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By Aris Maragoudakis, Director of World Currency Auctions

​Our recent excellent results from the February World Collectors Choice Online auction and last week’s March 2020 auction of United States coins and paper money have shown a tremendous amount of bidding taking place over our internet platforms. In the current challenging times caused by the novel coronavirus, the use of online bidding has allowed us to achieve the success that we would have expected from a full auction room at the height of the market.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​By now, the disruption and chaos created by COVID-19 is inescapable. While more and more states here in America continue to issue shelter at home orders in hope of stemming the tide, many people have seen their professions, livelihood, and overall daily habits placed on an indefinite pause. Amidst the uncertainty, it is important to remember that, as a planet, we are all in this together and that we have faced worldwide turmoil before. The global conflict that would come to be known as World War I was a defining moment in world history, marking a decided increase in the destruction and devastation that man could both wreak and endure.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​With only 197,250 pieces produced, the 1911 Saint-Gaudens double eagle has one of the lowest mintages among circulation strike issues of the entire series. However, perhaps more important than the original mintage is how many coins actually survived the meltings of the 1930s. It is likely that just 4,000 to 8,000 1911 double eagles remain in all Mint State grades today. The vast majority are in grades of MS-60 through MS-64, including a large portion of the Mint State examples that have been repatriated from European bank hoards in recent decades.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​H.A. Sternberg showed a very clever coin puzzle in The Numismatist in 1928.. "The trick is to take seven coins—half dollar, quarter dollar, nickel and four pennies, totaling 84 cents—and arrange them in two rows, five coins in each row, each row totaling 82 cents. Sounds impossible, but it can be done. Try it."

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

​1975 was a great year for the continued growth of Stack's. In January 1975, I (Harvey G. Stack) was appointed to be a Governor of the United States Assay Commission for 1976 – the year of the Bicentennial of our nation. I was appointed by President Gerald Ford and it was a great honor to be a part of this, a process that had been established for nearly 200 years. It was felt that this might be the last Assay Commission to be convened as there was no longer precious metal in United States coinage.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​​Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ remarkable offering of the D. Brent Pogue Collection Part VI – Masterpieces of United States Paper Money realized over $9.2 million during the firm’s March 2020 Auction, held at their Santa Ana headquarters Thursday, March 19. The prices realized for the 230 lots averaged more than $40,000 each and 27 notes brought six-figure results. For complete results, visit the Auction Archive at StacksBowers.com.  (All prices include the buyer’s fee).

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale of the D. Brent Pogue Collection, Masterpieces of U.S. Coinage Part VII realized $15,343,000 last week. Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and negative indicators, rare coins continued to shine at the Stack's Bowers Galleries March 2020 Auction in California. Nearly three years after Part V of the D. Brent Pogue Collection hit the market, the most valuable coin collection ever sold cemented its grip on the record books with more than $15 million in additional sales in tonight's session. To date, the Pogue Collection has realized $122,012,480 for the coins and $131,298,560 total, including the paper money collection sold on March 19.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​With a production run of 7,700,000 coins, the 1877-CC dime has long been a popular choice for type collectors seeking the smallest denomination struck at the Carson City Mint. It is readily available in most grades including lower Uncirculated, but it presents a significant challenge approaching Gem Mint State. Our March 2020 Auction features a desirable near-Gem example in lot 21496, certified MS-64 (NGC) and pedigreed to the E. Horatio Morgan Collection.