Rare Money Blog

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know Stack's Bowers Galleries is showcasing the famous 1894-S dime in our official auction of the ANA World's Fair of Money?  Among great American coin rarities, the 1894-S dime stands high in the front rank. The appearance of one in the marketplace is always a cause for excitement. Over a long period of years Stack's Bowers Galleries has offered several, always to excitement and acclaim.​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Now comes another—a coin that has been off the market for more than three decades and is fresh to most of the present generation of bidders. This coin is an old friend, so to speak, as Stack's sold it in January 1953 as a highlight in the F.S. Guggenheimer Collection, after which it passed through other hands to Los Angeles sports magnate Jerry Buss. It was last sold 31 years ago. Now at the forthcoming ANA World's Fair of Money in August it will cross the block again as part of the E. Horatio Morgan Collection, a private cabinet with many treasures. It has been graded Proof-63 by PCGS, a branch Mint Proof. ​

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to offer a Gem 1894-O Barber dime in our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. Delicate peach tones and vibrant teal iridescence are seen on this gorgeous Gem, slightly more pink on the reverse. Gold and amber at the peripheries showcase the satiny, matte-like texture of the fields, producing a graceful and uninterrupted cartwheel at a tilt. The devices are nicely bold with silken luster atop each element. This truly captivating piece is among the finest known for the issue.

By Ben Orooji, Numismatist & Assistant Production Manager

As part of our fantastic November Baltimore Rarities Night auction, we offer a phenomenal group of high grade Barber dimes, the vast majority of which are at the top of the population at PCGS. Examples in both Mint State and Proof formats are represented and many feature attractive colorful toning. For Registry Set players, this represents an opportunity to gain prestigious points and honors; for date collectors who seek to obtain only the best examples,

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

The $4 Stella, while technically considered a pattern issue, displays a unique design, tiny mintage, and interesting history, and has been included in regular issue gold type sets for generations. Over the years, the story has been told in countless auction catalogs of the origin of this odd denomination, its different composition, and its high demand from collectors. 

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In 1905, Charles E. Barber created the ‘official’ inaugural medal for President Theodore Roosevelt. ‘Teddy’ had been president since September 1901, when as vice president he became heir to the highest office when William McKinley was assassinated (while attending an event at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York). 

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist and Cataloger, U.S. Coins

A splendid Gem Uncirculated 1883 silver Hawaiian quarter certified MS-66 by NGC is one of many highlights in our next iAuction sale. The series was designed by Charles Barber and the coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint but without an S mintmark. The Hawaiian silver coinage of 1883 amounted to $1 million face value split between dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollars. 

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

See if you can match the numismatic ‘players’ with their ‘bases.’ Who did what? If you think that some of the questions are a bit obscure, you are right!