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Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

This week I mention another of my favorite series, a favorite of many others as well: Walking Liberty half dollars or, if you prefer, call them Liberty Walking half dollars. When first introduced in 1916 the official news release of the mint said that Miss Liberty was “striding.” Whatever she is doing, she is moving forward with a brilliant sun in the distance. Dressed in a flowing gown and holding a star spangled cape, she epitomizes classic art. The sculptor-artist, Adolph A. Weinman, was famous in his time and for coins also designed the 1916 “Mercury” dime. This was a year of great change, and to these two motifs can be added Hermon MacNeil’s Standing Liberty quarter.

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

In the quarter series he owned outstanding early dates such as 1796, an 1804 in Mint State, together with the early dates before 1807, the Capped Bust series from 1818 to 1825 in Mint State. In Proof he had l827 and l842 Small Date. He had virtually all the Liberty Seated quarters in Mint State including 1871-CC. 1873-CC No Arrows, 1878-S and 1891-O to mention a few. He also had a full set of Barber coinage in Mint State and /or Proof, as well as the Standing Liberty coins. It was a super collection to have.

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

Just one month remains before the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio auction at the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo. Imperial Russia provides the highlight coin for this week, a rare gold 10 Ruble. Emperor Alexander III was seen as a physically imposing and less refined member of the House of Romanov, who veered away from his father’s liberal and elegant nature. It is said that Alexander embraced his lack of elegance, as he enjoyed being of the same rough nature as some of his subjects. Alexander was styled “The Peacemaker” for the achievement of avoiding any major wars during his reign. His son, Emperor Nicholas II, would rule as the last Emperor of Russia.
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By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. and World Coins. Based on the description of the coin by Michael Hodder, which originally appeared in our (Stack’s) sale of the Ford Collection of Massachusetts Silver Coins, October 2005, lot 1.

The history of American numismatics is relatively short, with coins struck in what is now the United States first made in 1652. It is in that year, during a tumultuous era in English history, that the Massachusetts Bay Colony was granted permission by Parliament in London to strike coinage for circulation. Out of that legislation came the Massachusetts silver coinage popular with collectors today. The first permutations of this coinage were the “NE” or New England coins: simple designs, with the letters “NE” on one side, and the denomination (threepence, sixpence, or shilling, represented as 12 pence) in Roman numerals on the other. A small number were minted, but due to their simplistic designs, counterfeiting became an issue, and they were soon replaced by the “Willow Tree” coins.
Ring in the New Year by selling your coins or collection through one of Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ exciting auctions. Our first auction of the year is the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio official auction of the New York International Numismatic Convention, being held at the Waldorf Astoria from January 10-11, 2014. Be a part of this landmark event by consigning your ancient and world coins and paper money by October 15th.
Did you know that The Heath Literary Award for excellence in writing was bestowed on our own Q. David Bowers by the ANA?