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Rare Money Blog

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Our May 2019 Baltimore Official Summer Expo Auction offers an exceptional array of rarities from the Washingtonia series, highlighted by a newly discovered original Washington Before Boston medal in silver. Another important highlight from this offering is a rare "1799" GW on Base Funeral Urn medal in white metal that ranks as finest known of the die pair. ​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Our May 2019 Baltimore Auction will feature an exceptional selection of United States colonial coinage, including many popular issues and an impressive set of New Jersey coppers from the Collection of Larry L. Terrell.  Highlights of our colonial offering include a pair of unique gold impressions of Newman 102-GG, considered to be from the original "five parts of the dies" obtained by Horatio Rust in New Haven in 1859.​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Our May 2019 Baltimore Auction will feature an impressive selection of United States colonial coins from the Collection of Larry L. Terrell, including  over 65 different varieties of New Jersey coppers. Among the many highlights from this group is an example struck from the Maris 73-aa die pair. It is certified EF-40 (PCGS) and ranks among the finest specimens known. ​​

By Ben Orooji, Numismatist and Assistant Production Manager

The popular 1916 Standing Liberty quarter hails from an era that numismatic researcher Roger W. Burdette has dubbed the "Renaissance of American Coinage." The year 1916 saw the introduction of three designs that many collectors agree number among the most beautiful ever struck in the United States Mint: Adolph A. Weinman's Mercury dime and Walking Liberty half dollar, and Hermon A. MacNeil's Standing Liberty quarter.​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The Washington Before Boston medal is one of the most significant relics of early America and the Revolutionary Era, with direct ties to the Founding Fathers and some of the most foundational events in our history. Washingtoniana specialist Neil Musante suggests that it is "one of the most treasured medals in all of American numismatics, and no hyperbole or cliché regarding its significance seems out of line."​​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

We are excited to offer an impressive selection of over $1 million in gold coins in our upcoming March Collectors Choice sale, set to close on March 20, 2019. The coins comprise Liberty Head $10, Liberty Head $20 and Saint-Gaudens $20 gold pieces dated from 1847 to the early 1920s in grades from Extremely Fine through Mint State. Coins hailing from the branch mints in Carson City and San Francisco are well represented, as are pieces struck while the United States was in the throes of the Civil War. ​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The Proof-only trade dollar of 1879 signaled the beginning of the end for the series. Produced almost exclusively for commerce in East Asia, trade dollars were struck in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Carson City from 1873 to 1878 and enjoyed limited legal tender status in America. By 1879, the United States Mint had transitioned to Morgan dollar production, and the trade dollar fell by the wayside for various reasons. ​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The appearance of IN GOD WE TRUST on United States coinage resulted from the religious revival that swept through the Union during the Civil War. This Motto was first featured on two-cent pieces in 1864 and was added to gold coinage in 1866. While the San Francisco Mint also stuck small quantities of the older No Motto design type in 1866, the Philadelphia Mint only struck gold coinage of the new With Motto design. This coinage is scarce to rare in today's market. ​​

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