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By Ben Orooji, Senior Numismatist

​After a stellar August 2021 ANA sale in which Stack's Bowers Galleries sold over 50 million dollars of numismatic treasures and with numerous record-breaking prices achieved, we are ready to do it again this November. Already consigned is this beautiful low mintage 1888 half eagle from a production of just 18,296 pieces at the Philadelphia Mint. Graded by PCGS as MS-65 and housed in an old green holder, a green CAC sticker of approval confirms the quality and eye appeal of this coin. It offers a sharp strike, and the smooth surfaces display vivid reddish-rose and golden apricot colors with pale blue highlights.​

By James McCartney, Director of Consignment and Numismatics

​A Gem Proof 1913 double eagle realized $336,000 in the Stack's Bowers Galleries August 2021 ANA Auction, setting a new record as the most valuable Proof With Motto Saint-Gaudens double eagle ever sold at auction. This $336,000 result more than doubles the prior record for the date and represents over three times the current Greysheet value. Graded Proof-66 (PCGS) CAC, this specimen is tied with the very finest examples seen by PCGS and NGC and represents a monumental treasure for advanced specialists.​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Offered as lot 6339 in the Stack's Bowers Galleries Official ANA Auction was a landmark rarity in the California Small Denomination gold series. One of perhaps just three known, the 1854 BG-103 octagonal 25 cents is one of the rarest and most desirable coins in the fabulous Oregon Collection, a featured cabinet in the August sale. When it crossed the block on Thursday, August 19, it brought $90,000, nearly five times the previous record price for this exceedingly rare variety.​​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

The sole finest 1804 Draped Bust silver dollar sold for $7.68 million in the Stack's Bowers Galleries August 2021 ANA Auction, setting a new auction record as the fifth most valuable United States coin ever sold. Offered in the firm's Rarities Night session on Tuesday, August 17, the sale of this 1804 Draped Bust dollar will be remembered as a milestone in United States numismatics. ​

By James McCartney, Director of Consignments and Numismatics

​Measuring just 14 mm in diameter, the silver three-cent piece is the smallest silver type ever issued by the U.S. Mint in both size and denomination. When they were introduced in 1851, the new silver three-cent pieces, or trimes, circulated widely, primarily used for postage stamps as was intended. Soon, however, the coin's small size caused them to be frequently damaged or lost. The denomination gradually lost utility and popularity, and mintages plunged from a peak of 18.6 million in 1852 to a low of just 1,000 coins in 1872.

By James McCartney, Director of Consignments and Numismatics

In 1899, the Lafayette Memorial Commission sought to use a souvenir coin to raise money to gift France a statue of the Marquis de Lafayette for the 1900 International Exposition in Paris. At first, the Commission asked for 100,000 half dollars but when Congress passed the enabling authorization on March 3, 1899, this was changed to 50,000 dollars to be sold for $2 a coin. ​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

In their Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to offer a unique Congressional Gold Medal presented to Major General, and later President, William Henry Harrison. This treasure, found in lot 5022, combines the ultimate Congressional award with the highest American office into a single relic of incomparable historical importance. It was awarded at the White House in 1825 to recognize Harrison’s victory at the Battle of the Thames during the War of 1812 and was struck in a substantial 7.6 troy ounces of fine gold. Passed down through the Harrison family and held in a private collection in recent years, this marks the medal’s first ever auction appearance and is sure to attract tremendous excitement from the collecting community. ​

By James McCartney, Director of Consignments and Numismatics

While the earliest days of the U.S. Mint boast the greatest density of true rarities, even the modern era has its fair share of exciting treasures to encourage collectors adventurous enough to cherrypick. Though mintage figures confirm that no Jefferson nickel is rare in an absolute sense, populations dwindle to single digits when preservation and strike are considered. The master hub of the Reverse of 1940 had been in use for three decades before it was retired in 1970, and overall quality had been progressively waning during this period.​