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By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Having its first contact with Europeans in the mid-15th century, the area that would become Sierra Leone saw use as a trading ground—for goods as well as slaves—for the next three centuries. By the late 18th century, however, the British Empire saw an opportunity to utilize this territory on the coast of western Africa as a colony for freed slaves (those who had escaped from American plantations and fought alongside the British during the Revolution) and for poor blacks in and around London.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​Records indicate that the Philadelphia Mint struck 99 Proof double eagles in 1913, though just 58 coins were distributed due to the declining interest in the Matte, Roman and Sandblast finishes used since 1907. The finish used to strike the 1913 issue is actually unique within the Proof Saint-Gaudens double eagle series, being a bit coarser than the Proof 1911 and Proof 1912, yet a bit finer than on the typical Proof 1914 and Proof 1915. We are delighted to feature a superior example of this 1913 Sandblast Proof double eagle in the Rarities Night session of our March 2020 Baltimore Auction.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Welcome to our latest numismatic challenge. If you enjoy the arcane and obscure aspects of numismatics, you may have fun with this. Questions range from basic, such as No. 1 below, to ones requiring experience and study.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​I have always enjoyed trade dollars—one of my favorite series in American numismatics. Coming up in our March auction with the Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore are the two great rarities in the series—the 1884 and 1885. Per information from John W. Haseltine and Stephen Nagy there were just 10 struck of the former and five of the latter.

By Stack's Bowers Galleires

​​Stack's Bowers Galleries is excited to announce their February 26-28, 2020, Collectors Choice Online auction—their largest such sale to date offering World coins, banknotes and Ancient coins. The sale comprises over 2,000 lots and has high-end estimate of just over $1 million. The firm's Collectors Choice Online auctions capture the feel of an auction room, with a live auctioneer, despite running and closing exclusively online. They are quickly becoming a cornerstone of the firm's selling venues—popular with consignors and bidders alike.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​The building at 123 West 57th Street that was the historic location of Stack’s Bowers has been sold to real estate developers with future plans for the space. For 67 years, this location housed the operations of the Stack family and organization and has been a numismatic landmark in New York City. Collectors from all over the world would congregate at the office to visit and talk coins, whether they were buying, selling or participating in auctions.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Our February 2020 Collectors Choice Sale is now online! Check out StacksBowers.com to view nearly 900 lots of U.S. coins and U.S. currency worth nearly $500,000. All of the lots are unreserved!  The auction closes live with an auctioneer on our website and mobile Apps on February 18, 2020.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Though newspapers have seemingly become antiquated with digital media being much quicker and more economical in reaching its audience, there was certainly a time when printed news was everywhere. Whether on a stand at the local grocery store, in a vending box on the street corner, or piling up on your doorstep, newspapers were ubiquitous. So omnipresent were they that in Victorian England, newspapers were routinely used as a packaging into which one of the nation's savory staples—fish and chips—would be deposited.

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