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By Nicholas Fritz, Numismatist for World and Ancient Coins

​In the upcoming August Global Showcase Auction, Stack's Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present the Augustana Collection, a phenomenal gathering of numismatic rarities. Highlighting the Augustana Collection is the splendid offering of Czechoslovakian pieces that are amongst the most in-demand types in the modern European series. Included are the five coins listed below that encompass some of the most elusive 20th century European pieces.​

By Nicholas Fritz, Numismatist for World and Ancient Coins

​The recent June Collectors Choice Auction highlights Stack's Bowers Galleries' role as the market leader in World and Ancient coins and demonstrates the firm's ability to deliver strong results to our consignors. The following six highest selling lots from the June sale show strength across a wide area of numismatics, and Stack's Bowers Galleries' ability to reach a wide range of interests and collectors.

By Nicholas Fritz, Numismatist for World and Ancient Coins

​Everyone once in a while, the World and Ancient Coin Department offers an eclectic and uncommon type that is not often seen. In this vein, we note lot 72209 in our June CCO auction, an elusive 1894 1/12 Anna from Muscat and Oman Graded NGC MS-62 Brown. This example is the finest of the type we have ever seen, and is among the finest certified, with just one finer example in an NGC holder.​

By Nicholas Fritz, Numismatist for World and Ancient Coins

​Among the many intriguing coins offered in the June Collectors Choice Auction of World and Ancient coins is a Sede Vacante Taler from the bishopric of Regensburg graded NGC MS-65 Prooflike. Regensburg's religious status during the early modern period was very muddled, as reflected by this piece. The Protestant Reformation started with Martin Luther in Wittenberg in 1517.​

By Nicholas Fritz, Numismatist for World and Ancient Coins

​Almost everyone knows the story of the Fall of France, the collapse of French defenses and subsequent occupation by Germany during the Second World War. What some people do not realize is that not all of France was occupied by the Germans. As the German army advanced in the summer of 1940, the French government fled Paris.​

By Nicholas Fritz, Numismatist for World and Ancient coins

​One of the most eclectic and unusual issues mentioned in Kann's seminal Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins, Gold, Silver, Nickel and Aluminum, are the Manchukuo Gold Tael issues. These are found at the very end of the general issues section, right before the forgeries and fantasy coins. These were produced with three different varieties featuring different obverse characters meaning "double happiness," "blessing," and "Wealth, Honor, for 10,000 Years."​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Stack's Bowers and Ponterio's inaugural Rarities Night of Chinese Coins proved a resounding success, as 255 lots realized just short of $27,000,000 as one session of the firm's May 2022 Hong Kong Auction. The highest priced item in the sale, a majestic Year 3 (1911) Pattern "Long Whisker" Dollar graded Specimen-63+ by PCGS, brought an astonishing $3,000,000, establishing a new record for the most valuable world coin sold by an American auction firm. 

By Nicholas Fritz, Numismatist for World and Ancient Coins

​As with so many other nations in East Asia at the dawn of the 20th century, Korea was faced with the increasing threat of colonization. This tremendous period of change on the Korean peninsula was largely during the lifetime of one ruler, Kojong, the last king of Joseon. Born in 1852 and ascending to the throne at age 12 in 1864, Kojong inherited a country that was deeply isolationist. This isolationism was largely born out of earlier encroachments from both the Jin and Qing Dynasty and Japan between 1590 and 1640.​

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