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Rare Money Blog

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​The Stack's Bowers Galleries November 2020 Showcase Auction was highlighted by several historic collections that were brought to market for the first time in decades. Hosted at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California, the sale witnessed remarkably strong bidder participation through the firm's award winning website and mobile apps, an active phone bidding bank and socially-distanced floor bidding in the auction room. With over $19.9 million in overall prices realized for U.S. coins and paper money, the results confirm Stack's Bowers Galleries' status as a top resource for quality collectibles within these segments.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​The gold coins issued by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or the Mormons, are among the most prized and elusive relics of the Western Gold Rush era. Produced at the Deseret Assay Office in Salt Lake City, these coins were struck periodically from 1848 through 1861 using gold sourced from California and Colorado. Variances in weight and fineness drove many of these to be melted in the decades following their production, leaving few survivors to be cherished by collectors today.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​Collecting by design type is perhaps one of the most thrilling ways to study and experience United States coinage. Endless opportunities for customization make type set collecting a very popular and approachable way to build a collection. It can be, however, a daunting endeavor to complete a set at the highest level. Assembling a world-class Type Set demands not only an understanding of the wide realm of United States coinage, but also more specialized knowledge of production methods and rarity within each series and at each Mint.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Stack's Bowers Galleries is proud to present highlights from the Larry H. Miller Collection, Part 1. Join Vicken Yegparian and James McCartney as they share 6 coins that are sure to impress bidders in the November 12th sale.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Stack's Bowers Galleries is proud to present highlights from the November 2020 Rarities Night Auction. Join Vicken Yegparian and James McCartney as they share 5 coins that are sure to impress bidders in the November 13th sale.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​The 1797 is the scarcest date in the Capped Bust Right, Small Eagle $10 gold series of 1795 to 1797. Specialist John W. Dannreuther provides an estimated mintage of 1,250 to 3,615 coins, with only 55 to 65 extant in all grades. We are delighted to feature an impressive AU-55 (PCGS) in lot 9192 of our November 2020 Showcase Auction, offered as part of the Naples Bay Collection. Previously sold in our 1970 sale of the Seeman Estate and then in our 1973 auction of the Scanlon Collection, we are thrilled to now bring this piece back to market after nearly 50 years.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​The mintage for the 1889 $3 gold piece was just 2,300 coins all delivered in December, down more than 50% from the previous year's total. It was the final circulation-strike for the denomination and only about 200 to 250 Mint State examples can be accounted for, along with 100 to 130 circulated pieces. Among the Uncirculated examples, most grade no finer than MS-64.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present The Larry H. Miller Collection of Morgan Silver Dollars in our November 10-13, 2020 Auction. It represents a historic offering that will excite even the most sophisticated collectors of this series. While certain cabinets have offered individual rarities, such a comprehensive display of finest-known examples is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

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