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By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. and World Coins

Among the many quality coins featured in our March 2012 Baltimore auction, we are pleased to offer lot 7840, a fresh to the market 1876-S double eagle. It was consigned to us raw, along with other coins that were put away decades ago. We submitted the coins for PCGS grading, and we were quite pleased with the results, especially on this item, as was assigned the MS-64 grade.

By Kent Ponterio, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to present The General M.S. Newton/Kenneth Bressett Collection, a highlight of our upcoming April 2012 Hong Kong Auction to be held at The Mira Hong Kong Hotel, from April 1 through April 4th. Check back on our website later on this week to view the online auction catalogue. To request your copy of the catalogue please give us a call at 800-458-4646 and ask for the Auction Services department.

By Christine Karstedt, Executive Vice President

Our March sale in Baltimore is just around the corner with sale dates including March 21st to the 24th. Held in conjunction with the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo, this is one of the most heavily attended auctions and shows of the year. We are pleased to present the return of Rarities Night where a steady stream of showstoppers will cross the block on the evening of March 22nd. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is known for showcasing old time collections and this sale will be no exception. I’ll provide more details shortly but I suggest you schedule your attendance today.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

“Nothing happens until somebody buys something.”

Or conversely,

“Nothing happens until somebody sells something.”

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

Part 1

I have received many requests to discuss the coin dealer atmosphere in New York in the early part of the 20th century. I have done several articles in recent years, to which this series can be added.

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. and World Coins

Among the wonderful collections highlighting our March Baltimore sale is an incredible selection of patterns that comprise the Samuel J. Berngard Collection. Mr. Berngard is a passionate collector who over the years has assembled several impressive collections that we have offered at auction (the most famous of which was his territorial gold collection sold in July 2008 just prior to the ANA convention in Baltimore). After the sale of his territorial gold coins, he decided to collect pattern coins; the rarity and the diverse nature of the designs enticed his numismatic senses.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

In 1916 New York City dealer Thomas L. Elder was one of the several leading American coin dealers and auctioneers. His interests were wide ranging, not only numismatics. Although he never had the time to write a book, he did pen many articles for his own magazine, for “The Numismatist” (as below), and elsewhere.

Elder was highly esteemed in his time and was considered to be among the most knowledgeable of professional numismatists. Here are some thoughts he shared way back when:

By Kent Ponterio, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

Among the many highlights to be offered at auction in Stack’s Bowers Ponterio April 1-4 Hong Kong auction is an extremely rare Soviet Government of Hunan Provinces star dollar. In terms of historical importance and numismatic rarity, this offering should be considered among the rarest and most significant coins offered in this auction. This type was documented within the numismatic community as early as March of 1937 by Duncan Raeburn. An article titled “Chinese Soviet Coins and Notes” clearly illustrates an example of this type in Vol.XXVI. No.3, March 1937 issue of the Bulletin of the Numismatic Society of China.