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Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

For this week's blog I revisited some comments I made back in 2006, adding updates.  I had the pleasure of knowing Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., the famous Baltimore numismatist who from 1925 to 1950 set about building a fine collection, eventually changing his goal to the ultimate: to obtain one of each date and mint and major type of United States coin ever struck.

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins. Based on the lot description by John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant

Ex Clarke, Stack, Eliasberg

An amazing – not many other superlatives fit – 15-piece boxed “set” of Lincoln medals and medalets, all in gold, will be a focal point in our upcoming February 2015 New York City Americana Sale. Originally sold by us in September-October 2010 as individual lots in our Philadelphia Americana Sale, this set was owned at various times by Judson Brenner, Henry Chapman, T. James Clarke, and the Stack family. Then it went on to become part of the famous Eliasberg Collection, where it remained from 1945 until our sale of the group in 2010. 

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In this and some of my upcoming columns, I will explore “numismatic curiosities,” some well known and some obscure.

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

In a tradition started in the mid 1950s by Louis E. Eliasberg, collectors started to lend their collections to various banking institutions for special displays.

It was readily accepted that by hosting these special displays, banks could attract more depositors and clients. In the case of R.L. Miles, Jr., (and shortly later with the John L. Roper Collection), two different banks in the Norfolk, Virginia area established special showrooms in their lobbies for displays. 

Did you know that Stack’s Bowers upcoming sale of the Gilded Age Collection is the first collection at auction to be composed exclusively of select, conservative Mint State Liberty Head double eagle gold coins ?  The Gilded Age Collection encompasses more different Mint State $20 gold Liberties in one collection than in the four greatest U.S. gold collections of Bass (Bowers & Merena, 1999-2000), Browning/Dallas Bank (Sotheby’s/Stack’s, 2001), Eliasberg (Bowers and Ruddy Galleries, 1982), and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Numismatic Collection (1840’s onward) combined.     

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. 

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

Talk about a condition rarity! The 1906-S double eagle is a relatively common date coin in lower Mint State, but it is very scarce in Gem. In our June sale with the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present the only PCGS example certified higher than MS-65 for the date. Graded long ago (and with a green PCGS sticker) Its last auction appearance was in our (Bowers and Ruddy’s) October 1982 sale of the U.S. Gold Coin Collection (Louis E. Eliasberg Collection), where it was described as: 

By Kent Ponterio, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director, World and Ancient Coins and Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

Our November Baltimore Auction at the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo has just ended, and the team here at Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio could not be more pleased with the results! Successful auctions are a staple for our company, along with offering truly unique numismatic landmarks. The inaugural highlight for our January New York International show is truly a milestone for our world numismatic team. We are proud to offer the first machine made 8 Escudos of Colombia. This coin will certainly change history and the numismatic field forever.