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Rare Money Blog

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Did you know that Stack’s Bowers Galleries is preparing to offer one of their largest Official Auctions of the ANA ever? With over 11,000 lots in the sale, we expect this to be largest in terms of individual items and the largest in terms of value. This sale comes on the heels of the largest Hong Kong Auction ever hosted by Stack’s Bowers Galleries, which took place in April 2021. ​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder and Ben Mahaffey, Web Content Manager

It was a dark and stormy night back on Saturday, September 12, 1857. Far off the coast of North Carolina the S.S. Central America, carrying several hundred passengers and millions of dollars in gold coins and ingots, was on its way from Panama to New York City, having taken aboard the people and cargo at the port of Aspinwall. The passengers and treasure had connected from San Francisco to Panama City on the Pacific side, crossed land on the 48-mile-long Panama Railroad, and were now on their way home.​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Did you know that in the year 1752, there were at least 198 ships that wrecked, burned, or went missing? These ships served various purposes – some were used for whaling and transport, while others were used for exploring new islands or slave trade. One of the ships that wrecked in 1752 was the Nuestra Señora de la Luz. It wrecked off the coast of Montevideo, South America on July 2, 1752. All of the crew was lost expect for a single sailor. ​

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries

In the area of world numismatics, most are familiar with the Russian ruler Catherine the Great, whose portrait graces the obverse of many Russian coins and medals. Stack’s Bowers Galleries has sold countless Catherine the Great numismatic items, including three pieces that have sold for over $100,000. But, did you know that Catherine the Great took the throne 259 years ago today? ​​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

The Summer FUN Show is just around the corner. Stack's Bowers Galleries numismatists Wayne Berkley and Mark Schimel will attend the FUN show from Wednesday, July 7 through Saturday, July 10. Wayne is available to take appointments throughout the week. In addition, our U.S. Paper Money expert Peter Treglia will be available Wednesday, July 7 and Thursday, July 8.​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Did you know that you can get paid 60% of your total settlement within 10 days of the July Collectors Choice Online Auction when your consignment totals $5,000 or more? This offer is our way to get money in your pocket faster. The final 40% will be paid to you at the settlement date of August 27, 2021. If you have a consignment of less than $5,000, we are happy to offer your pieces as well; in that case your entire proceeds will be paid on August 27, 2021. No matter what the value of your consignment, the deadline for the July CCO Auction is July 2, 2021.​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

In November 2020, Stack’s Bowers Galleries announced that they had acquired the patent-pending technology, Coins in Motion, along with the services of its creator, Larry Stendebach. What drove Larry to create this technology, and what problem was Larry trying to solve? We sat down with Larry to get his side of the story:​​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Did you know that Stack’s Bowers Galleries has a Glossary of Terms on their website? This glossary is designed to help both newcomers and seasoned collectors identify common phrases and words used within the collecting community. For example, do you know what “Accolated” means? Accolated means an overlapped impression, as with two or more portraits on the face of a coin. Example: The 1900 Lafayette commemorative silver dollar bears the accolated portraits of Washington and Lafayette.​​

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