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By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Our March 2020 Collectors Choice Auction closes for bids beginning on Wednesday, March 11. Check out StacksBowers.com to view over 700 lots of U.S. coins and U.S. currency worth over $650,000. Nearly 95% of the lots are unreserved. The auction closes live with an auctioneer on our website and mobile Apps beginning with our U.S. Currency session at 9 AM PST followed by our Bullion and Semi Numismatic Coin session at 10:30AM PST. The sale concludes with our U.S. Coin session at 11 AM PST. 

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​The D. Brent Pogue Collection will forever be known as an incredible assembly of the very finest early American coins from 1792 through the 1830s. The five sales already completed featured this portion of the collection, almost to completion, with notable additions such as the fabulous collection of $3 gold coins. Those apparent outliers were a foreshadowing of the pages to follow. What could not be foreseen was Brent’s unexpected passing at age 54 just a few months ago. He is deeply missed by his family, friends and all of us in numismatics.

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

​All of the rare types are represented in the collection including the “Big Six” notes; Types 1 through 4 as well as types 27 and 35. Additionally popular 1861 notes from the Southern Bank Note Company series will be offered.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​The November 1929 issue of The Numismatist began with an article,   “Which Are the Ten Best Coins?” a paper by George A. Pipes. His listing, which he based upon the importance of the coin in the development of coinage, historical or literary associations, an intrinsic beauty in design and workmanship, included the following.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​For a third week, we feature a Numismatic quiz to test your knowledge. Find the answers below!

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​The Philadelphia Mint struck only 1,100 silver dollars for commercial use in 1852, a fact that was not lost on contemporary numismatists. By the end of that decade, the 1852 had a reputation as a rare and desirable date in the silver dollar series. The Mint began producing Proof Restrikes around 1859. These coins are not official issues, but rather were offered privately by Mint personnel. Several striking periods are supposed, the first ending in 1860 when Mint Director James Ross Snowden supposedly seized the dies and sealed them in a carton.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Following Spanish colonization of the New World during the 16th century and the subsequent utilization of local silver mines—especially in Mexico—trade increased between the Americas and Spain's outpost in the Far East—the Philippines. Commerce in the Filipino capital of Manila allowed for access to goods desired in the West—specifically, those from China. While Chinese goods, from spices to silk, would flow to the West across the Pacific, payment in silver coinage—the Mexican 8 Reales—would flow into the Far East. Because of their quality, these Mexican coins became highly desired by Chinese merchants.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know Stack's Bowers Galleries upcoming sale of The ESM Collection is one of our most significant half cent offerings in recent years? Comprising 55 coins, the ESM Collection is a complete set of half cents by Guide Book variety. The set is ranked #2 Current Finest on the PCGS Registry in the categories Half Cents Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1793-1857) and Half Cents with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1793-1857), with a #4 All-Time Finest ranking on the former set, #3 All-Time Finest ranking on the latter set. The ESM Collection is a Gold Award Winner on the PCGS Set Registry for 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and a Certificate Award Winner for 2019.

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