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By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

I have discussed what makes an "old timer collection" in previous articles. The collection of colonial and early American coins formed by John L. Roper II was unquestionably one of the finest of the early-to-mid-twentieth century and has become a model for other collectors. The series he collected reflected the monetary history of the early colonial days of America, and his collection included many of the great rarities of the period.

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By James Matthews, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. Coins

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to offer an extraordinary, 1851-O Liberty double eagle in our upcoming New York Americana Sale in February. At the Uncirculated threshold, any 1851-O twenty is a prized condition rarity, as virtually the entire mintage of 315,000 pieces entered circulation during those heady days of the California Gold Rush. Today there are a handful of true Mint State coins known; this premium example is tied with eight other grading events for the finest seen by PCGS of this date and mint (duplication is likely within that number).

By Matt Quinn, Assistant Director of Currency

We are pleased to present one of the most important Canadian Banknote offerings we have handled, and a set that is likely missing from even advanced collections. This short-lived 1954 "Devil's Face" series displays the portrait vignette of Queen Elizabeth II at right with a hair styling that creates an easily discernible and sinister face.

By Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Welcome to 2014. The past year, 2013, has been a very fine one for numismatics. I hope that this was true for you as well. As I write these words, the market continued to be strong. Our sale of world and ancient coins at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City is just days away. After that the next event will be our Americana Sale in New York City in the first week of February. I plan to be there and look forward to seeing you if you attend. This is always a nice event -- coins from colonials to territorials, tokens and medals, and just about everything else. Plus, of course, federal coins.

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

A remarkably handsome example of the popular 1871-CC Liberty Half Eagle will be featured among many other notable highlights in our upcoming weekly iAuction 3462 ending on Sunday, January 5, at 7 PM (PT). 

Did you know Stack’s Bowers is the only collectibles company to be listed on the Fortune 500?

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