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Do you have a question about anything numismatic? Want to know what’s going on here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries? If so, send your inquiries to [email protected] and get a response to your important questions from our team of experts! 

Do you have a question about anything numismatic? Want to know what’s going on here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries? If so, send your inquiries to [email protected] and get a response to your important questions from our team of experts! 

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

My recent commentary on commemoratives with very low mintages (Arkansas, Boone, Oregon Trail, and others of the late 1930s) selling for very low prices attracted some comments, including this from Gerald H.:

“Just read your article ‘A Puzzling Situation It Seems.’ I have my own theory:

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

The era of classic silver commemoratives, 1892-1954, comprises 48 different design types of half dollars or, with mintmark and other varieties added, 142 half dollars. In addition there is the 1893 Isabella quarter and 1900 Lafayette dollar. Accordingly, a complete collection of classic silver commemoratives includes 50 pieces if you desire just the design types, the 144 pieces if you want one of everything.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Once you have finished a specialty or have neared completion, it may be time to look for another challenge. In my experience, very few collectors begin in a series and stay with it forever. Instead, they tend to branch out. If you have been collecting more than a year or two or three, this probably includes you.