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By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to present a rare bimetallic pattern dollar featuring Braille text in their November 2020 Showcase Auction. Struck by the German company Schuler for exhibition at United States Congressional hearings and the U.S. Mint, this pattern was intended to demonstrate the implementation of Braille elements in response to concerns from the Alliance for the Blind. It has a copper-nickel outer ring with a brass insert at the center, and the Braille characters REV on one side of the copper-nickel ring to identify the reverse for the vision-impaired.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​With just 110,000 coins produced, the 1894 has the lowest mintage among circulation strike Morgan dollars from the Philadelphia Mint. It is a key date issue in this popular series, and is the rarest Philadelphia Mint Morgan in Mint State after only the 1901. When offered in Uncirculated condition, the 1894 is usually found in MS-60 to MS-64 grades and often has subdued luster or numerous detracting marks.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​As the sole Proof-only issue in the series, the 1895 has long enjoyed near-legendary status. Every collector seeking to assemble a complete date set of Morgan dollars must acquire a Proof for the 1895, explaining the incredible demand in today's market. For years, numismatic references listed a mintage of 12,000 circulation strikes for the Philadelphia Mint. Modern numismatic scholarship, however, suggests that the reported mintage represents a bookkeeping adjustment by the Mint to account for a final delivery of 1894-dated silver dollars.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​The 1815/2 half dollar is a significant key date in the Capped Bust, Lettered Edge series. Struck from a single die pair, it is the only 1815-dated half dollar, subjecting it to incredible demand for those building a date set of halves. Just 47,150 examples were struck, dramatically fewer than the 1,039,075 produced in 1814 and the 1,215,567 struck in 1817. No half dollars were struck in 1816. 

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​As a well-produced issue from the first decade of the series, the 1916 Lincoln cent is among the most popular representatives for both type collectors and small cent specialists. With a mintage of 131.8 million pieces, the 1916 represents a transition between the lower mintage early Philadelphia cents and the higher mintages that occurred as the United States was emerging from World War I. While readily available in most Mint State grades, the number of survivors of the 1916 cent becomes extremely limited above MS-66.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​​The 1870 half dime is one of the final Philadelphia Mint issues of this denomination and serves as a popular type candidate from the Legend Obverse portion of the series. A quick glance at the certified population data published by PCGS and NGC, confirms that survivors are anything but common in the finest Mint State grades. Even at the MS-65 level this issue is scarce, and finer grades are rare.

​By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

The 1879-S Morgan represents the second year of the series and serves as a popular issue among type collectors and VAM variety specialists. Almost all of the 9,110,000 coins struck at San Francisco were not paid out, but remained in the Mint's vaults and were gradually released in quantities in 1942 and again in the early 1960s. Most Mint State survivors come from those releases and often have bagmarks or other abrasions. These resulted from being moved around from vault to vault during counts in very heavy $1,000 face value sacks for the better part of 80 years. About two million examples remain in Uncirculated grades, with the vast majority in grades of MS-64 or lower.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​​Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to present a newly discovered example of the 1786 Maris 10 1/2-C NJ copper in their upcoming August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. The Maris 10 1/2-C is a relative newcomer to the corpus of the New Jersey copper series, which now totaling 144 distinct varieties. New Jersey State Coppers (2013) authors Siboni, Howes and Ish suggest that both 8 ½-C and 10 ½-C “may have been struck toward the end of the New Jersey pattern period.” as “stylistically, [the obverses] seem to represent a transition between the patterns and the coins produced for regular circulation.”

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