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Rare Money Blog

​By Ben Mahaffey, Web Content Manager

​This week’s Coins in Motion Highlight of the Week is an exceptional Red 1909-S Indian Head cent graded MS-66 by NGC. This was the second mintmarked cent in U.S. history, with the first being struck the year before – the 1908-S Indian Head cent. Not many of the 309,000 coins produced were set aside by collectors due to the enthusiasm for the 1909-S V.D.B. Lincoln cent that was released the same year. Therefore, this is a difficult coin to find in this high state of preservation. We offer this 1909-S Indian Head cent through Stack’s Bowers Galleries Direct for $9,250.

By Ben Mahaffey, Web Content Manager

​As the final Coins in Motion Highlight video prior to the April 2021 Hong Kong Auction, we present the rare Tehran Mint Iranian 25 Toman in Gold. This striking piece weighs an astounding 71.41 grams. While restrikes come on the market from time to time, originals such as this are seldom seen. This piece is presented as Lot 51193 in our sale that will take place next week.

By Ben Mahaffey, Web Content Manager

As someone who has mainly focused on United States coinage in my personal collection, I have been fascinated by the Obans and Kobans from the Pinnacle Collection. Quite large in size, these fit within the aspect of "odd and curious" money, as they are such a departure from  typically encountered types of coinage. A variety of stampings is present on the obverse and reverse of each, indicating the type and time period of manufacture. Additionally, the obverses display rather skillfully and elegantly inked calligraphy—enhancing their beauty, artistry, and sense of uniqueness.

By Ben Mahaffey, Web Content Manager

​Over the past several weeks, I have been focused on the Pinnacle Collection offered in Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s Hong Kong sale. Most of the coins in the collection are items that the average collector may never see again. Led by the 1870 Japanese Pattern set in Lot 50043, this collection is anchored by three lots that could reach the $1 million mark. However, in this week’s Coins in Motion Highlight post, I spotlight another great rarity tucked away within the collection: the Peter I “Capture of Reval” Commemorative Gold Medal.

By Ben Mahaffey, Web Content Manager

​The collector community loves toned coins. This 1943-D Jefferson War Nickel should attract some attention. Normally, we feature Coins in Motion coins that are in upcoming auctions. This coin, however, is being sold on Stack’s Bowers Direct for $9,750. This coin is the sole finest at MS-68+ 5FS. Stack’s Bowers Galleries coin experts had the following to say about the coin:

By Ben Mahaffey, Web Content Manager

​As a lover of the Betts Medal series, I am excited to show off this rare and historic 1773 Carib War Medal. Cast in Silver, and in Mint State, this looped specimen will be featured in Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2021 Las Vegas Auction as Lot 1006.

By Ben Mahaffey, Web Content Manager

​In this week's Coins in Motion highlight of the week, we feature a rarely offered and beautifully toned 1955-D Washington Quarter from the Washington Rainbows Collection.

By Ben Mahaffey, Web Content Manager

Stack's Bowers Galleries continues to assemble impressive sales featuring both United States coins and currency and World coins and currency. Here we show off another impressive specimen that will be sold in the April 2021 Hong Kong Auction. Graded by PCGS as MS-64 Prooflike, this 20 Yen (Variety JNDA 01-1) is the single finest known of the type and comes to us from the Pinnacle Collection. The surfaces of the coin are outstanding considering it was minted in 1877. Explore the Coins in Motion video below to get a good sense of the look of the coin. 

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