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By Stack's Bowers Galleries

William J. Naddeo, known as Bill, was born in 1923 in Newark, New Jersey. He was the eldest of the five children of Olympia and Americo Naddeo. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps on November 13, 1942, and served overseas in Saipan. He re-enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in July of 1949. Bill married his first sweetheart, Diana, on August 17th, 1947, and together they raised four children.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

“When great collections are sold, Stack’s Bowers Galleries sells them” has been a familiar motto for many years. At the forthcoming Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore we have multiple great collections. The result is that in the American series of coins, tokens, and medals there is something for nearly everyone. Included are items from my own collection—many gathered years ago and now on the market for a new generation of enthusiasts. Our sale continues with Internet sessions early the next week—a dynamic venue.

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

My story from last week ended with our finally receiving an explanation of the formula that the government was using to determine what gold coins were worthy of getting a license to import. With this explanation we became confident that we could win our case claiming that their actions were arbitrary and capricious. According to our attorney, "laws can be made and enforced if they are fair and without prejudice" when an action was taken. ​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Last week a client came in with a few pounds of base metal foreign coins of minimal value.  However, also in this bag was a gorgeous, original 1935 three-piece set of Texas commemorative half dollars in an original holder, worth several hundred dollars.  It was strange to find a set like this mixed in with foreign coins that were accumulated from travels. But, this happens more than you would think. Needless to say, the client had no idea and thought the entire bag was pretty worthless.​​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

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By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

By Kyle Ponterio, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

Branch mint issues often bear similar designs to pieces made in the central mint at Tientsin, but are typically inferior in terms of craftmanship. This coin clearly received above-average care. The legend above the obverse design reads from right to left "年九國民華中" (Nián jiǔ guómín huá Zhōng [Ninth Year of the Republic of China]).​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

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