Rare Money Blog

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 Q. David Bowers, Founder

Finest Graded by NGC

The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part III, scheduled to cross the auction block in February in a Stack’s Bowers Galleries event in cooperation with Sotheby’s, is replete with treasures. One of the foremost is the 1875 three-dollar gold piece. In that year it is thought that only 20 were coined, all Proofs. None were made for circulation. The Pogue coin is Proof-66 Ultra Cameo (NGC), the finest graded by either NGC or PCGS.

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

The United States $20 gold piece or double eagle spanned more than eight decades of production. James B. Longacre’s Liberty’s Head design inaugurated the denomination in 1850, providing a practical medium for converting large quantities of raw gold into coins to fuel the flourishing American economy and for use in international trade.  

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

Following the success of Christopher Bechtler’s privately issued gold dollar first struck in 1831, engraver Christian Gobrecht conceived a gold dollar pattern in 1836, now known as Judd-67. However, it wouldn’t be until after the discovery of gold in California in 1848, that the U.S. Mint would formally strike a gold dollar for circulation. 

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

Many of America’s finest coins will appear in our upcoming New York City Rarities Auction, held in conjunction with Sotheby’s the day following our sale of Part I of the incredible D. Brent Pogue Collection. The 1909 Satin Proof eagle in the sale, from the design type by Augustus Saint-Gaudens struck 1907 through 1933, is a rare bird indeed. 

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins. Based on the lot description by Jeff Ambio, Vice President of Numismatics and Auction Production

A spectacular PCGS-certified 1922 Matte Proof-66 Peace dollar, one of fewer than a dozen traced with any certainty, will be among the many highlights in our May 20, 2015, Rarities Sale, to be held in conjunction with our offering of Part I of the D. Brent Pogue Collection in New York City. 

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

One of the many standout notes from our upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries March Baltimore Currency Auction is lot #3123, a stunning $3 Color Proof from the Mount Vernon Bank of Boston, Massachusetts from The Peter Mayer Collection Part III.  The Mount Vernon Bank, named for the Virginia home of President George Washington, issued notes from 1860 to 1864. The bank later became the Mount Vernon National Bank of Boston, Charter #716.

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