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Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries has won more “Best Catalogs of the Year” awards than any other company?

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

One of the many questions I am asked is: "Why is having the pedigree of rare coins and currency you sell important?" The pedigrees of numismatic items, works of art, jewelry, or other collectibles are valuable assets. They can record ownership from the day an item was issued or first sold and contain a history of subsequent owners. Most old-time collectors retained pedigrees, as they have been important to buyers through the decades. They are still important, right up to the present day, and the retention of pedigrees into the future will continue to add value to a numismatic item.

Here are the answers to last week’s Test Your Knowledge! Did you pass the test? Dave Miller did on our Facebook page, and he was the lucky winner of Q. David Bowers' book, Collecting Rare Coins for Pleasure of Profit. Congratulations! Check back next week for a new numismatic question.

By Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

The following review was written by Doug Nyholm and printed in the April 2014 issue of The Mint Master, newsletter of the Utah Numismatic Society.

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

The weekly iAuctions here at Stack’s Bowers are a great source for collectible coins within a reasonable budget! Every month (closing on the first Sunday of the month) these iAuctions will contain World and/or Ancient coins, including some very notable highlights such as this piece. This week we have a coin from the reign of one of the most famous ancient rulers, Alexander the Great. 

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Large size Federal type notes were the stars in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March Baltimore auction, with condition rarity PCGS graded notes leading the way. Two top pop notes were the top performers. A Fr. 300 1891 $10 Silver Certificate, graded PCGS Superb Gem New 68 PPQ, realized an impressive $70,500. A stunning Fr. 1215 1922 $100 Gold Certificate, graded Superb Gem New 67 PPQ, also realized $70,500.

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

April begins with a bang as we close the final sessions of our Baltimore and Hong Kong sales. Fresh off these important events, we will be traveling to coin shows to meet with collectors and dealers to buy and sell, as well as accept consignments for our upcoming auction sales.

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist and Cataloger, U.S. Coins; Based on the lot description by John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant

The 1936 Nobel Peace Prize sold to a private collector in Asia for $1.16 million — a figure that far surpassed the expected final sale. The medal was just one of the highlights from the Stack's Bowers Galleries sale of The Charles A. Wharton Collection of historical medals that attracted global attention from experienced collectors and first-time bidders at the March 2014 Stack's Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman & Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo.