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By Q. David Bowers, Founder

The Finest Ever Certified!

There is something incredible, something special, about any 1793 Chain cent. First delivered by the coiner at the Mint on March 1, 1793, these were released into circulation without fanfare. There is no known record of anyone having a numismatic interest in them at the time. The result was that the several varieties of the 1793 Chain cent passed into circulation without notice. Most became worn, some extremely so. In 1859 in his American Numismatical Manual Montroville W. Dickeson commented that such pieces could still be found in circulation.

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

A Coming Attraction

As you read these words, in slightly over three months we will be auctioning Part III of the D. Brent Pogue Collection. The venue will be familiar: the international headquarters of Sotheby’s in New York City, our partners in a sale that will be forever remembered in the halls of numismatics. The date is February 9, 2016, for the Pogue III sale and the next day, also at Sotheby’s, for our Rarities Auction in a separate catalog. It is not too early to make travel and hotel reservations.

Did you know that Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be featuring the 1804 silver dollar from the Garrett Collection in our Official Auction of the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money?  This Class III, BB-306 dollar is graded Proof-55 by NGC and will be on display at Table 502 at this week’s Long Beach Coin Expo.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

As I write these words I have many nice memories of our auctions held in connection with the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore two weeks ago. There were many highlights, but one of special interest to me was the 1776 New Hampshire copper. In that year the new state of New Hampshire decided to have a copper coinage and commissioned a local artisan to produce the coppers, of which a limited number were struck.

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

If it’s the history, the art, and the romance of numismatics that keeps you coming back for more, you’re bound to fall in love with the Gem Specimen-65 1843-D Half Eagle we will be offering in our upcoming gala ANA auction event to be held in August in the “City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia. Called a Proof by generations of numismatists who came before us, this remarkable 1843-D Specimen branch mint half eagle is a unique American numismatic treasure.

By John Salyer, Cataloger & Numismatist, U.S. Coins

Amazing Gem Certified MS-66 BN by NGC Featured in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ 2012 Philadelphia ANA Auction

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

Welcome to my weekly comments. As I contemplate what to write about I cannot help but think of our tradition of handling the greatest of the great collections in the past. While inexpensive Morgan dollars, scarce Lincoln cents, interesting tokens, modern Mint issues and the like make up a large part of the numismatic hobby, it is the great rarities and landmark collections that attract the most attention and linger longest in one’s mind.