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Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

One of the greatest attractions of our January auction sale – indeed, perhaps the key rarity to be auctioned in all of the year 2013 – is the finest known example of the 1794 silver dollar. This piece traces its pedigree to the Amon Carter, Jr. Collection, we (Stack’s) sold a number of years ago, after which it has changed hands on occasion, with the most recent buyer being the owner of the Cardinal Collection. Graded as Specimen-66, it is head and shoulders above any other dollar of this date. Certainly it must have been preserved with care from the very time of mintage.
Ring in the New Year by selling your coins or collection through one of Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ exciting auctions. Our first auction of the year is the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio official auction of the New York International Numismatic Convention, being held at the Waldorf Astoria from January 10-11, 2014. Be a part of this landmark event by consigning your ancient and world coins and paper money by October 15th.

Highest Price Ever Realized for Any Rare Coin at Auction

Leading rare coin auctioneer Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducted one of the most highly-anticipated events in numismatic history on January 24, 2013, with the sale of the record-setting Cardinal Collection. The highlight of the evening was the $10,016,875 sale of the coveted 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar, a superb Gem Specimen example, the finest known to exist. This set a new world-record price for any coin. Attended by hundreds of enthusiasts, collectors, investors and dealers, and resulting in nearly $27 million in rare coins crossing the block, the auction of The Cardinal Collection and other important consignments took place as part of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries New York Americana Sale.

By Christine Karstedt, Executive Vice President

The Cardinal Collection, Stack’s Bowers Galleries Interviews Martin Logies

Christine Karstedt: Martin, you’ve done it again! After completing your collection of early dollars, which we brought to market for you in 2005, it is obvious that you’ve acquired several fabulous individual rarities and a spectacular collection of large cents. When did you start building the current Cardinal Collection and what was the driving force behind these acquisitions?

Written by Q. David Bowers, Chairman Emeritus

It is all over but the shouting! A familiar expression, this. I am speaking of the Americana sale held by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in New York City from Tuesday, January 22 through Thursday night, January 24. Actually, although shouting continues and the event will echo in the halls of numismatics -- perhaps forever, what with the world’s record $10 million realization for the 1794 silver dollar -- a lot is still going on. Letters, emails, and other messages of congratulations are arriving from all directions, the Americana Sale has inspired a flood of potential sellers to contact our consignment directors, and more nice things have happened.