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Rare Money Blog

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​​In my column this week, I am sharing the following press release from the American Numismatic Association about a commemorative coin initiative that, if enacted, will benefit the ANA, as well as the National World War I Museum and Memorial and the Nevada State Museum (housed in the former Carson City Mint).

Friend and Numismatist Extraordinaire

​It was with great sadness that I and others learned of the unexpected passing of D. Brent Pogue, quietly in his home. I have had the privilege and honor of knowing and working with Brent ever since he entered numismatics in the 1970s, and in recent years all of us at Stack’s Bowers Galleries have partnered closely with him and his family in the sale by auction in five events, of his extraordinary collection of early American federal coins from the 1790s through the 1830s. Brent was the very definition of an extraordinary numismatist, a connoisseur. A careful student with a fine library at hand, he researched every coin he hoped to add to his collection.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​At the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont two weeks from now I invite you to track me down at the show and talk about anything on your mind—from consigning to an upcoming sale to research on something obscure in American numismatics. Or just to say hello.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​From the 18th century onward, countless coins were counterstamped with advertisements and messages. I have enjoyed collecting, studying, and writing about them. In recent times I have consigned quite a few to Stack’s Bowers Galleries auctions, where they have drawn nice bids. Counterstamps are hardly in the front line of interest headline-wise as they are relatively inexpensive—often valued at less than $100 and not often for more than, say, $500.  Among my favorite counterstamps is one that usually sells for $150 to $250 or so and is described within this blog.

Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Illustrated here are images of a fantasy bill or note datelined Washington City July 24, 1880. "Absolute Money for the sum of One Thousand Dollars, Redeemable nowhere," etc., etc. Series 59,843,702,086,231,787. The general distributor is B.F. Butler,  the buffoon nicknamed "Spoons" Butler who supervised New Orleans when the Union took it back from the Confederate States of America in 1862. Uriah S. Stephens, important in the founding of the Knights of Labor, is also on the note. ​

Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

For this week's blog I revisited some comments I made back in 2006, adding updates.  I had the pleasure of knowing Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., the famous Baltimore numismatist who from 1925 to 1950 set about building a fine collection, eventually changing his goal to the ultimate: to obtain one of each date and mint and major type of United States coin ever struck.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

As you read these words I am putting finishing touches on my latest Whitman book, A Guide Book of Gold Quarter Eagle Coins, to be published later this year. There will be a special section on quarter eagles found in various caches as well as recovered from shipwrecks. I have photographs of coins from the  Central America and New York steamships, but am seeking others. I would like coins that are specifically pedigreed to certain finds, not generic images of similar coins.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

This quiz is excerpted from Rare Coin Review #117, published in 1997.

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