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By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Third party grading of currency has been a part of our hobby for roughly 15 years now. From the very beginning it was a game changer, commoditizing notes and bringing new legitimacy to a market in much the same way it had for coins since the 1980s. Naturally the more mainstream genres of United States currency were the first to benefit. 

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

The First Battle of Bull Run or First Manassas (depending on which side of the Mason-Dixon Line you found yourself on) was fought in the Washington, DC suburb of Manassas, Virginia on July 21, 1861. The first serious ground battle after the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter in April of the year, “Bull Run” aptly describes the Union Army as it stampeded as fast as it could away from the victorious Confederate forces who took the field that day. 

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

A newly discovered 109-year-old Confederate Currency album could bring more than $60,000 in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo this November in Baltimore, Maryland. The album, titled “The Currency of the Confederate States,” was assembled by early Confederate Currency researcher and author Rafael Prosper Thian. Thian worked for decades in the Adjutant General’s Office of the United States Army from the middle years of the Civil War until his death in 1911. 

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money will feature a highly desirable Confederate T-2 1861 $500. Just four types of these rare early high denomination Confederate Treasury Notes were issued while the Confederate capital was located in Montgomery, Alabama. These four notes, known as the Montgomerys, include the first four types of the standard Confederate type set with denominations of $1000, $500, $100 and $50. 

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Our upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Summer Expo features a scarce Confederate T-12 1861 $5 note printed by New Orleans printer Jules Manouvier. Popularly known as Manouvier notes, they bear an issue date of July 25, 1861, and were the only 1861 dated Confederate notes to feature a printed back. 

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Tuesday April 26, 2015, marked the 150th anniversary of the Confederate surrender at Bennett Place in what is now my hometown of Durham, North Carolina. 

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

A rare 1861 Confederate T-27 $10 note will be featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo March 26-29. T-27s are among the great Confederate type notes that make up the “Big Six” of a complete Confederate type set; meaning the six rarest type notes including the Montgomery’s (T-1 through T-4), T-27 and its sheet mate T-35. 

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be offering an 1861 Confederate States of America half dollar from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection?  This coin is one of just four original examples struck and will be sold publicly for the first time, having been a part of this cabinet since its acquisition  from Lester Merkin in 1971. The collection will be offered in March 2015 in conjunction with the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information or if you are interested in consigning your collection alongside these rarities, please contact Christine Karstedt, Lawrence R. Stack, Vicken Yegparian or John Pack at 800-458-4646.

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