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By Christine Karstedt, Executive Vice President

The Americana Sales held twice yearly by Stack’s Bowers Galleries are a much-anticipated tradition. Our recent sale continued the excitement as over 4,000 lots crossed the block in our state-of-the art auction gallery January 25-27, 2012, in Manhattan. Participants were thrilled with the wide variety of material offered highlighted with several “name” collections and old-time cabinets being presented for the first time in decades. As the last session closed on Thursday night the sale realized over $6 million. Electricity was in the air as thousands of customers followed the action on the Internet and others attended in person. At Stack’s Bowers sales records are made to be broken, and this happened time and again!

By Jeff Ambio, Senior Numismatist and Chief Cataloger, U.S. Coins

I have long been a fan of the Indian eagle ten-dollar gold series of 1907-1933. Designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, creator of the famous double eagle that bears his name, in my mind's eye the artist's design for the Indian eagle is even more beautiful than that of his renowned twenty-dollar gold piece.