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By Q. David Bowers, Founder

From The Coin Collector, Issue #124, March 11, 2002

Over the past couple of years I have had the pleasure of having my teenaged grandsons, John and Matthew, accompany me to numismatic conventions and other events, and even act as “interns” at Stack’s Bowers Galleries auctions. Of course, my youngest son, Andrew, has worked for the company for years, but he can hardly be considered a “kid.” 

Here is this week's Test Your Knowledge!  Can you Name that Coin? Check out Facebook or Twitter on Monday for the answer or wait until next week's email newsletter.  Good luck!

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist

We continue our recap of the January New York International Auction hosted by Stack’s Bowers Galleries by featuring another stellar performance, in this case a French gold uniface pattern essai 5 Franc depicting Napoleon III. This piece brought an astounding $24,675.00, well beyond the estimate range of $5,000 to $7,000. 

By Aris Maragoudakis, Currency Specialist

During our Rarities Auction, beginning at 2 PM on February 10, 2016 at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York City, we are offering a stunning 1918 $500 Federal Reserve Note from Cleveland. The note will be auctioned as lot 40 and carries an estimate between $20,000 and $30,000.

By James McCartney, Numismatist

The vibrant sunshine yellow surfaces of this Mint State Dahlonega rarity are complemented by subtle halos of teal-gold that embrace the motifs on both sides. Satiny luster glistens from the protected regions. Traces of planchet inconsistency (as made) are visible on the obverse under magnified scrutiny, but the surfaces are free from abrasions and deliver a truly premium aesthetic.

By Ben Orooji, Numismatist

A fascinating and under-studied group of exonumia is that of play money, coins and currency made to be used by children in play or in an educational setting. These items are distinct from game money used in the context of a board game, or gaming counters used by adults in card games or gambling, but are often grouped in incorrectly with this group. 

Far the finest known

A message from Q. David Bowers:

As the Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction of the D. Brent Pogue Collection Part III nears, I take the opportunity to comment on several things:

In the past year our Pogue I and II sales, held in partnership with Sotheby’s at their gallery in New York City, have electrified the numismatic world. From print coverage in countless newspapers, a special article in Forbes magazine, features on all the television networks in America, programs in Europe on the BBC, and 

Come and see Stack’s Bower Galleries at one of the many shows and auctions we have coming up.