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Rare Money Blog

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Time was when the vast majority of collectors kept their coins in Whitman folders and albums. Lincoln cents were a favorite and were in two folders: 1909 to 1940 and 1941 to date. Over the years I have bought many collections housed in these folders. Most have had circulated coins from 1909 to 1933 or so and Mint State coins for later years. When I first started collecting coins in 1952 I used these folders. To protect the later brilliant coins I coated each with clear fingernail polish.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​A recent article told of the opening of our new flagship store on Park Avenue in New York City. Everyone is very excited to be in our new store and while we are still settling in, business has been carrying on as much as it can during our current times.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​While we often talk about the auctions that Stack’s Bowers Galleries presents – and they are definitely worthy of the attention – we are also very proud of our retail services, whether it is helping collectors build their cabinets through direct sales, buying and selling precious metals, or providing a way for people to quickly access the value of coins, bullion and paper money through immediate sale.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Rarities Night session of our November 2020 Showcase Auction, which is highlighted by several significant cabinets that are being offered for the first time in decades. As we all continue to find our way in this unprecedented environment, it is heartening to know that the coin collecting market remains strong and that numismatics continues to provide an interesting and enjoyable pursuit for so many.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Yes you can! And quite inexpensively as well! There is, of course, a good reason why this is so easy to do. That’s because the year 1816 is the only one in the history of United States coinage from 1793 to date when just one denomination was struck, the copper one-cent piece. Despite being the only 1816-dated coins struck, examples are plentiful today and are affordable, even including in higher grades.​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Good things come in pairs, it is said. As to things in threes, I am not sure of an advantage. I am sure, however, that may readers will enjoy this quiz of numismatic triads. See if you can find the common connection between each item in each listing. Answers are at the end.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Lord & Taylor, the famous fashion retailer, is no longer with us, or at least not in its usual form. On August 3 the firm announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and stated it planned to close all 24 of its stores. 

Numismatically, Lord& Taylor is well-remembered for its issuance of encased postage stamps.   In the second week of July 1862, with no silver or gold coins in sight, and the channels of commerce awash in paper bills, even copper-nickel cents were hoarded.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Are you seeking to add a new specialty to your collecting activity? Exploring different areas is always fun to do. Further, if you are starting from scratch when you do this, your checkbook will not suffer as many items are expensive when you are just beginning in a new field. And if there are rarities in the field, they can wait until later.

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