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Rare Money Blog

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​As Britain's oldest American colony, Bermuda shares nearly 200 years of history in common with the United States before the North American provinces declared independence. The original foundation of the island colony is a direct result of the settlement at Jamestown, which was the earliest English settlement in Virginia and the oldest permanent English settlement in North America. ​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Our June 2019 Collectors Choice Auction featuring U.S. Coins and Currency is now online! We are pleased to introduce a third session to our monthly Collectors Choice line up containing Bullion and Semi-Numismatic Coins.  The Bullion and Semi-Numismatic Coin session features smaller bidding increments so you can calculate your bids more precisely based on the daily spot prices.  ​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​There are so many exciting items in our upcoming August ANA World's Fair of Money Auction that it is difficult to choose just one of them to highlight this week. That said, this Harris, Marchand & Company rectangular gold ingot discovered during the second (2014) exploration of the S.S. Central America shipwreck certainly stands out among them. ​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The JR-3 variety of the 1831 Capped Bust dime is unremarkable in most grades and carries a Rarity-1 rating. It can serve as an ideal type coin as it is readily available up through Choice Mint State.  However, in Gem condition this variety becomes formidably scarce. We are delighted to offer the very finest known example of this die marriage, certified MS-66+ (PCGS), as part of our August 2019 ANA Auction.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Eagerly sought by both Liberty Head gold specialists and Civil War enthusiasts, the 1863-S double eagle presents a significant challenge to collectors. Just 966,570 pieces were struck at the San Francisco Mint and most saw heavy circulation throughout the western United States. At the time, coinage had virtually disappeared from day-to-day transactions in the Midwest and the East due to the uncertainty surrounding the Civil War, which placed increased pressure on the gold coinage in the West. Many 1863-S double eagles were likely exported overseas in later years, further diminishing the population.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Proof early American copper coinage is one of the most fascinating and intensely pursued series in numismatics. Mint records are largely unclear on these half cents and large cents, leaving much of the production statistics to be drawn from the surviving populations. Most issues are known by only a handful of pieces, a supply that in no way meets the demand from collectors. We are delighted to offer an exceptional   Proof-only 1836 half cent in lot 3288 of our May 2019 Baltimore auction. Certified Proof-62 BN (NGC) and struck from original dies, it is an important opportunity for both specialists and type collectors.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The No Stars Liberty Seated dime design of 1837 and 1838 is often considered Christian Gobrecht's “little masterpiece.” Uncluttered by stars to either side, Liberty sits majestically at center, placed upon a perfectly sized canvas that accents the symbolism of the obverse motif without the distractions of Liberty's drapery folds or the intricacies of her hair that sometimes draw the eye on the larger coin.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

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