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By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

The famous 1925 Norse-American medals are the work of James Earle Fraser of Buffalo nickel fame. As a youngster I remember the first time I ever looked into a dealer’s case and saw a 1925 Norse-American medal. It was large, octagonal, and had a really neat and appealing Viking design. Back in the 1960s the medals were not overly expensive, but another coin, probably a Liberty Seated dime, must have caught my attention that day and the Norse-American medal was forgotten. 

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

A Great Numismatic Tradition

For many years our Americana Sales, held in New York City, have set the pace for collectors, dealers, museum curators and others seeking quality coins from colonial issues onward. As we welcome you to this year’s event, we invite you to join us at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction venue on the second floor of the Directors Guild of America building, located at 110 West 57th Street, diagonally opposite our long-time gallery at 123 West 57th. 

Did you know the Stack’s Bowers Galleries February Americana Showcase Auction featuring The Stephen Winthrop Collection is now online? Visit StacksBowers.com and click on Browse Auctions to view the entire sale and enter presale bids. The Stephen Winthrop Collection kicks off Session Three. The proceeds from this collection will be donated to the Stephen VanR. Winthrop ALS Fund at Harvard University.  If you wish to make a gift directly to Stephen Winthrop’s fund, click here for more information.

For many years, our Americana Sales conducted in New York City have attracted collectors, dealers, museum curators and others seeking quality coins, medals and tokens, from colonial issues onward. There is still time for you to be a part of it!  The February Americana Sale will take place February 5-6, 2015, and the deadline for consignments is December 5, 2014.  

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins based on the expert description by John Pack, Executive Director of Consignments

Undated (Circa 1890-1893) Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal. The Only Size. Silver. 76.7 mm, 3.75 to 4.05 mm thick. 3,463.7 grains. Obverse Signed C.E. BARBER F. Julian IP-48. Choice Very Fine. Lovely light silver gray with scattered minor scrapes and marks consistent with awarded Peace medals, but free of the more serious marks seen on many pieces. Rather well preserved overall, and very pleasing. 


Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries was awarded “Best Auction Catalog: Books and Exonumia”from the Numismatic Literary Guild for the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part XXIV, September 2013 at the August 2014 Chicago ANA? Stack’s Bowers Galleries sold the John Jr. Ford Collection over a number of years for over $60 million and it is considered to be one of the most important collections of tokens, western Americana, political Americana and related items ever to be offered.

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist and Cataloger; Based on the lot description by James Matthews, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. Coins

Whenever great U.S. coin rarities are discussed, talk eventually turns to the 1802 half dime, one of the greatest silver rarities of all. As early as 1863 this little half dime has been recognized for the rarity it is. In 1863 the Lilliendahl specimen was sold by Harold P. Newlin for $340, a lordly sum in the Civil War era, and a price that was 6,800 times face value! That specimen was one of just three known at the time. As a comparison, we note a 1794 dollar, one of the finest known at the time of its sale in 1863, realized just $285.

By Brian Kendrella, President and Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

A Great Numismatic Tradition

Welcome to this year’s event! For many years, our Americana Sale conducted in New York City has set the pace for collectors, dealers, museum curators and others seeking quality coins, medals and tokens, from colonial issues onward. As customary, the venue will be at our office gallery on West 57th Street in the heart of the Art District on Wednesday, February 5, and will resume Thursday, February 6, at the Le Parker Méridien. Both venues are a short walk from Fifth Avenue, Times Square, Central Park, and other attractions and are only a few steps from Carnegie Hall. Come early, bring your family, and enjoy!