected for a series of patterns intended for sale directly to collectors. Technically fantasy pieces, these novelty large cents were dated 1868 and are heavily prized by Early American Copper collectors today.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Our monumental 10th Anniversary Hong Kong auction, marking a decade of important offerings in Asia by Stack's, Bowers and Ponterio, presents a tremendous array of exceptional and eclectic rarities -- Chinese-specific as well as other interesting pieces from around the region. While legendary collections such as that of Wa She Wong cemented our name in the marketplace, over the past ten years we have continued to present collections featuring iconic pedigrees and containing incredible rarities.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​H.A. Sternberg showed a very clever coin puzzle in The Numismatist in 1928.. "The trick is to take seven coins—half dollar, quarter dollar, nickel and four pennies, totaling 84 cents—and arrange them in two rows, five coins in each row, each row totaling 82 cents. Sounds impossible, but it can be done. Try it."

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​In numismatic history, Virgil M. Brand (1861-1926) is part of the hobby's DNA. Never has one person assembled such a large and varied collection, and few people have had as much numismatic knowledge. In his office and residence attached to the Brand Brewery on Elston Street in Chicago, it seems that he ate, slept, and dreamed coins. Well, almost. By the time of his passing he had gathered over 300,000 coins. If one rarity was good, multiples were better. As an example, he had six of the ten known 1884 trade dollars!

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​​The Stack's Bowers Galleries March 2020 Auction marked a successful kick-off to the firm's 2020 season of flagship U.S. coin sales. Originally scheduled to take place in Baltimore alongside the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo, the auction was relocated to the Stack's Bowers headquarters in Orange County, California following the cancellation of all public events in the state of Maryland in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Despite these uncertain circumstances, the sale realized astounding success, with most sessions earning considerably above their pre-sale estimates, which were determined when the catalogs were produced. In total, over $26.59 million worth of U.S. coins were sold, demonstrating the resilience of the coin market and Stack's Bowers Galleries' superior ability to connect bidders with rare and desirable numismatic treasures.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Stack's Bowers Galleries is excited to present a special April Collectors Choice Online (CCO) auction of over 160 lots of exonumia. These pieces represent three different topics: the works of Jacques Wiener mostly comprising his famous, intricately engraved architectural series; World War I medals from a variety of issuers on each side of the great conflict, and the massive opera of Karl Goetz, ranging from historical to satirical themes.

By Aris Maragoudakis, Director of World Currency Auctions

​Our recent excellent results from the February World Collectors Choice Online auction and last week’s March 2020 auction of United States coins and paper money have shown a tremendous amount of bidding taking place over our internet platforms. In the current challenging times caused by the novel coronavirus, the use of online bidding has allowed us to achieve the success that we would have expected from a full auction room at the height of the market.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​By now, the disruption and chaos created by COVID-19 is inescapable. While more and more states here in America continue to issue shelter at home orders in hope of stemming the tide, many people have seen their professions, livelihood, and overall daily habits placed on an indefinite pause. Amidst the uncertainty, it is important to remember that, as a planet, we are all in this together and that we have faced worldwide turmoil before. The global conflict that would come to be known as World War I was a defining moment in world history, marking a decided increase in the destruction and devastation that man could both wreak and endure.

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