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Did you know that Stack’s Bowers Galleries distinguished staff of experts has over 1,250 years of combined experience?

Here are the answers to last week’s Test Your Knowledge! Did you pass the test? Check back next week for a new numismatic question.

Here are the answers to last week’s Test Your Knowledge! Did you pass the test? Check back next week for a new numismatic question.

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

It’s an exciting time for Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio, as we prepare for our April 2014 Hong Kong Showcase Auction. This week is a double feature, with two extremely rare coins with impeccable pedigrees that start with the famous Eduard Kann Collection — Coins of China, and continue to The Irving Goodman Collection of Chinese Coinage. Now these coins are offered at auction as part of the W&B Capital Collection and once they enter a new collection, it too will be elevated to legendary status.

By Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

As you read these words, I am putting the finishing touches on A Guide Book of Hard Times Tokens, to be published in 2015 by Whitman. I began this project in the 1970s, and have been working on it ever since. It is within a few months of completion. 

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

Generally speaking, it was rare for a young collector to encourage his father into collecting.  Usually in numismatics, collecting started with a grandfather, passed on to his son, and often the grandson continued the efforts, if he was interested. Some of this had to do with the economy of the 19th and 20th centuries. Senior relatives had the capital to buy and hold their numismatic items.  

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

Type II gold dollars were struck in just three years, 1854, 1855 and 1856, with the 1854 date issued only in Philadelphia and the 1856 date issued only in San Francisco. That leaves the middle date of the three, 1855, which was produced in Philadelphia, as well as at the branch mints in Charlotte, Dahlonega, and New Orleans. All of the dates are widely sought by both gold dollar collectors and type set devotees.

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist and Cataloger, U.S. Coins; based on the lot description by James Matthews, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. Coins.

Just when you think there are no more “fresh” coins coming into the numismatic marketplace, a stunning Proof 1886 half eagle from the James A. Stack Collection makes its first appearance in the auction arena.
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