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By Aris Maragoudakis, Currency Specialist

​Lot 82149 of our upcoming April 6th Hong Kong auction is one of the most exciting notes in the sale. This P- UNL Printer's Design comes to us by way of the Banque de L'Indo-Chine in French Indo-China. The proposed design was initially supposed to be the 100 Piastres design for Pick 18, but never made it past this design proposal. This note is extremely rare and the Haiphong designation only puts the note in further rare company.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

This week I conclude an article written in 2002 by the late Tom Becker  -- an "infomercial" he called it at the time -- about "Kids and Coins." I hope that this article encourages parents, grandparents and other collectors to consider the benefits of numismatics for young people.

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger. Based on the lot description by Eric Schena.

As a type coin, the 1808 $2.50 has few peers. Struck for only one year and then only in limited numbers, the issue has been a recognized rarity for generations and is a focal point for many numismatists. The quarter eagle denomination was never particularly popular in commercial channels, where preference was given to its bigger cousin, the half eagle. Only 2,710 quarter eagles were struck in 1808 all from one pair of dies. 

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

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger.

This week’s preview coin for our upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April Hong Kong Showcase Auction is steeped in historical importance -- a choice “Reversed Pattern” China Kwangtung 3 Mace 6½ Candareens. Authorization to establish the Kwangtung mint was granted in 1887, implemented by Viceroy Chang Chi-Tung.

 

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries Director of Currency, Peter Treglia, starred in a recent episode of Pawn Stars?  Peter was called by our good friend Rick Harrison, co-owner at The Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, to review a banknote that a customer had found in an old book.  After examination it was determined the note was an 1891 $1 Silver Certificate with a retail value of roughly $1,500.  The note was successfully purchased by the “Pawn Stars” and the episode aired on February 24, 2016. 

May 24, 2016 With Sotheby’s in New York City

​Starring: The finest known 1804 Class I silver dollar and The finest known 1822 half eagle 

Mark Your Calendar for May 24

Now is the time to mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 24, when our D. Brent Pogue Collection Part IV sale will take place in the beautiful international headquarters of Sotheby’s in New York City. We invite you to be a part of numismatic history as it is made—as a bidder, buyer, or interested observer.

​Did you know Stack's Bowers Galleries Director of Currency, Peter Treglia, starred in a recent episode of Pawn Stars?  Peter was called by our good friend Rick Harrison, co-owner at The Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, to review a banknote that a customer had found in an old book.  After examination it was determined the note was an 1891 $1 Silver Certificate with a retail value of roughly $1,500.  The note was successfully purchased by the "Pawn Stars" and the episode aired on February 24, 2016.

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