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Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries in conjunction with Sotheby’s is selling selections from the extensive holdings of the Swiss noble Family Grad d’Hauteville in our February Rarities sale? View and bid on these exciting selections from Library of Chateau d’Hauteville, including important items relating to the career of Commanding General of the United States Army Alexander Macomb, online here.

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Capped Bust dime made its debut in 1809, replacing the Draped Bust design type used on the denomination since 1796. Designed by John Reich, the motif depicts a capped bust of Liberty facing left, a design that would be used on most U.S. silver coinage over the following three decades. 

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Rarities - Can supply factors make them scarce or more common?

The question often arises whether a rare or scarce coin that was difficult to find sometimes become more common.  The answer is " Yes."  Many things affect the supply of a given coin, including how many were made, the amount of commercial use received, bullion value versus face value, popularity of a design or denomination, international and domestic affairs, and much more. 

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to Rarities Night 2015! This event is always a highlight of our series of auctions with the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money.

The highlights are many. Here are some of my favorites:

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

As a complement to our sale of the D. Brent Pogue Collection Part I held by us and Sotheby’s at Sotheby’s New York City headquarters on May 19, we present The Rarities Auction. Highlighted by the finest known specimen of one of America’s greatest rarities—the Ultra High Relief MCMVII (1907) double eagle—the sale comprises 109 lots. 

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

During the middle of the 20th century, due to the aging of collectors who had collected prior to the 1950s, a major group of outstanding collections became available at public auction or by private sale. Most of the collections included coins from collections that were formed in the late 19th century and up to the beginning of World War II.

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to Rarities Night 2014! What a great way and what a great day to start our series of auctions for the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money. The eyes of the numismatic world will join you as you contemplate our Rarities Night presentation, which this year offers not one but three catalogs. 

Did you know that the Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale of the Dr. James A. Ferrendelli Collection of Early United States Gold Coins 1795 to 1839, is unique in that it is the only time in numismatic history that a complete die variety collection of early quarter eagles has been presented at auction—each and every die variety from 1796 to 1834. Click here for a free download of the catalog, featured in Part 1 of the Rarities Night session at our Official Auction of the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money.