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Rare Money Blog

By James McCartney, Director of Consignments and Numismatics

​Stack's Bowers Galleries is proud to offer a newly discovered 1659 Lord Baltimore shilling in our November 2021 Showcase Auction. It will be presented alongside an incredible selection of Early American coins in our official auction for the Colonial Coin Collectors Club, better know as C4. With bold AU definition, this new discovery is certainly one of the sharpest Baltimore shillings known. Generally untoned and dove-grey, it exhibits scattered regions of olive patina on both sides. Significant marks are minimal, with only minor friction noted in the obverse fields.​

By James McCartney, Director of Consignment and Numismatics

Stack's Bowers Galleries is excited to present a physical Lealana Bitcoin to the passionate communities of cryptocurrency and numismatic enthusiasts in their November 2021 Showcase Auction. This physical Lealana Bitcoin represents a historic revolution in commerce, similar to the first gold coinage issued by King Croesus circa 500 BC and the first U.S. coins to be struck by steam press in 1836. It is the physical manifestation of an entirely digital concept, offering a fusion of numismatic utility and financial technology. It will be the very first piece of physical cryptocurrency offered in a major live auction.​

​By James McCartney, Director of Consignment and Numismatics

​The 1870 Liberty Seated dollar represents the final lower-mintage Philadelphia issue before production exploded above one million coins for both 1871 and 1872. Just 415,000 1870 dollars were struck, primarily at the request of bullion depositors for use in trade with China. These conditions would soon prompt the introduction of a dedicated United States trade dollar in 1873.​

By James McCartney, Director of Consignments and Numismatics

​​Stack's Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present some of the most famous and elusive United States Inaugural bronze medals in our official auction for the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo in November. Highlighted by an incredible Gem SP-65 (PCGS) 1905 Roosevelt medal and an Uncirculated SP-62 (PCGS) 1921 Harding medal, this will be one of the most important offerings from this series in recent years.​

By Ben Orooji, Senior Numismatist

​After a stellar August 2021 ANA sale in which Stack's Bowers Galleries sold over 50 million dollars of numismatic treasures and with numerous record-breaking prices achieved, we are ready to do it again this November. Already consigned is this beautiful low mintage 1888 half eagle from a production of just 18,296 pieces at the Philadelphia Mint. Graded by PCGS as MS-65 and housed in an old green holder, a green CAC sticker of approval confirms the quality and eye appeal of this coin. It offers a sharp strike, and the smooth surfaces display vivid reddish-rose and golden apricot colors with pale blue highlights.​

By James McCartney, Director of Consignment and Numismatics

​A Gem Proof 1913 double eagle realized $336,000 in the Stack's Bowers Galleries August 2021 ANA Auction, setting a new record as the most valuable Proof With Motto Saint-Gaudens double eagle ever sold at auction. This $336,000 result more than doubles the prior record for the date and represents over three times the current Greysheet value. Graded Proof-66 (PCGS) CAC, this specimen is tied with the very finest examples seen by PCGS and NGC and represents a monumental treasure for advanced specialists.​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Offered as lot 6339 in the Stack's Bowers Galleries Official ANA Auction was a landmark rarity in the California Small Denomination gold series. One of perhaps just three known, the 1854 BG-103 octagonal 25 cents is one of the rarest and most desirable coins in the fabulous Oregon Collection, a featured cabinet in the August sale. When it crossed the block on Thursday, August 19, it brought $90,000, nearly five times the previous record price for this exceedingly rare variety.​​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

The sole finest 1804 Draped Bust silver dollar sold for $7.68 million in the Stack's Bowers Galleries August 2021 ANA Auction, setting a new auction record as the fifth most valuable United States coin ever sold. Offered in the firm's Rarities Night session on Tuesday, August 17, the sale of this 1804 Draped Bust dollar will be remembered as a milestone in United States numismatics. ​

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