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By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

I first became a full-time employee of Stack’s when the firm was located at 12 West 46th Street in Midtown Manhattan. Prior to that I had pitched in part-time at the previous address, 32 West 46th Street, and as a mere youngster I had known our facility at 690 Sixth Street as well.

By Bruce Roland Hagen, Senior Research Numismatist

The auctioneers at our March 15, 2013 paper money session in Baltimore had the undivided attention of all bidders, floor and Internet, over the course of 924 lots as just over $2 million was sold in our strongest Baltimore paper money auction yet. The often frenetic bidding activity sometimes slowed things a bit, but many notes had multiple room bidders and several more on the internet. The Obsolete Currency section was especially active and was easily the most exciting offering sold since our ANA sale last August.

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and PonterioApril 2013 Hong Kong Auction contains a staggering amount of Modern Chinese coinage, over 400 lots! These include the always desirable Panda Series, the unique Unicorn Series, and various other commemorative sets. The iconic Lunar Series, complete with majestic animal imagery and impressive architectural motifs, always draws a crowd when offered at auction. The Chinese Lunar Zodiac assigns each year in a 12 year cycle a representative animal and various attributes to said animal. Everyone born in that year is said to display traits and behaviors similar to that animal. The wise Snake and independent Horse are the features for this week, and these exciting Lunar Series pieces are sure to inspire.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

There is room for one in your library.
Did you know that Stack’s Bowers is the only official auctioneer of the American Numismatic Association this year?
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Article by John Salyer, Numismatist and Cataloger, U.S. Coins. Based on the lot description by James Matthews, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. Coins

Our recent March Baltimore auction produced some outstanding prices realized, not least of which was the amazing total of $117,500 paid for a beautiful 1912 Saint-Gaudens ProofDouble Eagle, graded PR-66 by PCGS and CAC. From a tiny mintage of just 74 pieces, this coin is one of the finest survivors from that small group.