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By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries is now offering faster settlement when you consign to our Collectors Choice Online auctions?  Receive 60% of your settlement in less than 10 days from the closing of the auction, with no early settlement fees.  Contact a consignment director today to see if your consignment of U.S. Coins or U.S. Currency qualifies!

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​The Internet Only session of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2020 U.S. Currency auction will open for live bidding on Wednesday August 12 at 9 AM PDT. The session features 473 lots of United States currency and related items including Continental Currency, Obsolete Banknotes, Confederate Currency, Large and Small Size Type and National Currency. Pre-sale bidding is already open at www.stacksbowers.com.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Over a long period of years and in many different countries, legal tender coins have been counterstamped for various reasons, including changing the face value, indicating where the coins were to circulate, and to advertise products and services. 

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Wh​at was the first commemorative coin to be sold at a drive through booth? Check back next week to see if you got the correct answer!

​By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

The 1879-S Morgan represents the second year of the series and serves as a popular issue among type collectors and VAM variety specialists. Almost all of the 9,110,000 coins struck at San Francisco were not paid out, but remained in the Mint's vaults and were gradually released in quantities in 1942 and again in the early 1960s. Most Mint State survivors come from those releases and often have bagmarks or other abrasions. These resulted from being moved around from vault to vault during counts in very heavy $1,000 face value sacks for the better part of 80 years. About two million examples remain in Uncirculated grades, with the vast majority in grades of MS-64 or lower.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Though western Europe and the United States were all initially allied in their approach to opening up China during the mid-late 19th century, civil unrest toward the emerging colonizers led to Germany seeking and securing a 99-year lease on the area surrounding what is now known as Jiaozhou Bay in 1898. This takeover, known then as the Kiautschou Bay concession, gave Germany prime position for her navy in the Pacific, a more formal colonial foothold in China, and fortifications to defend against any future aggression. Other western powers, however, viewed this as an unparalleled growth of influence in the emerging market, and began to seek footholds of their own.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​​The Big Sky Collection of Montana Tokens Part II, a session of our August Collector Choice Online Auction, is now on StacksBowers.com!  The Big Sky Collection is an impressive cabinet of the tokens issued in various cities, towns and counties across Montana, predominantly struck in aluminum and brass. It features both the most popular merchants and the most elusive issues in the series, with many pieces assigned a rating of Rarity-8 or Rarity-9 by specialist Roy D. Rubick in his 2013 reference Montana Token Collectors Reference Manual, Fourth Edition. Part II of the Big Sky Collection, offered in our August 2020 Collectors Choice Online Auction, features over 100 lots. The sale closes live online at StacksBowers.com on August 20, beginning at 9:00 AM PT.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​The incredible ESM Collection of United States Large Cents realized over $4.6 million in the Stack's Bowers Galleries August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. Offered as part of the firm's Rarities Night session on Thursday, August 6, this was perhaps the most highly anticipated selection from the legendary ESM Collection. Offered was a virtually complete set of large cents by Guide Book variety, spanning all issues from 1793 through the end of the type in 1857.