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By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

The Reed Hawn Collection of United States Coins was outstanding, an assemblage not duplicated for many years. The items were carefully acquired, after years of research, from the many great collections that were marketed during that time. The Reed Hawn Collection featured a superb offering of U.S. coins from the small cent to the silver dollar with the half dollar series being among the choicest to be offered in that period. 

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By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

All of us here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries hope you had a nice holiday weekend! We are already looking forward to our next major auction event, our official auction at the New York International Numismatic Convention. It will be an exciting sale, so stay tuned for previews between now and the start of the auction on January 9th. Today’s preview comes to us from the ancient trade city of Cyzicus. Located in the Mysia region, which is found on the northwest coast of Anatolia, Cyzicus was ideally situated between the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus.

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

Magician’s coins. We’ve all seen them, and some collectors – yours truly included – actually own a few of them in various “denominations.” A magician’s coin is typically a pair of mismatched denominations, often a cent and a dime, each with one side planed off and then paired back-to-back so it appears the coin has changed denominations when in the hands of a skilled prestidigitator.

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

A truly amazing PCGS-certified 1990 “No S” Deep Cameo Proof Lincoln cent is a highlight of our current iAuction sale #3510. It is thought that only a few hundred examples of this rarity were struck before the gaffe was noticed and the die replaced; fortunately for today’s Lincoln cent specialists, enough were released in sets that the pursuit of a specimen is not out of the realm of possibilities. 

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

More than 114 years ago this appeared in The Numismatist, contributed by Jonathan Oldbuck. Sounds like a nom de plume, but it is a bit too late to find out!

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The weekly iAuctions here at Stack’s Bowers are a great source for collectible coins within a reasonable budget! Every month (closing on the first Sunday of the month) these iAuctions will contain World and/or Ancient coins, with the inclusion of some notable highlights such as this piece, a very nice Hungarian Taler issued by the Holy Roman Emperor Matthias II. 

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on lot description by Kyle Ponterio, Numismatist & Consignment Director, World Coins

All collectors of Philippines coins will be watching during the Stack’s Bowers Galleries New York International Numismatic Convention Sale as we present the Ray Czahor Collection of items related to this historic and sometimes overlooked area. The Philippines have a very interesting history, being a colony of the Spanish Crown for two centuries, before being taken over by the United States in 1901.