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

Standing Liberty Quarter Collection Bidding Goes Sky-High

Our recent August 2012 blockbuster Philadelphia ANA auction extravaganza – over $41.8 million in rare coins, currency, tokens, and medals sold – was an event that won’t soon fade from memory. Whether you collect U.S. coins or currency, medals or tokens, or anything else under the numismatic sun for that matter, the series of sales no doubt included something to your liking.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Coming up quickly is the deadline for consigning coins, tokens, medals and paper money to our auction in connection with the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Expo to be held in Baltimore in mid November. A grand event is planned – one that will attract worldwide attention.

By Todd McKenna, Numismatist

Can a coin be a fake if the true coin it is meant to represent never existed? This conundrum was brought up in our office with the appearance of this week’s coin of the week, a contemporary imitation West Indies Joe made to imitate a 1778-R Brazilian 6,400 Reis. This would be simple enough except that the counterfeiters created a coin in the style of the Rio mint issues for King Jose I who had died in February 1777; apparently the makers were not up to date on international news. The Brazilian coinage of 1778 (and for that matter the latter half of 1777) bears the conjoined busts of Maria I and Pedro III, making this a coin that simply never existed.

By Bruce Roland Hagen, Senior Research Numismatist

August is traditionally the month of vacations for many people. Often, numismatic activities are placed to the wayside for the beach, golf, and other outdoor leisure activities. However, August was a dynamic month for us at Stack’s Bowers Galleries on multiple fronts. We conducted electrifying auction sales at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia and in Hong Kong, and we re-opened our retail gallery at our venerable location at 123 West 57th Street, New York City. The tan and brown Stack’s awning returned and the polished brass sign was spiffed up to be in character with the landmarked shopping district. Fifty Seventh Street boasts luminaries such as Tiffany, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, FAO Schwartz and many others that are just a stone’s throw away. The traditional met the 21st century as we rolled out our new Gold to Go ATM to a ribbon cutting by Harvey Stack, Spectrum Chairman Greg Roberts and Olympic gold medalist Brendan Hansen.

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

Stack’s Refurbishes its Coin Shop in New York City

On August 23, 2012 when we celebrated the refurbished store, it was just about 60 years since Stack's relocated from its store and offices on West 46th Street in New York City to its present location. I was given the honor of making the opening remarks about our famous, long time coin shop in midtown New York City, found just a short walk from Fifth Avenue at 123 West 57th Street.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Very nice new entries into the field of silver art medals are the two issued by our company under the auspices of the Wildlife Conservation Society. This non-profit organization, based at the world famous Bronx Zoo, is deeply involved in the Bison Restoration Project. The two medals, each of .9999 silver, one weighing an ounce and the other a half-ounce, are a tribute to what we hope Congress will designate as the official United States mammal. Certainly the bison, popularly called the buffalo, is a pure American symbol. Show an image of one to a European, Asian, African, or anyone else, and the United States of America comes to mind. The medals are in beautiful deep mirror Proof finish. As soon as I complete this commentary I am going to order one each for my own collection.

By Jeff Lubinski, Numismatist

There’s a reason that the United States started coining its own money early in its infancy. In the front of your Red Book you can read all about the history of early colonial trade, highlighted by the use of wampum as a medium of exchange. As the English recovered from civil war and disregarded the American colonies, the need for colonially coined money became evident.

By Todd McKenna, Numismatist

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2012 Hong Kong Auction has come to a close! Over four days of the past weekend we presented four sessions of the finest Asian coins and paper money to collectors of all types and interests. Here I would like to highlight some lots which garnered excellent bids, some of which I had written about previously but many standing out on their own merit.
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