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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 Harvey G. Stack, Founder

The electronic world has changed the way things are happening, but I still feel it is not the only tool needed to be a collector. Perspective can be gained by reviewing the past and comparing it to the present. While more and more information is available on the Internet (if one knows how and where to look), there is much that is not. Actual printed documents offer readers the ease of reviewing and making notes. I find that information found on the Internet is often printed out, thus becoming the “printed word.” 

Here are the answers to last week’s Test Your Knowledge! Did you pass the test? Tim K. was selected from our Facebook page and Paul H. was selected from our NewsMedia Page as the winners for our official auction of the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money Rarities Night catalog. Congratulations. Stay tuned for the next Test Your Knowledge challenge in next week’s eNewsletter! 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The official Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money is nearly here, and we have a final ancient coin to preview -- a historically significant piece and a terrific rarity. This piece is deserving of a word not often thrown around in numismatics: unique. The Solidus described here is truly one of a kind. 

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

One lot in our Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money stands out not only for its wild appearance but also for the famous pedigree that accompanies it.

“At first look I thought this was a fake, it just seemed impossible.” That was Rick Harrison’s first impression of the incredible retained obstruction error $1 Federal Reserve Note offered as lot #40237 in next week’s auction. Harrison is the well-known owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the star of the History Channel’s hit reality series “Pawn Stars.” 

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

As is tradition, the time has come for me to walk you, the world and ancient coin enthusiast through the Stack’s Bowers official auction for the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money. This year, we are proud to present a diverse group of coins and banknotes for your consideration. Among the many consignments you will notice some familiar collection names, including the Demarete Collection, the Q. David Bowers Collection, and the Doug Kaselitz Collection; other collections include the Atteck Family Collection of West Indies Holey Dollars, and the Kramer Collection of Mexican 50 Pesos. Colleagues of mine have already written blogs focusing on specific highlight coins and these will be linked at the bottom of this one for you to refer to.

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

Prompted by the desire to reduce dependence on the Spanish silver coins, the Mint Act of April 2, 1792, authorized the production of coins in gold, silver and copper spanning the denominations from half disme through the $10 eagle. While select patterns and federally issued coins were struck shortly after this authorization, it wasn’t until 1796 that the dime, quarter and quarter eagle were minted. 

Did you know that the founders of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, Q. David Bowers, Harvey Stack and Larry R. Stack, are doing a Challenge the Experts! Q & A Forum at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money?  We hope you can join us in Room 6 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center, in Rosemont, Illinois, on August 13 at 2:00PM.  

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