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By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

The upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo will feature a stunning Fr. 271 1899 $5 Silver Certificate graded Superb Gem New 68 PPQ by PCGS. This note is the single finest Fr. 271 to be graded by PCGS. Furthermore, the note is one of only four out of more than 2,500 $5 “Indian Chiefs” graded by PCGS to achieve the PCGS Gem New 68 PPQ grade.

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

Built over a dozen years, the Deer Grove Collection of Indian Head Half Eagles is the Current #2 PCGS Registry Set, and #7 All Time PCGS Registry Set for the series, with a weighted GPA, of 63.935, and grades ranging from MS-63 to MS-65+. To put this in perspective, the all-time finest set, the Simpson Collection, has a weighted GPA of 65.32. 

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

A frosty and lustrous MS-61 PCGS-certified 1913-S eagle should catch the eyes of many collectors in our upcoming iAuction # 3526. This low-mintage date was struck to the tune of just 66,000 pieces, one of the lowest production tallies within the series. 

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins, Based on the Catalog Description by John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant

Indian Peace medals are a true tangible link to the history and politics surrounding the relations between the Native American tribes and the governing bodies who made treaties with those tribes. The tradition of awarding medals to important Native Americans began in colonial times, and continued through to 1890. Most collectors are familiar with the silver and bronze medals issued by United States presidents from Washington through Hayes, as these appear on the market with some frequency. 

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

A sparkling Gem Proof 1897 Indian cent graded Proof-66 RD by PCGS is one of many highlights in our iAuction sale #3506. The golden-red surfaces are somewhat frosty on the devices and highly reflective in the fields. Careful inspection of the coin justifies its lofty grade. 

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins based on the expert description by John Pack, Executive Director of Consignments

Undated (Circa 1890-1893) Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal. The Only Size. Silver. 76.7 mm, 3.75 to 4.05 mm thick. 3,463.7 grains. Obverse Signed C.E. BARBER F. Julian IP-48. Choice Very Fine. Lovely light silver gray with scattered minor scrapes and marks consistent with awarded Peace medals, but free of the more serious marks seen on many pieces. Rather well preserved overall, and very pleasing. 

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In 1859 an estimated 1,000 or more specimens were made of a so-called transitional pattern (Pollock-272, Judd-228) utilizing the standard 1859 Indian Head cent obverse in combination with the oak wreath and shield reverse (as regularly adopted in 1860). Unlike most patterns, nearly all strikings were made in circulated strike format instead of Proof. Which raises the question: Is it a pattern or is it a regular issue? 

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

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