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Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries Internet-only sessions now allow for live bidding?  Beginning with this week’s Portland, ANA auction our Internet-only sessions will now be presented in the same format as our live Showcase auctions!  Each lot will be opened and closed in lot number order and allow for live bidding, using the same iBid Live platform as our live auctions.  For more details click here.   

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

As I write this story of the J.W. Schmandt Collection it is February 2015 and the continuous snow the Northeast has received over three weekends in a row inspired me to write about this famous collection, sold by Stack's in February 1957, during one of the worst winters in New York since the blizzard of 1888.

Here is this week's Test Your Knowledge question! Answer correctly in the comments section and be entered in a drawing for a free Stack’s Bowers Galleries coin storage box! The answer will be revealed next week! Can't wait for the next email newsletter? Visit us on Facebook or Twitter for the answer on Monday!

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

In 1934, three hub types were used to prepare dies for the quarter dollar: the Light Motto (seen here), the Medium Motto, and the Heavy Motto. The Light Motto variety gets its name from the extremely weak details in IN GOD WE TRUST and is the scarcest of the three. 

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

In 1991 the American Numismatic Association held its Centennial Summer Convention in Rosemont/Chicago, Illinois, a grand event that was capped by a world-class auction by Bowers and Merena. I walked the bourse floor daily, took a successful side trip and picked up a complete set of Liberty Seated half dollars for a future auction – one of my fondest memories of the trip -- and generally had a fine time

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

This week I continue my series traveling through the 68th edition (2015) of A Guide Book of United States Coins. This familiar red-covered reference book has been published yearly since 1946 (the first issue having a 1947 cover date to preserve shelf life). At the forthcoming Whitman Coins & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore in the last week of March the 69th edition will be launched, after which it will be available from bookstores, coin dealers and hobby shops nationwide, as well as on the Whitman Publishing, LLC website. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

This week’s preview for the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April Hong Kong Showcase Auction is a remarkable gold medal from the Qing Dynasty. This historically important medal is from a series of medals (in gold and silver) honoring foreign advisors who assisted the Qing government in constructing and maintaining an arsenal, shipyard and naval academy at Foochow. 

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

Few series of coins have as devoted a following as early large cents. From the earliest days of American numismatics, this series has attracted serious students, who value not just the monetary value of the coin, but the also the historical context and the cast of characters that make up the provenances of their specimens. Issued from 1793 to 1857, large cents play a large role in the canon of American numismatic literature, with specialized references published as early as the 1860s.