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Test your knowledge this week! Name that numismatic building!

By Aris Maragoudakis, World Currency Director

​Our upcoming Official World Paper Money auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in August is developing into an incredible offering, even during these times when our ability to meet in person or at conventions is severely limited. However, as we have continuously improved upon our website, mobile applications and software, we are able to provide more and more of our services online, while also continuing to reach out via telephone and other more traditional means as we are able. We are always ready to adapt to  the changing times in order to provide our clients with incomparable personal service.​

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Outside of an Athenian “owl,” there may be no more desired—and iconic—coinage from antiquity than that featuring one of the most successful military commanders in history, Alexander III of Macedon—often known simply as Alexander the Great. Born in 356 B.C. to Philip II, king of Macedon, at age 20 Alexander would inherit his father’s realm and stature within the Hellenic world following the assassination of Philip by his personal bodyguard in 336 B.C. Despite his relative youth, he was ready to take the reigns of power, having been well trained and tutored as a boy by the famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle. Philip’s well-trained army was a vital component to Alexander’s grand plans, as the new king sought to achieve what his father had sought—a Greek conquest of Persia. Just five years later, the mighty Darios III and his Achaemenid Empire—stretching from North Africa to what is the modern-day western border of India—was defeated.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​​The Proof 1958 Franklin half dollar is a modern rarity that presents a severe challenge to specialists seeking the highest grade levels. With only 875,652 Proof half dollars struck, the 1958 is the lowest mintage issue from the second half of the series, which would eventually reach a height of 3.21 million coins struck in 1962. While common in low grades, it is a significant condition rarity that faced issues with both production quality and preservation.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​In looking through Numismatic Scrapbook  Vol. 1, No. 6, published by Lee F. Hewitt in November 1935, I was captivated by a brief article by Robert K. Botsford  titled “Health and Happiness in a Hobby.” Coincidentally, Mr. Botsford was important to me during my early days in collecting and dealing coins in the mid-1950s. From his Pennsylvania home he wrote me many letters about how a young man should conduct his business affairs properly, adding his personal observations about the market and human characteristics in general.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​The June 2020 Auction featuring the Francesca Collection of United States Gold Coins and Other Important Properties is now online at StacksBowers.com. To view the online auction sessions, visit Auctions.StacksBowers.com.  To download your free PDF copy of the catalog to your computer or mobile device, visit our Catalog Library or click here.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know that Stack’s Bowers Galleries is offering the Big Sky Collection of Montana Tokens, Part I, as part of their June 2020 Collectors Choice Online Auction?

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

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