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By Ben Orooji, Numismatist, Assistant Production Manager, U.S. Coins

Looking through the many rarities to be offered in our August 2016 Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim can be overwhelming. Impressive rarities, top-pop issues, and even unique pieces are all well represented, and the consignment deadline is still nearly a month away

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger

Of all the important dates in American history, none is more significant than 1776, the year our Founding Fathers declared independence from Great Britain. Though nearly countless varieties of world coins and a few very rare early American tokens are known dated 1776, there is but one way to represent the date of our nation’s birth with an American coin in a coin cabinet, and that is to own a Continental dollar.

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

I meant to bring this token to work this morning, but I forgot to tuck it in my pocket on the way out the door. But, it’s Christmas time, so home I went to get it on my lunch hour! This brass holiday token measures 29 mm. It reads THE / WALSH / DOLLAR on three lines with 1933-1934 curving below, all within a beaded border. 

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

This time around, I thought I’d mix in a bit of scandal for the readers. I was always a great fan of the 1923-S Monroe commemorative half dollar design with its two diaphanously shrouded females cleverly mimicking North and South America with their somewhat contorted figures. The coin’s design was by Chester Beach, and for years I had no idea there had been an amazingly similar design back in 1901. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Though the live sessions of the Stack’s Bowers 2015 December Hong Kong Showcase Auction have closed there are still many numismatic opportunities to be found in the Internet Only Session. Chinese Empire, Republic, Provincial and modern as well as other coins and medals from around East Asia and her sphere of influence can all be found in the Internet Session D, starting Monday December 14th at 7:30 PM PT. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our previews for the December Hong Kong Showcase Auction continue with an exceptional silver crown that is an iconic vintage Chinese rarity, with this example all the more desirable due to its exalted grade. According to Kann, the famous “Bamboo Dollar” from Kweichow province resulted from rampant inflation in the 1940s that devalued paper currency in China leading some provinces to begin minting their own metallic money. 

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

The Mint Finds a Hoard of Carson City Morgan Dollars

Earlier I mentioned the Morgan silver dollars that were released from storage during the mid 20th century. To continue that story, during an audit made in 1964 the Mint discovered a hoard of Carson City silver dollars, mostly original bags that were not melted as the result of the Pittman Act of 1918.  

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger.

The U.S. silver dollars of 1796 were subject to design changes that are seemingly minuscule in aesthetic impact but were responsible for three distinct types that are sought by today’s collectors. Four different obverse dies were paired with four different reverse dies that year to produce six known varieties, two of which, BB-62 and BB-64, are virtually unavailable.