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By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

As I have written earlier, the key to longevity in numismatics is specializing. This involves forming a basic working library, reading about areas of interest, and collecting slowly and carefully. This can take a lot of money or very little, depending on what you choose.

At the grand end of the scale Louis E. Eliasberg sought to acquire one of each federal coin listed in the Guide Book, from the 1793 half cent to the 1933 double eagle.​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

As you read these words, I am in Baltimore or getting ready to go, all set to participate in the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo – always one of the great shows of the year. Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be having multiple dynamic auction sessions.​​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

The forthcoming Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, Thursday, October 25 to Saturday, October 27 promises to be one of the most special events of the year.​​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Welcome to Part 1 of the Caine Collection of federal currency proof notes, an unprecedented offering. Such proofs, also called essays, represent the evolution of designs that in most instances were used in this form or modified to create regular series, from those of 1861 onward in the large-size series, continuing into the post-1928 small size.​​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

The following quiz, adapted from an issue of Rare Coin Review, is devoted to coins by design types.​ Do your best to answer these questions, and check the key at the bottom to see if you got them correct!​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​After spending a week in Philadelphia, I returned from the ANA convention, the "World's Fair of Money," with many nice memories. This was far and away the most dynamic, most active ANA convention in many years.​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Picking up on my comments on medals in my last blog, for this issue I mention one of my favorite medals—struck for the 1838 bicentennial of the city of New Haven, Connecticut. Key in its production was John Allan, recognized today (in 2018) as the first rare coin dealer in America. He was a jack of all trades, in a way.​​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Are you planning to attend the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money convention in Philadelphia? I hope so. If you do, Stack’s Bowers Galleries has a lot of events—multiple auction sessions, a dynamic bourse setup, and the opportunity to meet, greet, and chat with our staff.​​

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