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By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. and World Coins

We are very proud to offer a very diverse auction of coins and paper money of the ancient and modern world, featuring coins from the Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge Collection, the Demarete Collection, the Cardinal Collection, the Robert Lyle Collection, the Huntington Collection, the Katherine Gordon Krone Collection of Revolutionary Coins and Currency, and the Estate of Michael K. Ringo. There are also extensive offerings of “odd and curious” primitive money and Mexican coins from colonial times through to the modern era.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

One of the greatest attractions of our January auction sale – indeed, perhaps the key rarity to be auctioned in all of the year 2013 – is the finest known example of the 1794 silver dollar. This piece traces its pedigree to the Amon Carter, Jr. Collection, we (Stack’s) sold a number of years ago, after which it has changed hands on occasion, with the most recent buyer being the owner of the Cardinal Collection. Graded as Specimen-66, it is head and shoulders above any other dollar of this date. Certainly it must have been preserved with care from the very time of mintage.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Welcome to my current commentary. Among the many highlights of the Cardinal Educational Foundation Collection is a superb 1793 Chain AMERICA cent, variety Sheldon-2. Graded MS-65 BN by PCGS, this is either the finest or runner up to that position, per research done by Jeff Ambio (you’ll enjoy the detailed description when you see it in print!). This gem is a fitting companion to the memorable 1793 S-9 Wreath cent I discussed last week.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Our January sale in New York City will have many highlights from the Cardinal Collection. One of the most important and historically interesting is a superb Gem 1792 silver half disme, said to have been originally owned by Mint Director David Rittenhouse. This provenance is derived from a Chapman sale of the early 20th century where four examples were thus described.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

The more you know about rare coins, the more profitable your experience will be. Of course, we all like to think we collect coins, tokens, medals and paper money for pure enjoyment. However, the fact that carefully selected numismatic items have been an excellent store of value over the years and, more likely than not, a great investment, does add another element.

By John Salyer, Cataloger & Numismatist, U.S. Coins

Stack's Bowers Galleries will be offering the fabulous Cardinal Collection as a highlight of our upcoming January 2013 New York Americana Sale. The core of the Cardinal Collection comprises two of the most famous silver coin rarities from the earliest years of the United States Mint, as well as a phenomenal collection of large cents that holds No. 1 rankings in multiple categories on both the PCGS and NGC Set Registry listings. Leading the way among the Cardinal Collection large cents is an exceptional 1793 Chain cent of the S-2 die marriage, certified MS-65 BN by PCGS and verified by CAC. The coin is one of only four Gem Mint State Chain cents certified by PCGS, and is high in the Condition Census for both the issue in its entirety and the individual die variety.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

As I write these words I have fond memories of our recent auction at the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore. Actually, make that plural, auctions! What with several catalogs and, in some instances, two sessions running simultaneously, it was a dynamic event all by itself -- never mind that one of America’s most active coin conventions, complete with a large bourse, was going on at the same time.

By Christine Karstedt, Executive Vice President

Unique in Numismatic History

At the recent ANA World’s Fair of Money, Stack’s Bowers Galleries swept the field for literary awards—taking the top spot in the three most important honors of the year. The “Triple Crown” accomplishment is unprecedented in numismatic history.