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Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Our January sale in New York City will have many highlights from the Cardinal Collection. One of the most important and historically interesting is a superb Gem 1792 silver half disme, said to have been originally owned by Mint Director David Rittenhouse. This provenance is derived from a Chapman sale of the early 20th century where four examples were thus described.

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

I remember many, many fine collectors who were part of my early days at Stack’s. These numismatists added greatly to my knowledge of coins and to my experiences in the hobby. One such collector was Clifford T. Welhman.

By Todd McKenna, Numismatist

This week we highlight one of the most sought after rarities minted during the Mexican Revolution. The 1915 Suriana 2 Pesos was produced in the state of Guerrero, which had been a hotbed of rebellion since the onset of the revolution in 1910 and had even been home to minor rebellions against the government of Porfirio Diaz since the 1870s. During the period this coin was struck, the Ejercito Libertador del Sur controlled the area under the leadership of Emiliano Zapata. By this point in the constantly evolving political landscape of the revolution, Victoriano Huerta had resigned the Presidency of Mexico and hostilities between the combined forces of Venustiano Carranza and Alvaro Obregon against Francisco “Pancho” Villa had broken out. This left Zapata alone in the south defending the lands under his control without making further strides to gain more territory.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Welcome to my current commentary. Among the many highlights of the Cardinal Educational Foundation Collection is a superb 1793 Chain AMERICA cent, variety Sheldon-2. Graded MS-65 BN by PCGS, this is either the finest or runner up to that position, per research done by Jeff Ambio (you’ll enjoy the detailed description when you see it in print!). This gem is a fitting companion to the memorable 1793 S-9 Wreath cent I discussed last week.

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

A collector of gold coins in the 1960s and 1970s, Ronald Lyle selected areas that sparked his interest in history. We at Stack’s Bowers and Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio are pleased to have been selected to offer his collection to a new generation of numismatists in our official auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo in November.

By Matt Quinn, Assistant Director of Currency

Small-size Gold Certificates have been quite popular with collectors as of late even though there is virtually a single series date available. These notes, payable in gold coin, are observed with 1928, 1928A and 1934 Series dates although the latter two were not issued. The abrupt halt of the use of gold in any form as money was brought about when Executive Order 6102 was passed on April 5, 1933. This prohibited the holding of gold, gold coins and Gold Certificates, making only small exceptions for collector coins and jewelry. The Gold Reserve Act of January 1934 raised the gold bullion price to $35 from $20.67 and more effectively ended the use of gold as money.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

As I write these words I am contemplating and looking forward to the next Whitman Coins and Collectibles Expo in Baltimore. The show opens to the public on Thursday, November 15, and continues on Friday and Saturday. Our auction sessions begin on Wednesday, November 14. There are several highlights, of which I will mention two in particular.
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