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By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did You Know Stack’s Bowers Galleries has a new Director of Currency Operations? We are pleased to welcome Cassi East to our staff. Cassi has been a mainstay in the auction industry since 1997 and will be a familiar face to many of our consigners.

​In recent weeks we have posted news releases and blogs about the Lulu Collection of Walking Liberty Half Dollars that will be offered in the June 2021 Costa Mesa Auction. This collection is the #1 All Time Finest Registry Set and features MS-67 to MS-68+ coins. We couldn’t wait any longer to begin showing these coins off, so we went ahead and posted an Auction Preview at StacksBowers.com so you can view these upcoming lots.

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

​In July 1984 Stack's once again, as we had since 1979, joined with joined with Rarcoa, Paramount and Superior to offer our popular "Apostrophe" auction, in this case Auction '84. As previously this event had a wealth of choice, rare and important coins, 500 lots from each company. The sale included 1802 and 1803 Proof silver dollars, 1884 and 1885 trade dollar Proofs, early Proof sets from the 1860s and more, early U.S. gold in mostly Mint State, an 1838-O half dollar, an 1800 Stella and an 1855 Round Kellogg $50 gold, just to mention some of the highlights.

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

​One of the highlights of our May 2021 US Currency Collectors Choice Online Auction is a Fr.2405 1928 $100 Gold Certificate. This bright and modestly circulated example has been graded Extremely Fine 45 by PMG. Darkly printed engraved design elements are featured on this well framed gold note, while bold golden yellow overprint inks are displayed on the face.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Last week we asked our audience what coin featured the inscription "Deo Est Gloria". If you answered the 1879 and 1880 $4 Stellas, then you chose the correct answer! Check back again next week for another Test Your Knowledge!

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​The 1861-S Paquet Reverse is perhaps the most famous collectible Type I double eagle and is recognized well beyond the specialists of the series. Anthony C. Paquet was born in Hamburg, Germany on December 5, 1814, and arrived in Philadelphia in 1848. In early 1857, he took up contract work for the Philadelphia Mint before finally being hired on as an assistant engraver. By far his most well-known work is the United States military's highest decoration for valor, the Medal of Honor instituted by President Abraham Lincoln on July 12, 1861.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Occasionally mistaken as Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo instead celebrates a different important date in Mexican history. Independence Day emanates from the "Cry of Dolores," which initiated Mexico's war against Spain on 16 September 1810. Cinco de Mayo references a later military conflict in 1862 involving the Mexican army and the encroaching French forces. Due to financing the military during the Mexican-American War and the Reform War, the Mexican Treasury was nearly empty by 1861, causing President Benito Juarez to suspend payment of foreign debts.

By Christopher Dahncke, Currency Auction Associate

​Stack’s Bowers Galleries upcoming May World Paper Money Collectors Choice Online Auction offers a wide variety of currency from a multitude of countries. We are pleased to feature here lot 70618, a Macau 1952 100 Patacas P-44s Specimen.