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By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know the all-time finest PCGS Registry set of Lincoln Cents with Major Varieties, The ESM Collection, set many price records when it crossed the block in our official auction of the Whitman Spring Expo?  The ESM Collection featured all of the famous varieties of the series.

By Melissa Karstedt, Auctioneer

The Stack’s Bowers team is headed to Schaumburg, Illinois for the 78th Central States Numismatic Society Convention. Once again, it will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. The show begins with a “professional preview” Wednesday, April 25, from noon until 6 PM, and is open to the public Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28, from 10 AM to 6 PM.

By Mark Schimel, New York Store Manager

The bullion market is getting very interesting lately.  Even though silver has not been able to crack $17 per ounce, the supply of silver seems to be drying up.  Wholesalers have monster boxes of silver eagles on back order, and the premiums have come up on 100-ounce bars.  Maybe this is a good time to pick up some silver for your portfolio -- the signs may be telling us something.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Check in to see if you got the answer correct from last week!

By Ben Orooji, Numismatist & Assistant Production Manager, U.S. Coins

The Buffalo nickel was designed by James Earle Fraser, a student of the famous Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and is probably the most distinctively American design among the coinage of the United States. This was, in fact, the intention of Fraser who elected to use an American bison as the model for the reverse because he “…found no motif within the boundaries of the United States so distinctive as the American buffalo.”

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The dust has settled after the tremendous Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio April Hong Kong Showcase Auction. One of the stand-out results was lot 50307, a magnificent Long Whisker Dragon Pattern Dollar, that realized $180,000. This pattern came about during the final period of the Chinese Empire and the Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty. The Central Mint in Tientsin minted a multitude of coinage types in the later portion of the Empire, in an attempt to unify the currency system of China. Unfortunately, China’s administrative disorganization (as well as a lack of sufficient funds) inhibited the reforms from gaining traction. Certainly the revolution overthrowing the monarchy later that year also prohibited their widespread use.

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

As noted before, in 1953 my uncle, J.B. Stack, traveled to Lawrence, Massachusetts to appraise an estate collection there. He made an offer and eventually received a call that his appraisal was accepted, and that our offer for the collection would be also accepted. J.B. was delighted. Since he did not drive and he and Morton were needed at the shop, I went to pick up the collection, which was to be the Davis Graves Collection. It had been stored in an abandoned weaving factory, watched over by a caretaker (I told of my packing and taking the collection back to New York in an earlier story). It consumed a portion of the funds we had reserved for purchases from the Farouk sale. However, it was a great collection, mainly large cents, but with numerous early colonial coins, not seen on the market for many decades. Because of the detailed cataloging it required, it could not be sold before the early part of 1954.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries set a new public auction record for the 17th known example of the famed (2000)-P Sacagawea dollar / Washington quarter mule? Offered as lot 2382 in our March 2018 Baltimore auction and certified MS-67 by NGC, the newly discovered piece saw fierce bidding up to $192,000, establishing a new public auction record for this rare modern Mint error. This new price record significantly surpassed the previous record of $158,625, set by Stack's Bowers Galleries in their August 2012 Philadelphia ANA Sale.​