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By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our Stack’s Bowers Galleries August ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction to be held in Anaheim, California is shaping up into a well-formed sale with a plethora of exciting coins, many of which will be previewed in the coming weeks. The fantastic European gold highlights continue into this week with a gorgeous proof quality Great Britain ½ Guinea gold token struck in 1812.

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction promises to be a fantastic sale packed with exciting pieces. Today’s featured coin is an exceptional Centime Essai Piefort from French Cochin China, struck in 1879. French Cochin China was a major French colonial holding in Southeast Asia. Along with Tonkin and Annam, French Cochin China would later be amalgamated into the greater territory of French Indo-China.

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The weekly iAuctions here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries are a great source for collectible coins within a reasonable budget. Every month (closing on the first Sunday of the month) these iAuctions will contain World and/or Ancient coins, with the inclusion of some very notable highlights such as this piece, a historically important coin involved with the construction of the Suez Canal. Located in Egypt, the Suez Canal allows naval vessels and merchant ships to easily cross between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. 

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

The weekly iAuctions here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries are a great source for collectible coins within a reasonable budget. Every month (closing on the first Sunday of the month) our iAuctions will contain world coins, with the inclusion of some very notable highlights such as this piece. The archipelago of the Philippines provides an impressive silver 10 Centavos piece in Proof. The modern nation of the Philippines was named after the Spanish King Philip II, after Spanish explorers discovered it during an expedition in the 1500s. Spain controlled the Philippines, known as the “Spanish Orient” for over 300 years until the Spanish-American War. At the outcome of that conflict in 1898 control of the Philippines passed to the United States. The U.S. mints in San Francisco, and Philadelphia provided the Philippines with a large portion of its coins until they renovated the mint in Manila in 1920. After that the Manila mint produced coins until Japanese occupation during World War II, after which the Denver mint also produced coins for the Philippines.

By Kyle Ponterio, Numismatist and Cataloger

With the ANA auction just around the corner, collectors and dealers are gearing up for one of the biggest and best shows of the year! With many interesting, rare and specialized pieces crossing the auction block, this Japanese Trade coin certainly fits right in. These countermarked pieces circulated for less than a year accounting for their scarcity -- our records indicate 36 different pieces with 25% of these examples in museums and institutions. Of the examples for which we can find records, this particular piece is not only the finest graded, but also one of the finest examples known.