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By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In issue #11 of The Coin Collector (a newspaper published by Bowers and Merena in the 1990s and 2000s), I wrote a lead article titled, “On Being a Smart Buyer” that is reprinted here.

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Though the live sessions of the Stack’s Bowers Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo are about to close there are still many numismatic opportunities to be found in the Internet Only Sessions. A plethora of interesting Ancient and World coins can all be found in the Internet Session D, starting Tuesday November 10th at 10:00 AM PT. 

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

The live Internet session of the Stack’s Bowers November Baltimore Currency Auction will be held Monday, November 9 beginning at 10:00 AM PT. The session will feature 298 lots of United States currency including Colonial and Continental Currency, Obsolete Banknotes, Confederate Currency, Large and Small Size Currency, National Banknotes and more. 

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Assistant Production Manager

The final quarter of the 19th century was designated by author Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, as the Gilded Age. A frenzy of rapid industrialization and increased wages created an environment of relative affluence and luxury that America had not yet experienced in its scant 100 years of existence. Marked by a proliferation of technology, railroads, labor unions and immigration, the expanding economy spurred a need for circulating currency to fuel the growth. 

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries is auctioning space collectibles from the ‘Shenzhou 1’ in our December 8-9, 2015, Hong Kong auction? These items were stored in the cabin of and traveled into space aboard ‘Shenzhou 1’, China’s first space ship in 1999. Returning to the Earth from space, each piece was examined and certified by The People’s Republic of China Beijing Notary Office. Each piece is government-certified, individually serial numbered, contains a unique code and has a Notary certificate examined and issued by “Beijing Notary Public Office of the People’s Republic of China.” 

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By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

A recent trip to one of my favorite internet auction services produced a 1943 steel cent in Mint State. Though it is not a rare item by any stretch of the imagination, the coin I now own is housed in a faintly tattered manila paper envelope which reads: 

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

The D. Brent Pogue Collection is laden with the rarest of the rare, the finest of the fine. Of all 18th century federal coins, few can eclipse this in terms of numismatic rarity. The 1794 No Pole to Cap half cent is rare in all grades. In MS-67, as offered here it will be forever remembered as one of the most famous, most rare American coins to be sold in our lifetime. In error Engraver Robert Scot omitted the pole to the Liberty Cap. The number of coins minted is not known, but the production may have been only in the hundreds.