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Written by Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

This week we feature a very interesting ancient Roman coin of the young emperor Hadrian R. 117 – 138 A.D from the Robert O. Ebert Collection. Hadrian was the adopted son and successor to the Emperor Trajan. Trajan’s military conquests, though precarious to maintain, won him valor and renown in the eyes of the Roman populace. To solidify the transition of power from his predecessor, Trajan, to himself, Hadrian participated in a tradition set forth since the beginnings of the Roman Empire. After Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, died, his successor deified Augustus, turning him into a god. This set a precedent, if the Emperor was deemed “good” he was deified, and if he was bad (Nero) he was condemned to Damnatio Memoriae – literally damning his memory. Since Trajan was well established as a good emperor, Hadrian was quick to deify Trajan.

Written by Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist and Consignment Director, US and World Coins

With the holiday season upon us, the entire team here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries is gearing up for a busy December and January. We hope that you will join us for some of the exciting goings on; it will certainly be an historic January for us.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

As I write these words I have fond memories of our recent auction at the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore. Actually, make that plural, auctions! What with several catalogs and, in some instances, two sessions running simultaneously, it was a dynamic event all by itself -- never mind that one of America’s most active coin conventions, complete with a large bourse, was going on at the same time.

By John Salyer, Cataloger & Numismatist, U.S. Coins

Among the many impressive prices realized at our recent Official Auction of the November 2012 Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo is the sum of $431,250 paid for lot 6002, the famous New England sixpence rarity from the John "Jack" Royse Collection. The coin was sold as part of our first ever Early American Coin Session held in conjunction with the annual convention of The Colonial Coin Collectors’ Club (C4). Prior to this event not a single example of this noteworthy numismatic rarity had been offered at public auction since 1991, when we (Stack's) acquired this same coin from a Sotheby’s sale for $35,200. The recent price realized of $431,250 is certainly impressive, and may even be a record for a New England sixpence.
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By Greg Cohen, Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. and World Coins

Among the many rare and historic numismatic items that are set to cross the auction block in our January 2013 New York International Numismatic Convention Sale is a choice British Shilling, struck during the Siege of Ponterfract in 1648. This scarce coin is made even more so by its outstanding quality, graded AU-50 by NGC.
Ron Gillio is Buying PCGS Certified Coins in Paris!

Written by Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

As many collectors and government enforcement agencies know, counterfeiting was quite extensive after World War II. Actually, in 1941 through 1945, counterfeit United States paper money was produced by Germany and Japan in an attempt to undermine the integrity of U.S. currency. This false currency was very deceptive and became so prolific that the U.S. government had to issue special notes to circulate in Europe and also in the Far East. In Europe they changed the Treasury seal to gold. In the Far East, they surcharged the reverse with the overprint of “HAWAII.” These measures seemed to substantially reduce the quantity of false currency and the value of the “mighty dollar” remained strong.