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By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries CEO, Greg Roberts, was inducted into the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame?  Every year, PCGS inducts a small handful of distinguished dealers into the Hall of Fame.  Congratulations Greg on receiving this prestigious honor!

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Test Your Knowledge this week and see if you can guess who he is and why he is important in numismatics.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​The Bronze 1943 Lincoln cent is perhaps the most famous Mint Error to ever emerge from the United States Mint. Just about 20 distinct examples are known from the Philadelphia Mint and they are highly prized at all grade levels. When the U.S. mints switched to zinc-coated steel planchets in 1943, it is supposed that a small quantity of bronze planchets from 1942 were somehow caught up in the folds of the delivery carts. These blank planchets worked their way loose and were fed through the presses along with the new steel cent planchets, creating this famous rarity.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Much like the American pastime poker often involving some friendly monetary wagering, so too it is for Mahjong in a large portion of the Far East. Though playing cards have been around for over a millennium, likely being introduced in the 9th century A.D. (coincidentally enough, during China's Tang dynasty), the game of Mahjong likely had its debut during China's final imperial family, the Qing dynasty in the mid-18th century. Involving 144 tiles with various symbols and Chinese characters, it is generally played with four players employing a turn-based strategy and may have derived from an earlier game known as Mah-tiae ("hanging horse").

By Christopher Dahncke, Currency Auction Associate

​Our upcoming October Hong Kong sale features a vast array of paper money from China and Hong Kong, among which is a Hong Kong P-240c 1941 50 Dollars note issued by the Mercantile Bank of India Limited (lot 50277). A scarcer date, 1941, is found on this note, adding to the appeal. This piece displays still bright color and detail that stands out for the technical grade. Two printed signatures are found on the face, along with two serial numbers on the back. At left is a portrait vignette, along with rayed under-print in blue, yellow, green and purple. A vignette seen of a man at left, and also in the watermark on the right of the note.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​As we enter the last quarter of 2020, an unprecedented year in many ways, here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries we are pleased to report that our auction events and other facets of our business continue to achieve success upon success.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Yes you can! And quite inexpensively as well! There is, of course, a good reason why this is so easy to do. That’s because the year 1816 is the only one in the history of United States coinage from 1793 to date when just one denomination was struck, the copper one-cent piece. Despite being the only 1816-dated coins struck, examples are plentiful today and are affordable, even including in higher grades.​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries is offering the Steve Studer Collection in our November 2020 auction? This collection will cross the block November 10-14, 2020, in Newport Beach, California at the Balboa Bay Resort.  To learn more about Steve Studer continue reading below.

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