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By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

This week’s iAuction highlight is a truly rare coin: a Proof striking of the 1846 half dollar offered as lot 21061. All Proofs of this date feature the Medium Date logotype. Reflective fields and somewhat satiny devices display a touch of contrast and light toning. 

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Part 2: 1896 Anna Williams Marries

The Numismatist, May 1896, printed this item:

“To Marry A Goddess, the Young Lady Whose Profile Appears on Uncle Sam’s Silver Dollars: 

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Stack’s 1993 sale of the Reed Hawn Collection had one of most extensive offerings of choice, rare and pedigreed coins gathered by a single numismatist to be sold in that decade. Reed Hawn’s earlier collection also had great rarities and high quality pieces, but in gathering the first collection Reed had increased his skills in grading and finding great eye appeal. 

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

We’ve all seen them in our favorite convenience store and elsewhere, those little plastic “put a penny, take a penny” trays next to the cash register. Your bill came to $2.01? Take a penny from the tray and pay the cashier. At your next stop the cost was $1.99; put that penny change in the tray for the next person who needs it. 

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

From the Rockaway Collection, an impressive offering of German States crowns and talers, comes lot 3633 in our NYINC auction, a lovely Choice AU example of the popular “Three Brothers” type. Ornately engraved on both sides, the obverse features the half-length portraits of Friedrich II, Albrecht & Christian, who jointly ruled as margraves of Brandenburg-Ansbach from 1625-1634. 

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

The collecting bug bit V.L. Norris at an early age, aided by a father who collected coins and currency and who gave him a Fugio cent nearly 40 years ago. “I was really fascinated by the age of the coin and to think that the coin could have possibly been held by George Washington or Thomas Jefferson,” said Norris. “I researched that coin a lot and it really got me started.”

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on the description by John M. Pack, Executive Director of Consignments

Starting with the first Americana Sale in January 1998, important “exonumia” has been a focal point in these auction events. Our 2015 Americana sale is no different, with important consignments of medals and tokens taking center stage. Recently we presented a Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal and this week, we highlight an important piece of Civil War numismatic Americana.