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By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is excited to offer The Craig Collection of Korean Chatelaines and Charms in our upcoming April 2014 Hong Kong Showcase Auction. Exhibited here is the flagship piece of the collection, an impressive, ornate and colorful Chatelaine. These items are believed to be gifts given to brides on their wedding days, and contain charms, amulets, and coins to offer protection and good luck. 

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

Once every few years, our numismatists come across a collection of equal parts historical and numismatic value. Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to offer one such collection in our April 2014 Hong Kong Showcase Auction — The Arthur Cox Collection of Ferracute Machine Company Archival Material. This monumental collection is brought to this auction by Arthur Cox, an art teacher and recreational historian of his hometown of Bridgeton, New Jersey. His passion for craftsmanship and his place of origin led to his fascination with the Ferracute Machine Company, one of the major companies in Bridgeton. The Ferracute Machine Company produced machinery that formed and shaped metal, which eventually led them to produce minting machinery.

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

In the earlier parts of this story, I have been discussing how the combination of numismatics and philanthropy satisfied the collecting desires and charitable nature of Ellis Robison. He assembled landmark collections that were notable for two reasons: first for the scope of each collection and auction, and second for how the funds were used to benefit institutions of higher learning.

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

The Robison Collection, which I have be discussing for the past few weeks was one of the more complete collections of United States gold, silver and copper. Stack's offered it at public auction in late 1979 and in 1982. The proceeds from each of these sales benefitted athletics and education in various institutions of learning. The coins were sold for the benefit of Cornell University, Brown University, Rensselaer Polytechnic, and Russell Sage College. 

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. Congratulations Cooper Magnus Simpson for participating in the Test Your Knowledge Facebook Challenge!  Cooper won Q. David Bowers FREE autographed book, “Collecting Rare Coins for Pleasure and Profit.”

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By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

High denomination large size type notes are always popular with collectors and most are among the great all-time notes in our hobby. This week's edition of "Better Know Your Notes" looks at the $500 Legal Tender Notes of 1874 to 1880 and Union General Joseph King Mansfield whose portrait appears on those notes.