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By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Some reflections on collecting in past times, part of a commentary I am doing on the “instant collecting” of today, 2019. “Instant collecting,” via the Internet and with certified coins and 101 different sources for pricing information, would seem to make it unnecessary for most collectors to know about authenticity, grade, or much else about numismatics. Today, for most buyers, collecting is mindless. Soon, the novelty wears off, and the newcomers are gone forever.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

This quiz asks you to identify on which date and denomination coin you would find some interestingly names varieties.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

When great collections are sold, the vast majority of them come our way—and have ever since Stack’s held its first sale in 1935. We seem to be a magnet, attracting sophisticated numismatists when they decide to sell their holdings. As such, no firm in the world has handled as many “name” collection, rarities, and other coins, tokens, medals, and currency as we have. ​​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

A reader recently asked whether I liked third-party grading services such as PCGS and NGC. This furnishes an opportunity for some comments.​​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Last week was as busy as ever for those of us at Stack’s Bowers Galleries who were attending conventions. The New York International Show was anchored by our fine sale of ancient and world coins and paper money that saw excellent prices and strong competition. Melissa Karstedt was auctioneer at the American Numismatic Society Gala held at the Harvard Club on Thursday night—always a grand event.​​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Happy New Year Part II to speak. My last message had to do with the world at large and present situations, plus a mention that I will be at the Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando all day on Thursday and Friday, January 10 and 11. Whether you are a newcomer to the world’s greatest hobby (as I like to call it) or whether we’ve known each other for years, stop by to say hello. I will be glad to autograph any books you bring with me or buy at the Whitman booth at the show.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Welcome to my last message of 2018. I hope the year has been a good one for you in numismatics and in life. It has been a fine year here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries. We have handled our share of great consignments and collections at auction plus countless sales by private treaty. Our Internet-only sales have expanded, enhancing our regular auction program. ​​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

I was honored to be featured in the latest installment of “The Numismatic Bookie,” Joel J. Orosz’s popular column in Coin World. It began with: “Three numismatic auction catalogs are illustrated on this page, each produced in a different century...​

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