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By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

When I left off last week I was discussing how the entire landscape of gold double eagle ($20) collecting was changed by first Franklin Roosevelt’s recall of gold coins in 1933 and by the examples that were eventually found in overseas banks and hoards in the 1950s and later. 
Do you have a question about anything numismatic? Want to know what’s going on here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries? If so, send your inquiries to [email protected] and get a response to your important questions from our team of experts! 

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

On January 19, 1915, the Rochester Numismatic Association held its third annual dinner at the Hotel Rochester. A report was filed in the March 1915 issue of The Numismatist, and included the entire text of the speech entitled “The Hobby Best Worth While,” made by Mr. Harry E. Montgomery of Buffalo, New York. The speech is excerpted below:

By Aris Maragoudakis, Currency Specialist

This November in Baltimore at our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo we will offer a large size 1919 25 Lire note from Italy. The note is graded PMG 45 Choice Extremely Fine. This pleasing and scarce note from the Bank of Italy is among the most special notes any Italian collector can acquire.

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Thank you for your interest in our ongoing series of auctions of the D. Brent Pogue Collection. If you have been a part of the first two auctions of the Pogue Collection – as a bidder, buyer, or interested bystander – we encourage you to continue. You will be part of numismatic history in the making.

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

The upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo will feature a stunning Fr. 271 1899 $5 Silver Certificate graded Superb Gem New 68 PPQ by PCGS. This note is the single finest Fr. 271 to be graded by PCGS. Furthermore, the note is one of only four out of more than 2,500 $5 “Indian Chiefs” graded by PCGS to achieve the PCGS Gem New 68 PPQ grade.

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries official world coin auction of Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo contains a wide variety of exceptional numismatic collectibles. The coin we feature here hails from northern Italy during the Napoleonic era, a silver Scudo di Lire Sei (Scudo of 6 Lire) from an exciting if tumultuous period in history. Napoleon formed this client state in 1797, though it fell to an invading Austro-Russian Army just two years later. 

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger. Based on the lot description by Jeff Ambio, Vice President of Numismatics & Auction Catalog Production

While never issued for circulation and by all definitions a pattern coin, the Stella's inclusion over the years in the Guide Book has made the denomination an essential part of a complete gold type set. Today, most Stellas are found either impaired or well preserved. Many appear to have ended up as jewelry or as pocket pieces, with some apocryphal accounts even placing these worn coins in the hands of proprietors of Washington's many "houses of ill repute," though this claim has not been reasonably proven.