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By Jennifer Meers, Marketing and Graphic Design

When the going gets tough, the tough declare themselves Emperor. Or so it seems for Joshua Abraham Norton, who on September 17, 1859, published the following declaration in the San Francisco Evening Bulletin:


Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries was awarded “Best Auction Catalog: Books and Exonumia”from the Numismatic Literary Guild for the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part XXIV, September 2013 at the August 2014 Chicago ANA? Stack’s Bowers Galleries sold the John Jr. Ford Collection over a number of years for over $60 million and it is considered to be one of the most important collections of tokens, western Americana, political Americana and related items ever to be offered.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

See if you can match the numismatic ‘players’ with their ‘bases.’ Who did what? If you think that some of the questions are a bit obscure, you are right!

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

We invite you to meet Frederick C.C. Boyd, known to his friends as “Fred” Boyd.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Concluding One of the Most Important Collection of Tokens Western Americana, Political Americana and Related Items Ever to be Offered.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Hello from the Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction of the John J. Ford, Jr. tokens -- lots of activity as part of one of the most dynamic ANA conventions I’ve ever attended. As to the Ford tokens, the vast majority have been off the market for generations.

By Harvey G. Stack, Senior Numismatic Consultant

At our recent World’s Fair of Money auction we offered parts 22 and 23 of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection. It reminded me again of the close friendship that existed between the Stack family and John Ford, and also of the early years of friendship between John and my cousin Norman and myself.

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist and Cataloger, U.S Coins. Based on the lot description by Andrew W. Pollock, III Numismatic Consultant and Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

One of Perhaps Just Four Huckel, Burrows & Jennings Tokens Known

Ex: Brand, New Netherlands, Boyd, Ford, Dice-Hicks

One of the primary rarities in the entire Hard Times tokens series will cross the auction block in our Philadelphia Americana Sale, to be held in the City of Brotherly Love, September 17 through 22, 2013. A diverse offering of coins, medals, tokens, and other numismatic delights will be offered in Philadelphia, including Part XXIV of the legendary John J. Ford, Jr. Collection.