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By Matt Quinn, Assistant Director of Currency

Several important World Banknotes were up for grabs on August 8 where Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio joined to sell over $7 million of collectible currency. The Wednesday morning session commenced at 10 a.m. containing 374 lots of scarce to rare foreign banknotes. Several key rarities were made available to eager collectors who commonly seek the finest available material. Many of the specifically high-grade offerings were those sighted atop PMG’s current population data. Those items generally reside in a Gem or Superb Gem state of preservation with quality incredibly difficult to surpass. When encapsulated within a PMG Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ holder, banknotes are to show with striking original paper, color and detail along with ample centering and margins. Further high grades from PMG will begin to creep upon perfection with the highest grades giving no clue to the naked eye of a single numismatic distraction.

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. and World Coins; with assistance from Kent Ponterio, Todd McKenna, Kyle Ponterio, Chris Chatigny and Bruce Roland Hagen

For the past months, articles highlighting selected rarities from our upcoming ANA world sale have been posted to our website and have been featured in our weekly email newsletters. As the ANA is rapidly approaching, I would like to walk through the three catalogs that will make up the World and Ancient sections of our official ANA sale. There will truly be something for everyone with important collections, individual rarities, and much more in the lots that will cross the block. The historic offerings in all sessions were put together by our team of consignment directors and expertly cataloged by our team of foreign and ancient coin specialists, with our great support and graphics departments putting it all together.