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Do you have a question about anything numismatic? Want to know what’s going on here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries? If so, send your inquiries to [email protected] and get a response to your important questions from our team of experts! 

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

During the American Civil War the government of the Confederate States of America in Richmond found it increasingly difficult to govern the far western reaches of the fledgling nation and to direct military actions in the theater west of the Mississippi River. In response to this the Confederate government formed the Trans-Mississippi Department on May 26, 1862, in order to more efficiently govern the western theater, including Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) and Louisiana. 

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

I now would like to approach the challenges encountered when building sets of Roosevelt dimes, Washington quarters and Franklin and Kennedy half dollars. Up to and including in 1964 these three denominations were made of 90% silver. As the price of silver began rising on the raw metal markets, the U.S. Mint (as well as mints throughout the world) realized that the value of the silver in each coin would be worth quite a bit more than the face value of the coin. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

August is shaping up to be a busy month for Stack’s Bowers. We have our auction held in conjunction with the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago as well as our Hong Kong Showcase Auction. This particular Hong Kong auction boasts a multitude of classic Chinese rarities and an incredible variety of modern Chinese pieces. In the coming weeks we will preview highlights from this auction. Today’s preview is a seldom seen Republic Dollar featuring a three-quarter profile of Yuan Shih-kai. 

Here are the answers to last week’s Test Your Knowledge! Did you pass the test? Stay tuned for the next Test Your Knowledge challenge in next week’s eNewsletter! 

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to my latest travels through the pages of A Guide Book of United States Coins, the eminently useful Red Book that first appeared in 1946 and is now in its 69th edition with a cover date of 2016. I am the research editor for the book, while the senior editor is Kenneth Bressett and the valuations editor is Jeff Garrett. Each year the preparation of the Guide Book takes many months at Whitman headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, as collectors, dealers and others contribute changes in prices and other information. 

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries currency staff will be attending the Memphis International Paper Money Show at the Cook Convention Center, June 12-15. Peter Treglia, Matt Quinn, and Brad Ciociola will be on hand to accept consignments for the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction, as well as buy and sell U.S. and World currency.

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

A gorgeous Gem Mint State 1807 Capped Bust half dollar called MS-65+ by PCGS and approved by CAC is one of numerous highlights to be offered this July in our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Summer Expo in Baltimore. This attractively toned and boldly lustrous Gem half dollar from the first year of the design type is not only one of the finest examples of the date and Overton-113 variety certified by PCGS, it is also one of the finest of the type certified by that firm.