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Did you know that Stack’s Bowers has one of the largest numismatic libraries in the world?
Here are the answers to last week’s Test Your Knowledge! Did you pass the test? Check back next week for a new numismatic question.

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

Last week I told of how my 85th birthday on June 3, 2013, had made me nostalgic for my early days as a full time worker at Stack’s. I reminisced about the influential dealers who I had the honor of knowing and working with in my first decade as a full time numismatist from 1947 to 1956.
Stack’s Bowers official auction of the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money is just around the corner! The experts here at Stack’s Bowers have put together another landmark event for your bidding pleasure. With over 9 different catalogs including world coins, U.S. coins, world paper money, U.S. currency, tokens, medals, and our impressive Rarities night session we have something for everyone.

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. and World Coins

We are pleased to present this week’s World Coin of the Week: a wonderful 1887 silver type set of the Belgian Congo, all in superlative grades, with beautiful matching, light iridescent toning. This set must have remained together since the time of mintage, carefully stored until recently when they were submitted to PCGS for grading. Of the four coins in the set, three are graded MS-67+, while the remaining coin is in an MS-66+ encapsulation. Most are finest graded for their types at PCGS. Consisting of the 5 Francs, 2 Francs, Franc and 50 Centimes, these coins feature the bare headed portrait of Belgian King Leopold II facing left, and the Belgian Arms on the reverse. These attractive coins would make a wonderful addition to any modern world silver registry set.

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

With only a month left before the August Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Hong Kong auction the time has come to showcase one of the finest examples of an extremely rare Chinese pattern coin. Coinage reform came to China via a slow and tumultuous path, and this coin represents the largest denomination from one of the first series of proposed coinage reform. At the time of this coin’s striking in 1903, China’s last Qing Dynasty emperor
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Based on the lot description by Jim Jones, Cataloger & Numismatic Consultant

The $3 gold denomination was authorized February 21, 1853 as part of the mint act of that date. The main purpose of the act was to reduce the authorized weight of all silver pieces except the dollar. The reason for including the $3 gold piece in this legislation is not clear. Although today the $3 denomination seems strange, during our nation’s first century, paper money of this value was often issued, including on currency authorized by the Continental Congress in 1775.