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By Ben Mahaffey, Web Content Manager

This week I have chosen to feature one of my favorite commemorative coins, a piece made for the Panama-Pacific Exposition. This $50 gold piece was one of five issues struck in association with the International Exposition that celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal. The San Francisco Mint struck 1,500 examples each of the octagonal and of the round issue. ​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Did you know that Stack’s Bowers Galleries is seeking numismatic help for our growing paper money division?  Candidates must have a strong background in numismatics, as well as an interest and understanding of rare paper money and the auction business.  We are looking for full time and part time catalogers for our U.S. and World Paper department.  The position will be in our Orange County, California headquarters.  Compensation will be commensurate with experience.  Please send your resume and cover letter along with any other pertinent information to [email protected]

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio September 2021 Hong Kong Auction has been moved from September 13-16 to September 27-29 to accommodate the large demand for consignments. After a very successful April 2021 Hong Kong Auction that realized in excess of $35,000,000 USD, consignor interest in the September sale surged. We will have around 7,000 lots in the upcoming sale and expect it to be our largest Hong Kong auction ever.​

By Christopher Dahncke, Currency Auction Associate

Our August CCO auction will feature The Gary Burhop Collection of 1929 Federal Reserve Bank Notes, which consists of 102 FRBN’s from various districts and denominations, including replacement notes, and features quite a few treasures. We previously offered the Gary L. Burhop Type Coins of Canada in our Bowers and Merena sale of 1996; at the time this was considered the finest and most complete collection of Canadian type coins ever assembled. Mr. Burhop has collected coins and currency for 60+ years and is a life member of the American Numismatic Association, along with other numismatic groups. ​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Although no official state authorization relating to a native coinage is known, a number of issues were made with legends pertaining to New York. On February 11, 1787, John Bailey and Ephraim Brasher petitioned New York for the right to produce copper coins. On March 3, 1787, Capt. Thomas Machin did the same. Neither proposal was acted upon favorably. ​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

What famous American returned to the United States in 1790 with a set of medals for George Washington? Share this post on Facebook or Twitter with your answer. Check back next week to see if you answered correctly.​

By James McCartney, Director of Consignments and Numismatics

In 1899, the Lafayette Memorial Commission sought to use a souvenir coin to raise money to gift France a statue of the Marquis de Lafayette for the 1900 International Exposition in Paris. At first, the Commission asked for 100,000 half dollars but when Congress passed the enabling authorization on March 3, 1899, this was changed to 50,000 dollars to be sold for $2 a coin. ​

By Kyle Ponterio, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

As the ANA World’s Fair of Money approaches, many collectors are excited to once again attend the show in person. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to be an official auctioneer, with our suite of sales presenting many rare, interesting, and historically significant numismatic relics. For this week’s highlight, we are featuring the extensive and important collection of Filipino countermarks assembled by Angelita and Benito Legarda.  ​

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