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By Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

The auction that Stack’s Bowers Galleries held on March 21 through 24 with the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Baltimore Expo saw enthusiastic bidding activity from beginning to end, noted vice president Christine Karstedt. “The sale was extremely well received and bidding activity was at a high. The internet competed heavily with the full gallery and the busy phone bank which kept everyone on the edge of their seats as to from where the winning bid would come. Also, we had a wonderful reception to the rebirth of our Rarities sales, an old-time tradition established by Bowers and Merena many years ago.”

By Bruce Roland Hagen, Senior Research Numismatist and Matt Quinn, Director of Currency

Stack’s Bowers Galleries March auction in Baltimore provided excitement on all fronts and as usual the paper money session held on Friday March 23, 2012 was no exception. Crossing the auction block were 1,025 lots from all American genres from the Colonial era to modern Small Size currency. Total sales of $1,905,589.10 (including the 15% buyer’s charge) were realized from 948 sold lots and boasting a 92.7% sell through. The sale featured many fresh collections offered without reserve, and unprecedented early bidding prior to Friday saw many lots opening at or above estimate already.

By James Matthews, Senior Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. Coins

Beautiful NGC AU-58 Offered as Lot 4051 in Rarities Night Event Realizes $212,750

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

Service to clients has always been a Stack’s creed. For example, during the slate 1940s and on into the late 1970s, collectors always visited us to fill in the present or previous years of our current coinage. In other words, these valued customers came to Stack’s rather than go through the somewhat cumbersome steps of ordering from the Treasury Department.

By Todd McKenna, Numismatist

Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio is pleased to present an excellent example of the first dollar struck at the Pei Yang Arsenal (L&M-439; K-181). A very rare issue dated to the twenty-second year of Emperor Kuang Hsu (1896), this coin was produced just after the First Sino-Japanese War at a time when supervision of the arsenal had transferred to the Governor General of Chihli, Wang Wen-shao. During the first few years of minting at Pei Yang denominations of coinage were produced using the decimal system.

By Christine Karstedt, Executive Vice President

Our team is here in Baltimore preparing for our spectacular auction and we look forward to a very active convention. Lot viewing has been a hotbed of activity so we anticipate some great results.

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

As I write these words most eyes in the numismatic world are on our March 2012 auction in Baltimore, Maryland, where much of our staff is hard at work bringing great numismatic items – coins, medals, paper money, tokens, and the like – to the public in what promises to be one of the “hottest” auctions of the year. As a cataloger, however, my thoughts are always on the future, keeping me wondering from day to day what new treasure I may have the opportunity to catalog.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

As I write these words I am contemplating not one, not two, but three catalogs for our April 2012 Hong Kong auction. These are divided into as many categories. One catalog is for modern coins—generally pieces minted in our own generation or not too much earlier, with many interesting designs. Some of these are very familiar, the Chinese panda coins being an example, and others are less so. A great panorama of interesting issues in silver and gold awaits you, all very nicely delineated in the catalog and on the Internet.