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Rare Money Blog

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

A pleasing Fr.2404* 1920 $50 Gold Certificate Star Note graded About Uncirculated 55 EPQ will be offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November currency auction. Just around 40 examples of this rare small size replacement type are recorded in the census.

The offered example displays bright paper and broad margins. The golden colored overprint is vibrant and exceptionally well printed. The engraved design elements are all darkly inked and vividly detailed as well. The note appears to have avoided any actual circulation; some light corner handling appears to account for the technical grade.

By Christopher Dahncke, Currency Auction Associate

​Our October Hong Kong sale features a multitude of exciting offerings of Chinese paper money, one of which is this uncompleted People’s Bank of China P-839 1949 200 Yuan note, lot 50104. This 200 Yuan note is graded by PCGS Banknote as About Uncirculated 55. The note displays virtually the same printing on the obverse as the production note, minus the block number, serial numbers and stamps. However, the reverse of the note is drastically different from the note that eventually entered production. The "200" counters are found at left, right and center, and a date is within a rectangle at bottom on the reverse. Detailed lathe work is found throughout the design on the reverse. This note is scarcely encountered, and uncompleted notes are always popular among PRC collectors. We expect to see spirited bidding on this lot.

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

​A fantastic high-end Fr.2211-E 1928 Dark Green Seal $1000 Federal Reserve Note from the Richmond district will be featured in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ upcoming November U.S. Currency Auction. The note is graded Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ by PMG and is one of just three examples to achieve that grade from the service. Just a single example is graded finer at 66 EPQ.

By Christopher Dahncke, Currency Auction Associate

​Our upcoming October Hong Kong Sale will present an exciting array of currency items, including many rare notes. One lot that will definitely excite collectors is this front and back pairing of Prince Chun 10 Dollar  Proofs. The front proof is in a grade of Gem Unc 66 EPQ, while the back proof is in a Choice Unc 64 grade. PMG's population report lists these examples as the only ones encapsulated by their service for front and back proofs of this Pick number. 

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​The Internet Only session of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2020 U.S. Currency auction will open for live bidding on Wednesday August 12 at 9 AM PDT. The session features 473 lots of United States currency and related items including Continental Currency, Obsolete Banknotes, Confederate Currency, Large and Small Size Type and National Currency. Pre-sale bidding is already open at www.stacksbowers.com.

By Aris Maragoudakis

​​These are very interesting times for our hobby as we all make adjustments to how we do business to best serve our clients during the Covid-19 pandemic. As many shows have been cancelled or postponed, the online portion of our business has really taken off. Our auctions have seen great success, with our Collectors Choice Online auctions bringing stellar prices, while our May Hong Kong set records and exceeded our expectations, even without a concurrent tradeshow.

By Christopher Dahncke, Currency Auction Associate

​Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to offer for sale an 1804 6 Skilling P-A5 Greenland note in our August 2020 World Paper Money sale. It is graded About Uncirculated 55 by PMG and is featured in lot 30166 of the auction. It is the sole example encapsulated by PMG. P-A5 is the first note and lowest denomination for the 1804 series, and the offered note is very attractive, especially for being over 200 years old! It displays a more ornate design than the 1803 series, with bordering designs and crown at top left. Good embossing and bold penned ink stand out on this About Uncirculated example. PMG Pop 1/None Finer.

By Peter A. Treglia, Director of Currency

​Hello friends and welcome to our August 2020 United States Currency Showcase Auction. Despite the unprecedented events of this year our market remains quite strong and we are excited to gather in Las Vegas to present our second live format currency auction of the year.

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