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By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In 1905, Charles E. Barber created the ‘official’ inaugural medal for President Theodore Roosevelt. ‘Teddy’ had been president since September 1901, when as vice president he became heir to the highest office when William McKinley was assassinated (while attending an event at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York). 

By John Pack, Executive Director of Consignments

The 1838 eagle is where it all began for the basic design type that would continue until Augustus Saint-Gaudens was called upon to redesign the coinage in 1907. While minor modifications were made along the way, this was the first use of Christian Gobrecht’s new design that was used on quarter eagles, half eagles, eagles and double eagles into the 20th century. 

By Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

In this final part, I conclude my discussion of building a type set of 20th-century coins (1900 to 1999) by describing the gold coins of that era.

By Frank VanValen, Numismatist and Cataloger

Few presidents have left their personal stamp on history the way the “Rough Rider” president, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, did. After becoming president in 1901 upon the death of William McKinley, Roosevelt brought a new and open form of government to Washington, D.C. He was, as is generally the case with presidents, as much respected as he was despised. However, he had friends in the world of fine arts, including Augustus Saint-Gaudens – we all know the familiar tale of their collaboration to bring about the MCMVII High Relief double eagle coinage, but few know of the Roosevelt Inaugural medal of 1905.

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist and Cataloger, U.S. Coins. Based on the lot description by James Matthews, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. Coins

Ask any collector today about Augustus Saint-Gaudens and they will, more often than not, mention his classic MCMVII High Relief double eagle, recognized as perhaps America’s most beautiful coinage endeavor. While less familiar to some, the Saint-Gaudens Indian eagle design type of 1907 to 1933 is equally as beautiful as the double eagle design in the eyes of many of today’s collectors.

By Christine Karstedt, Executive Vice President

The Americana Sales held twice yearly by Stack’s Bowers Galleries are a much-anticipated tradition. Our recent sale continued the excitement as over 4,000 lots crossed the block in our state-of-the art auction gallery January 25-27, 2012, in Manhattan. Participants were thrilled with the wide variety of material offered highlighted with several “name” collections and old-time cabinets being presented for the first time in decades. As the last session closed on Thursday night the sale realized over $6 million. Electricity was in the air as thousands of customers followed the action on the Internet and others attended in person. At Stack’s Bowers sales records are made to be broken, and this happened time and again!

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

Later in June of this year, all eyes in the numismatic world will be on lot 4438 in our Baltimore Auction sale as one of the legendary gold rarities of United States coinage comes to market -- the fabled MCMVII Ultra High Relief Saint-Gaudens double eagle with Lettered Edge. Graded an incredible Proof-69 by PCGS, this prominent rarity is certain to fetch a price well into the seven-figure range, joining a modest handful of other U.S. coins that share that “Million Dollar Club” distinction.

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

With my catalog in hand for our official auction in connection with the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Expo, June 28-29, I am about to take a walk through it, so to speak. You can follow me either in a printed catalog or on line. The event will be a great one – certainly to be remembered as one of the most important auctions of the year. Highlighting it is a magnificent Superb Gem Proof MCMVII (1907) Ultra High Relief double eagle, one of fewer than 20 believed to exist, with none finer than this. While this coin is the stuff of which dreams are made, the majority of the sale comprises affordable items, ranging from the tens of dollars, through the hundreds of dollars and upward. Scarce dates and mintmarks, popular types, expanded offerings in certain series, and more await your contemplation.
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