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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.  

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.

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins; based on the lot descriptions by Kent Ponterio & Chris Chatigny

The first coins issued in what is now the Commonwealth of Australia were issued out of necessity, using the internationally useful Spanish colonial silver 8 reales as host. The centers of the eight reales were punched out, and around the hole, were inscribed NEW SOUTH WALES 1813 on the obverse side, and FIVE SHILLINGS with a wreath on the reverse. 

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

With last weekend’s celebration of the Fourth of July holiday we look at one of the most patriotic issues of notes in American history. Before the first federal issues of American currency were produced, the colonies printed their own circulating paper currency. The Massachusetts Bay Colony issued a series of notes in 1775 and 1776 printed by famous American patriot Paul Revere. 

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

“Short Worm” Variety to Star in Our November 2012 Baltimore Sale

In 1783, Annapolis, Maryland gold and silversmith Captain John Chalmers (1750-1817), one-time Continental Army recruiting officer and Sherriff of Baltimore, produced a series of silver coins in the denominations of threepence, sixpence and shilling, with several die varieties now known to today’s collectors, some of which are extremely rare. Many, if not all, of the dies were produced and cut by Thomas Sparrow, who is also known for his work on the paper money plates of the Maryland Colony. Chalmers may also have been responsible for some of the dies, as he was a talented silversmith and no stranger to finely detailed engraving. The coins were produced in a wooden building at Fleet and Cornhill streets in Annapolis.

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

Ex: Roper -- "Jack" Royse Specimen to Highlight November Baltimore C4 Auction.

Among the most important offerings in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ inaugural C4 auction sale (as part of the official auction of the November 2012 Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo) will be a lovely and rare Lord Baltimore Shilling. Certified AU-50+ by PCGS and pedigreed to the Roper and John “Jack” Royse collections, this coin is set to cross the auction block as lot 6009.