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Rare Money Blog

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

I have been working on the manuscript for a book relating to Flying Eagle cents of 1856 to 1858 and the American scene during those years.  The coins can be divided into these basic varieties: 1856 pattern, 1857, 1858/7 overdate, 1858 Large Letters, and 1858 Small letters.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Coming at the Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore two weeks from now is one of the greatest series of auction sessions we have ever had at that popular event, Not one, not two, but seven separate catalogs were produced for our Official Auction!​​

By Q. David Bowers

When great collections are sold, the vast majority of them come our way—and have ever since Stack's held its first sale in 1935. When important cabinets have become available, the usual request to us is "Come and get it!" Our reputation speaks for itself—and our quality and results have paid great dividends. At the same time our rates and services are competitive.​​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Coming at the Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore next month is the greatest series of auction sessions we have ever had at that popular event, Not one, not two, but seven separate catalogs are nearing completion! Early American coins come to the fore. To get ready for this event I encourage you to take the latest copy of the Guide Book of United States Coins and spend an hour or two reading the front text and then the listings of coins of the colonial era.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​If you are an old-timer you may remember our Rare Coin Review, which I edited for many years in the late 20th century into the present one. I often included “fillers,” such as these from a 1984 issue: Readers and friends often sent so many things in that I could only use a few of them. This was from my friend, Cheri Kaye Lemons, an American Airlines executive:

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​With George Williams I went to an Empire State Numismatic Association (ESNA) convention in Syracuse, New York, in 1954. It was my first regional coin show. By that time I had been a regular attendee at the Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) Coin Club, but had not ventured beyond that. George, a collector of the old school, lived in Kingston, Pennsylvania, adjacent to my home town of Forty Fort. He had been collecting for many years. When I met him he mentioned that Joseph Stack from New York City had come through the area on a buying trip and had offered him the irresistible price of $200 for his Proof 1895 Morgan dollar, and he sold it.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Several weeks ago I invited readers to contact me about a curious token that has puzzled me and others for a long time. The inscription reads: LET THE EGLE FLY  / J.S.G.S.L.C.O. The reverse shows an eagle vertically, without legs or talons, with a shield on its breast. Seven stars are above. Below the eagle are seven stars, the date 1846, and 2 more stars.

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).

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