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By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​​Henrik Holt Christensen will be at the Berlin World Money Fair in Germany and would be happy to discuss consigning to one of our upcoming auctions. He will be available at the show from Friday morning, January 31 through Sunday evening, February 2. Find him at Table P12-13 or let him know where he can find you. Henrik can also be reached by text at cell: (+1) 402 890 2490. After the show closes, Henrik will be in Berlin until Tuesday, February 4 and is available for appointments with collectors.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Though neither pugilistic technique—be it in boxing or in MMA (mixed martial arts)—nor the idea of pay-per-view are anything new, these concepts weren't always the case in the world of combat sports and entertainment. Prior to the late 18th century, boxers generally stood still, attempting to land blow after blow on their opponent until one fighter was left standing; no attempts were made to act defensively or in anticipation.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​The half dime is significant as the first denomination struck by the United States Mint, starting with the "small beginning" of 1,500 half dismes delivered to Thomas Jefferson on July 13, 1792. The next issue of half dimes featured the Flowing Hair type designed by Robert Scot. While the dies for 1794 half dimes were ready by year's end, they were not put into service until 1795. All told, 86,416 Flowing Hair half dimes were struck that year, of which 78,660 were dated 1795. In 1796, the obverse was replaced with the Draped Bust motif.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​This week, see if you can correctly guess the date and denomination of the coin shown. Check back next week to see if you got the correct answer.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​It is difficult to give any general advice about collecting; it is a matter of taste. If one means to become a collector, and not merely a possessor, it is wisest to choose perhaps a somewhat limited field. To collect everything numismatic means to acquire much that does not interest, and therefore one often becomes discouraged. The more acquired the more one finds there is to be gotten, and the farther one seems to be from a constantly receding goal.

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

​One of the fascinating notes we have encountered while cataloging the incredible D. Brent Pogue Collection of United States Paper Money is a Fr.223 1891 $1 “Martha Washington” Silver Certificate that was courtesy autographed by United States Treasurer Daniel Nash Morgan and presented by him to famed currency collector Albert A. Grinnell.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​​Our January 2020 Collectors Choice Sale is now online! Check out StacksBowers.com to view nearly 700 lots of U.S. coins and U.S. currency worth nearly $500,000. Over 95% of the lots are unreserved!  The auction closes live with an auctioneer on our website and mobile Apps on January 29, 2020. Our U.S. Currency session will begin at 9 AM PT followed by our Bullion and Semi Numismatic Coin session at 10:30AM PT. The sale concludes with our U.S. Coin session at 11 AM PDT. 

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know there is still an opportunity to buy lots from Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ official auction of the New York International Numismatic Convention?  The live and internet sessions may be over, but we are happy to offer you a listing of some of the lots that did not meet opening bid/reserve.  Simply click on the link below, review the list and respond to [email protected] by listing the lot(s) in which you have an interest.