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Rare Money Blog

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).

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.

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