​​

Rare Money Blog

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

In the news quite a bit recently, riding the wave of crypto-mania and through the hyping of the eccentric Elon Musk, dogecoin has seen great gains as supporters attempt to make it the next bitcoin. The "currency" is based upon a popular meme from the summer of 2013 depicting a Shibu Ina, with the associated image dating to a few years prior.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Occasionally mistaken as Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo instead celebrates a different important date in Mexican history. Independence Day emanates from the "Cry of Dolores," which initiated Mexico's war against Spain on 16 September 1810. Cinco de Mayo references a later military conflict in 1862 involving the Mexican army and the encroaching French forces. Due to financing the military during the Mexican-American War and the Reform War, the Mexican Treasury was nearly empty by 1861, causing President Benito Juarez to suspend payment of foreign debts.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​American interest in foreign oil supplies increased following World War I, with a focus on the Middle East in particular. The Standard Oil of California company entered into an agreement with the Saudi Arabian government in 1933 which would allow for the exploration of oil within the kingdom. Success was achieved four years later, with other American oil companies buying in during the following decade. Given the continued need for petroleum, especially with rebuilding in the aftermath of World War II, the investment in Saudi oil proved very important to American interests.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

Our June 2021 Ancient and World Coins Collector's Choice Online (CCO) auction will present four highly interesting and very large gold medals celebrating Juan Vicente Gómez, a pivotal and controversial figure in the early 20th century history of Venezuela.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​As European colonialism continued in late-19th century Africa, fewer and fewer native tribes were free from the yoke of domination. Such was the plight of the mighty Zulu nation, whose ancestors continue to comprise the largest ethnic group in modern-day South Africa. Following the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879, concessions were made to the victorious British, and the Zulu territory was broken up with the realm of King Cetshwayo greatly diminished.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​The monumental Pinnacle Collection realized unbelievable results, obliterating numerous records. One such record was the number of lots to realize more than $1 million. Prior to The Pinnacle Collection, no single auction presented by Stack's Bowers Galleries (including United States sales) has exceeded four lots that sold for  $1 million or more. Part II of the D. Brent Pogue Collection in September 2015 was the prior record holder with four items that crossed that benchmark.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​As recounted in one of our previous blog posts, the tensions between westerners and their Chinese hosts reached an untenable level by the summer of 1900, with the Empress Dowager Cixi (the real power behind the Qing dynasty) siding with the "boxers" in what would become known as the Boxer Rebellion. Tired of what they viewed as meddlesome invaders from the west, the alliance between imperial forces and the band of boxers declared war and eventually laid siege to the Legation Quarter in Beijing (Peking), where numerous foreign nationals from many western powers were stationed.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

Within the incredible Pinnacle Collection, a featured cabinet in the Stack's Bowers and Ponterio April 2021 Hong Kong auction, a group of massive gold Obans and Kobans certainly stands out. Quite large in size, these fit within the aspect of "odd and curious" money, as they are such a departure from the typically encountered types of coinage. A variety of stampings is present on the obverse and reverse of each, indicating the type and time period of manufacture. Additionally, the obverses display rather skillfully and elegantly inked calligraphy—enhancing their beauty, artistry, and sense of uniqueness. ​

12345678910...NextLast
​​