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Rare Money Blog

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​It is difficult to give any general advice about collecting; it is a matter of taste. If one means to become a collector, and not merely a possessor, it is wisest to choose perhaps a somewhat limited field. To collect everything numismatic means to acquire much that does not interest, and therefore one often becomes discouraged. The more acquired the more one finds there is to be gotten, and the farther one seems to be from a constantly receding goal.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​In early 1883 there were perhaps 10,000 to 20,000 people who collected coins in a systematic manner. No more than a couple thousand belonged to one or another of the societies. The American Journal of Numismatics was the magazine of record, supplemented by newsletters and auction catalogs.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. In numismatics it has been a very good year not only for Stack’s Bowers Galleries but for the entire hobby. In a nation and world of unrest, numismatics is a quiet harbor—a place of rest to enjoy the lore and lure, the history and tradition, the pleasures of studying and collecting coins, tokens, medals, and paper money. Our dynamic series of auction sessions at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore last month still echo—lots of excitement! 

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Grandfather told them a story about Captain John Hull and the Pine Tree shillings. Captain John Hull was the mint-master of Massachusetts, and coined all the money that was made there. This was a new line of business; for, in the earlier days of the colony, the current coinage consisted of gold and silver money of England, Portugal, and Spain. These coins being scarce, the people were often forced to barter their commodities instead of selling them.

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.

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