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By Aris Maragoudakis, Currency Specialist

With our Rarities Auction in New York City only a couple weeks away, all lots are available for viewing on our website. With a large variety ranging from colonial to type notes, to error notes like the Double Denomination that we featured on the blog before, we are sure to strike a chord with every collector. However, for anyone interested in rare, and stunning notes from Massachusetts, this particular sale is perfect for you.  

By John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant

Formed with individual dedication, through the power of relationships, the Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection is a tangible memorial to American history. The array of Massachusetts silver coins enable us to connect with not only the men and women who initially colonized New England, but their descendants and three generations of immigrants that followed them before the end of the 17th century. 

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

A rare and intriguing $3 obsolete banknote from the Fitchburg Bank of Fitchburg, Massachusetts will be featured in our upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo in Baltimore. The Fitchburg Bank issued obsolete bank notes from 1832 to 1865 when it became the Fitchburg National Bank, Charter #1077. 

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

Here we feature one of many highlights from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection, a well pedigreed, thoroughly published, and extremely rare 1652 Noe-18 Oak Tree sixpence. A photo of this coin has graced the plates of the 1914 ANS Exhibition; Wurtzbach’s Plates of Massachusetts Silver (1937); Noe’s reference on Oak Tree Coinage (1947); Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia (1988); and Q. David Bowers’ Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins published by Whitman in 2009. 

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be offering an 1861 Confederate States of America half dollar from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection?  This coin is one of just four original examples struck and will be sold publicly for the first time, having been a part of this cabinet since its acquisition  from Lester Merkin in 1971. The collection will be offered in March 2015 in conjunction with the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information or if you are interested in consigning your collection alongside these rarities, please contact Christine Karstedt, Lawrence R. Stack, Vicken Yegparian or John Pack at 800-458-4646.

Did you know that Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be offering a record seven different varieties of Massachusetts NE Coinage as part of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection? Six different NE shillings, along with the Crosby Plate (1875) – Bushnell (1882) – Garrett NE sixpence, makes the collection complete by die variety among NE pieces, aside from the unique NE threepence permanently impounded in the Massachusetts Historical Society. Click to read more.

Did you know that Stack’s Bowers Galleries is selling the finest collection of Massachusetts Silver ever to be auctioned? The Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection will be offered during our official auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in March 2015.  Other highlights include a 1792 Birch Cent, 1792 Silver Center Cent and 1861 Confederate Half Dollar. 

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

This entry in The Exonumia Corner is among my favorites, as it combines three hobbies, coin collecting, stamp collecting, and postcard collecting. This brown sepia-toned postcard was copyrighted in 1906 by H.I. Robbins of Boston, Massachusetts. Its design is simple with lucky four-leaf clovers and horseshoes diagonally across the front with SAVE / 99 / MORE in large letters on three lines at the center.