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By Hadrien J. Rambach

After meeting in London in 2005, by chance and for a few minutes only, an epistolary relationship developed between George La Borde and myself. It took several years before we met in person again, but visiting him and his wife in Calgary has since become a regular pleasure for my wife and myself. I have been very privileged, over the past decade, to assist him in forming his coin collection.

By John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant

Just as history is always more intricate and intense as it is being lived than it seems in retrospect, assembling a collection like this one is a more complex endeavor than a neatly organized auction catalog containing 63 superb coins may make it seem. While the coins acquired by D. Brent Pogue and his father Mack fill this catalog, the fourth in a series, what’s not included perhaps defines the Pogue Collection as much as what is included. Nowhere on the pages to follow will there be evidence of the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of auction catalogs that were scanned and set aside after discovering they offered no coin important enough to add to this collection.

Charles Emanuel Revtyak (b. 1904 d. 1957) of Coaldale City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania was a collector and a student of U.S. numismatics who taught art and coached football at Coaldale High School. Although he sold gold coins as an adult to support his family during the Great Depression, he continued to amass notable collections of large and small cents, Shield, Liberty Head, Buffalo and Jefferson nickels, among many other series.

In July 2015 we had the pleasure of presenting for sale the Twin Leaf Collection, then the finest collection of Middle and Late Date large cents. The coins had been assembled over two decades by a collector who sought completion but was driven to buy many of the finest coins that became available along the way. As a result, the collection included many Condition Census pieces, as well as coins with impressive provenance. While most cent collectors would be satisfied to acquire one example of each variety, here we have a collector who stopped at nothing to acquire every Proof available, including duplicates, and worked to assemble representatives of the varying die states as well as the Newcomb numbers

By Aris Maragoudakis, Currency Specialist

We have recently finalized our February Rarities Auction. The lots are now listed online and are available for viewing! From scarce high grade Obsoletes, to high denomination large-size Federal Reserve notes, to rare National Bank notes, we are aiming to have all the currency bases covered. In addition, as Lot #46, we are featuring a very special error note: a Fr. 1960-J 1934d $5/$10 Double Denomination note graded 65PPQ by PCGS Currency.

Including Important Items Relating to the Career of Commanding General of the United States Army Alexander Macomb (1782-1841)

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to offer several items from the recent sale of the extensive holdings of the Swiss noble family Grand d’Hauteville. The family’s holdings were kept at Chateau d’Hauteville, a castle in the municipality of Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz, Canton Vaud, Switzerland. Included are several important items relating to the career of Alexander Macomb, “The Hero of Plattsburgh,” who in 1828 rose to the position of Commanding General of the United States Army. 

By Bruce Walker, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Lennart Philipson Collection of Swedish coinage, one of the anchor consignments at our upcoming January 2016 NYINC auction, represents a near lifetime achievement dedicated to the memory of Thor Bäckström, the grandfather of Mr. Philipson. As is so often the case with numismatics, Thor Bäckström’s avid interest in coins served as the inspiration for a collection that eventually blossomed into a comprehensive type set dating from the 16th century forward. 

Crossing the block as part of the December Hong Kong auction, we are pleased to offer space collectibles from the ‘Shenzhou 1. These items were stored in the cabin of and traveled into space aboard ‘Shenzhou 1’, China’s first space ship in 1999. Returning to the Earth from space, each piece was examined and certified by The People’s Republic of China Beijing Notary Office.”