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By  Ron Gillio, Numismatic Acquisitions Coordinator

Did you know one of the stars of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries official auction of the ANA World’s Fair of money is The Finest Known 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, the Dr. William-Morton Smith Specimen?   Lot 1096 will be sure to draw a lot of attention during our Rarities Night Session, which crosses the block starting at 6:00PM on Wednesday, August 15 in Room 115A of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. ​​

By Aris Maragoudakis, Director of World Currency Auctions

Welcome to our August 2018 Hong Kong Auction Sessions for Paper Money. As always, we are offering an exceptional amount of scarce and high quality material. A few pieces have never been offered at public auction, while others are among the finest graded for their type.​​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

The second portion of the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Paper Money, offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction at the 2018 ANA Worlds Fair of Money, continues with exceptional examples never before cataloged in an American sale or anywhere else. Combined with the initial January 2018 Part I auction, these catalogs portray the broadest view of the subject ever published in English or Spanish. ​​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Picking up on my comments on medals in my last blog, for this issue I mention one of my favorite medals—struck for the 1838 bicentennial of the city of New Haven, Connecticut. Key in its production was John Allan, recognized today (in 2018) as the first rare coin dealer in America. He was a jack of all trades, in a way.​​

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Assistant Production Manager

The regulated 1744 6400 reis appearing in lot 1008 of our August 2018 ANA Auction is an incredibly significant offering in the field of United States regulated gold coinage. It represents the unique survivor of this distinct IS touchmark. The surfaces display rich yellow and honey-gold color, with traces of deep burgundy patina in the protected areas.  A massive plug protrudes from the central obverse.​​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Test Your Knowledge this week and see if you can Name That Banknote! Check back next week to see if you got the correct answer!​

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

This preview for the Stack's Bowers Galleries August ANA auction continues the trend of highlighting marvelous and desirable gold coins. From Colombia is offered an 1875 20 Pesos, the single finest certified example for all dates. ​​

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

This week's highlight from the Stack's Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction is a lovely example of a perennially popular issue. The Hupeh Tael was  part of a projected coinage reform based on the traditional Chinese weight standard rather than the dollar system.​​