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By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​Shield nickels are a largely underappreciated series among 19th century U.S. coinage. They represent America’s inaugural attempt at a nickel five-cent coin, a format that remains a staple in daily commerce to the present day. First introduced in 1866 upon the conclusion of the Civil War, the Shield nickel was issued for just 17 years but produced a tremendous amount of fascinating and rare varieties.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Last week we asked you what type, series, and Friedberg Number was the banknote we showed. Thank you for checking back. If you answered a $100 Treasury Note, Series of 1891, Fr. 378, then you were correct. Check back for more next week!

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

​Our stellar series of 1982 auction sales continued in March, when Princeton University consigned a substantial collection of world gold and silver coins to raise funds to expand a variety of library services. In addition, other consignments of United States coins brought the lot count for this event to 1,484 lots.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Stack’s Bowers Galleries has several upcoming consignment deadlines. If you are interested in consigning to one of our sales, please review the dates below and contact us at [email protected].

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know that Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Social Media accounts have experiences extreme growth over the past three years, thanks to our clients? If you are not familiar with our Social Media accounts, here’s some information for you.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​The 1905 Liberty Head half eagle is an underrated 20th century issue that is desirable at all levels of preservation. A mintage of only 302,200 makes it scarcer than many late-date issues, representing a steep drop from the 392,000 Philadelphia strikes of 1904. While readily available in lower Mint State grades, the 1905 is seldom encountered finer than MS-65 and PCGS estimates just 55 distinct specimens survive in Gem and above.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​As the first great conflict to serve as a focal point for much of the world, it is not surprising that World War I is commemorated by means of medallic art. The countries on each side, whether the allies or the central powers, issued medals ranging from poignant to propagandistic. Solemn reflections upon lives lost and towns ravaged were commonplace, as were images of force and strength—even if not entirely accurate; the narrative, after all, was that which was most vital.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Test your knowledge this week and answer this question! What is the denomination, type, series and Friedberg# of this U.S. banknote?

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