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By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on the Lot Description by Kent Ponterio, Senior Numismatist, World of Ancient Coins

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to offer as part of the official ANA World and Ancient Sale the Joseph Vas Collection. This collection, assembled mostly in the 1970s and 1980s, contains a wide array of world and U.S. gold coins, many of which were acquired through Stack’s. 

Did you know that Stack’s Bowers Galleries sold the first world coin to pass the $1 million mark at auction?  The Polish 1621 Sigismund III Gold Hundred Ducats sold in 2008 for $1.3 million.

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

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is honored to offer the wonderful collection of Swiss coins assembled by Ervin F. Bickley in our official ANA auction this August in Chicago. Mr. Bickley, over the course of several decades, hand selected these beautifully designed and preserved coins from dealer stock and from auction sales in the United States and in Europe. During this time, he also assembled a collection of U.S. coins and formed a close relationship with Harvey Stack. 

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to present the January 2012 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, being held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City January 6th and 7th and in our own auction Gallery on January 9th, in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention. This year is the 40th Annual NYINC, and is the United States’ most prestigious numismatic event focusing on the needs of the world and ancient collecting communities.

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

Less than a month remains before the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio November Baltimore auction at the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo. As the month of October arrives it brings with it the season of Halloween. As it happens, our numismatic team is offering coinage from the region of Transylvania, an area long associated in the English speaking world with the vampire myth, thanks in no small part to the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. Thankfully, there is nothing spooky about the coin we highlight here, a beautiful gold 2 Ducat from the middling portion of Maria Theresia’s reign. Maria Theresia is noted as the only female ruler of the Habsburg domains and as the last of the House of Habsburg. As the final scion of that House she ruled as the sovereign over a good portion of Europe, including the Principality of Transylvania, located in modern day Romania.