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By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Having a native population going back some 60,000 years, Australia was first discovered by Europeans when the Dutch arrived in the early 17th century. A century later, the British arrived and in turn claimed half of the continent for themselves. The initial colony established there was New South Wales, and the British utilized this outpost as a penal colony to which the dominion's convicts could be sent. Not just prisoners would populate this southern realm, however, as the number of inhabitants in general grew rapidly in the late 17th- and early 18th centuries.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​The gold coins issued by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or the Mormons, are among the most prized and elusive relics of the Western Gold Rush era. Produced at the Deseret Assay Office in Salt Lake City, these coins were struck periodically from 1848 through 1861 using gold sourced from California and Colorado. Variances in weight and fineness drove many of these to be melted in the decades following their production, leaving few survivors to be cherished by collectors today.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Last week we asked "What coin from the Garrett Collection held the record for the most expensive coin sold for nearly a decade. The answer: The 1787 Brasher Doubloon with EB on the Wing. Check back next week for another Test Your Knowledge.

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

​In 1981, public auction sales maintained some equilibrium on the market, and for Stack's the quantity and quality of the sales improved from January to December, indicating how the numismatic hobby was recovering after a tough start to the year.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Welcome to our December 2020 Auction, a magnificent finale to our 2020 Showcase Auction season. This past year has shown the continued passion and enthusiasm of the numismatic community despite unprecedented challenges. We are thrilled to present this auction amid incredible market strength, as demonstrated by our many successful auctions in recent months.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know the Stack’s Bowers Galleries California headquarters is moving?  Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of our new headquarters in Costa Mesa, California. The new space has been designed specifically for Stack’s Bowers Galleries to meet the needs of our growing firm. In addition to being larger and state of the art, the facility will feature an auction room and a dedicated lot viewing space.

By Christopher Dahncke

​Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present a scarce Costa Rica P-S151 1895 1 Peso note graded Very Fine 25 by PMG in our January 2021 auction. PMG has encapsulated just six examples of this 1 Peso note, and this is the finest graded by their service. Light blue and dark orange ink offers eye appealing, enhanced by wide margins. A vignette of one woman is at center, with another woman holding a basket at left, while an agricultural scene is featured at right. The reverse displays an intricate design in dark blue ink. PMG comments "Stains Lightened." PMG Pop 1/None Finer.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Stack's Bowers Galleries is excited to announce the sale of the Oro del Nuevo Mundo Collection in our January 2021 auction, to be held January 15-16 as an officially sanctioned auction of the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC).  The collection represents one of the most significant offerings of Latin American coinage within recent memory, consisting of "Onza"-sized gold coins that span Latin America's colonial period through many Republics.