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By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Born in Philadelphia on August 26, 1909, the son of Bernard and Rose G. Gasparro, Frank Gasparro developed an interest in art at an early age and studied the subject at the Fleisher Art Memorial while still in grade school. He studied under Giuseppe Donato 1924-1929, who had worked with famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Enrolling in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1928, Gasparro studied there until 1931, later taking advantage of two European scholarships (studying in France, Italy, Germany, England, and Sweden), after which he became a professional sculptor. 

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​The art and science of numismatics has enriched all of our lives. The gathering of coins, tokens, medals, and paper money and information and history concerning them is challenging and exciting. There are no bars to entry. If you aspire to collect one of each Proof double eagle of the Liberty Head and Saint-Gaudens types, it would be nice if you had bought Berkshire-Hathaway stock when it was $6 per share (today it is $338,500). However, not many of us did that.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​See how many you can get right from the five questions below. Each has four clues. Accordingly, by chance you should get at least one right. See how well you can do.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Time was when the vast majority of collectors kept their coins in Whitman folders and albums. Lincoln cents were a favorite and were in two folders: 1909 to 1940 and 1941 to date. Over the years I have bought many collections housed in these folders. Most have had circulated coins from 1909 to 1933 or so and Mint State coins for later years. When I first started collecting coins in 1952 I used these folders. To protect the later brilliant coins I coated each with clear fingernail polish.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​A recent article told of the opening of our new flagship store on Park Avenue in New York City. Everyone is very excited to be in our new store and while we are still settling in, business has been carrying on as much as it can during our current times.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​While we often talk about the auctions that Stack’s Bowers Galleries presents – and they are definitely worthy of the attention – we are also very proud of our retail services, whether it is helping collectors build their cabinets through direct sales, buying and selling precious metals, or providing a way for people to quickly access the value of coins, bullion and paper money through immediate sale.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Rarities Night session of our November 2020 Showcase Auction, which is highlighted by several significant cabinets that are being offered for the first time in decades. As we all continue to find our way in this unprecedented environment, it is heartening to know that the coin collecting market remains strong and that numismatics continues to provide an interesting and enjoyable pursuit for so many.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Yes you can! And quite inexpensively as well! There is, of course, a good reason why this is so easy to do. That’s because the year 1816 is the only one in the history of United States coinage from 1793 to date when just one denomination was struck, the copper one-cent piece. Despite being the only 1816-dated coins struck, examples are plentiful today and are affordable, even including in higher grades.​

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