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By Matt Quinn, Director of Currency

As the summer is upon us, the currency world turns its attention to the upcoming Memphis International Paper Money Show from June 8th to the 10th. This is the show where everyone who’s anyone shows up to enjoy both foreign and domestic banknotes. Bruce R. Hagen and I will both be in attendance and will be promoting our upcoming August sale at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia. We will be showing several highlights from the Watermelon Collection and key foreign notes as well. We will also be showcasing a dazzling array of rare Chinese and Hong Kong banknotes, which will be featured in our upcoming August Hong Kong auction. We look forward to seeing you there -- feel free to stop by the Stack’s Bowers Galleries table and say hi or strike up a conversation.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Get ready! Get set! Go! Or, almost go. In the past month or so I have enjoyed immensely working with the experts on the staff to help catalog what will truly be a memorable auction with the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. Majestic rarities abound, highlighted by a nearly perfect MCMVII Ultra High Relief Saint-Gaudens double eagle, estimated to sell comfortably into seven figures. Certainly this is one of the most beautiful, most classic rarities of all time.

By Todd McKenna, Numismatist

Once more our coin of the week is a rarity from the Oxford Mint set up during the first English Civil War of 1642-6. The Triple Unite was the largest denomination coin minted in Britain up to this time and was struck, at least in part, for use as gifts to those whom the King wished to sway to his side in the ongoing conflict. More to that point the obverse design for the Triple Unite features an armored bust of Charles I, prepared for battle with broadsword raised, and yet in a clever visual dichotomy he carries an olive branch in his left hand clutched over his heart.

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

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By Jeff Ambio, Senior Numismatist and Chief Cataloger, U.S. Coins

I have long been a fan of the Indian eagle ten-dollar gold series of 1907-1933. Designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, creator of the famous double eagle that bears his name, in my mind's eye the artist's design for the Indian eagle is even more beautiful than that of his renowned twenty-dollar gold piece.

By Brian Kendrella, Director of Operations of U.S. Collectibles

Last week Stack’s Bowers Galleries hosted a special event offering free PCGS grading for coins consigned to our upcoming Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money. We were overwhelmed with the success and popularity of the event!

By Jeff Ambio, Senior Numismatist and Chief Cataloger, U.S. Coins

PCGS Proof-66 Ranks Among Finest-Certified Survivors from an Unknown Mintage

Over the course of a 13+ year career as a professional numismatist and cataloger for one of the nation's leading rare coin auction houses, I have been extremely fortunate to handle most of the rarest and most highly coveted coins ever struck in the United States Mint, and for many of these issues more than one example.

By Christine Karstedt, Executive Vice President

Next week is the ever popular Long Beach convention and the Stack’s Bowers team will be present in force! Even Dave Bowers himself will be traveling across country with Melissa and me to be in attendance. It is so rare that we get Dave to make this cross country trip so please make a special effort to stop by and say hello. In fact, starting at 2:00 PM on Friday, Dave will be at our table (table 502) and will be autographing complimentary copies of Collecting Rare Coins for Pleasure and Profit for the first 50 attendees who come by to visit. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones next week at the show.