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By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know Stack's Bowers Galleries is showcasing the famous 1894-S dime in our official auction of the ANA World's Fair of Money?  Among great American coin rarities, the 1894-S dime stands high in the front rank. The appearance of one in the marketplace is always a cause for excitement. Over a long period of years Stack's Bowers Galleries has offered several, always to excitement and acclaim.​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Stack's Bowers Galleries official auction at the ANA World's Fair of Money is poised to be one of the most significant numismatic events of the year, anchored by marquee collections and single item rarities across all categories. The live auction will take place in Rosemont, Illinois, Tuesday, August 13 through Friday, August 16 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rooms 12-14, with the online sessions continuing the following week. 

Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Illustrated here are images of a fantasy bill or note datelined Washington City July 24, 1880. "Absolute Money for the sum of One Thousand Dollars, Redeemable nowhere," etc., etc. Series 59,843,702,086,231,787. The general distributor is B.F. Butler,  the buffoon nicknamed "Spoons" Butler who supervised New Orleans when the Union took it back from the Confederate States of America in 1862. Uriah S. Stephens, important in the founding of the Knights of Labor, is also on the note. ​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Test Your Knowledge by answering the Date and Type, Denomination, and Attribution Number. Check back next week to see if you got the correct answer.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​Though considered Rarity-4 (121-160 known), the 1795 O-109 Flowing Hair half dollar is deceptively scarce. Our firm has handled just 27 examples over the past 15 years, averaging out to fewer than two coins per year, the majority of which were graded VF-20 or lower. Over the same period, we have offered 70 1879 Flowing Hair Gold Stellas and 686 MCMVII (1907) High Relief Saint-Gaudens double eagles.​

By Aris Maragoudakis, Director of World Currency Auctions

​In our upcoming August Hong Kong sale we are offering one of the greatest notes from the Chinese Catalog In addition, it is among the most storied example of those notes. This 10,000 Yuan note, considered the most desirable of the first series of Renminbi, displays some typical circulation for the technical grade, but is every bit worthy of the attention it surely will receive. No major netting defects are present, verified by the comment-free holder. ​

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist & Cataloger

​Ever an iconic denomination and focal point of countless coin collections, the taler—a large-sized and weighty silver piece—has been the basis for much of the world's economy since the late 15th century. At that time, Sigismund, the Archduke of Austria and a member of the Habsburg family, enacted a new and fairly radical monetary policy whereby large format silver coinage would be reintroduced, as much of Europe had relied upon thin, low-grade, and rather uninspiring denominations for nearly a millennium. ​

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

​Stack's Bowers Galleries is pleased to feature in our Official Auction at the ANA World's Fair of Money the first Red Seal to come forward from the First National Bank of Santa Maria, California. This offering is made even more special by the fact that it bears serial number 1. This large size only Santa Barbara County bank was chartered in November of 1904 and it issued $907,750 into circulation before liquidating in February of 1928. The addition of this newly discovered note to the census brings the total population known on the bank to just 13 examples.​