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Of Pirates’ Treasures and California Gold Charms

Of Pirates’ Treasures and California Gold Charms

By Frank VanValen, Numismatist and Cataloger

We all, or at least many of us, wanted to be pirates when we were kids. Swashbucklers all, we watched the antics of Errol Flynn on Saturday morning black and white television and thrilled to the adventures of such denizens of the “bounding main” as Flynn’s portrayal of Captain Blood. We knew all about pirate captains such as Blackbeard, Bluebeard, and even Redbeard, and we learned about the exciting life of a pirate through such clever tales as Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. 
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Majestic Choice AU 1795 Small Eagle $5 to be Offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Majestic Choice AU 1795 Small Eagle $5 to be Offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Cataloger & Numismatist

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present a Choice AU 1795 Small Eagle $5 in our Rarities Night session of the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo. Uniform sunshine-yellow toning on each side is amplified by a semi-prooflike reflectivity shimmering across the fields. The design elements are well rendered and densely frosted, haloed by satiny Mint luster in most areas. 
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Newly Discovered Fernandina, Florida Serial Number 1 $5 Brown Back Featured in March Baltimore Auction

Newly Discovered Fernandina, Florida Serial Number 1 $5 Brown Back Featured in March Baltimore Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

National currency enthusiasts will be excited by the recent discovery of a serial number 1 1882 $5 Brown Back from the First National Bank of Fernandina, Florida (Charter #4558). The note is now the finest $5 Brown Back known on the state of Florida and is one of just a small handful of serial number 1 Brown Backs from the Sunshine State. It will be featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo March 30-April 1, 2016. 

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries is selling The Monument Hill Collection, a cabinet of high grade, premium quality type coins with a concentration of Proof Liberty Seated and Morgan silver dollars? This collection will be featured in our upcoming official auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo in Baltimore. Highlights include an 1838 Liberty Seated quarter. No Drapery. Briggs 1-A. Open Claws Reverse. MS-64 (PCGS) (CAC), a 1795 Draped Bust silver dollar. AU-55 (NGC), an 1887 Morgan silver dollar. Proof-65 Cameo (PCGS) (CAC), and an 1882 trade dollar. Proof-64 Ultra Cameo (NGC) (CAC). 

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Make your plans to attend the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo!

Make your plans to attend the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo!

By Melissa Karstedt, Auctioneer

Stack’s Bowers is the official auctioneer of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo, being held the last week of March, in Baltimore, Maryland.  Lot viewing will begin on Tuesday, March 29 at 9:00AM in room 307 of the Convention Center and continue through Friday, April 1 from 9AM-7PM, and then on Saturday, April 2 from 9AM-Noon.

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Deluxe Hardbound Pogue Catalogs and Books

Deluxe Hardbound Pogue Catalogs and Books

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

The D. Brent Pogue Collection, after just three sales, has become the most valuable numismatic collection ever sold. With total auction prices realized of $68,569,181 the Pogue Collection has now passed both the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection ($63,052,197) and the Eric P. Newman Collection ($61,880,912). In addition, individual coins in the collection have set price records as well. It is unlikely that there will ever be another collection to compare with this extraordinary cabinet. 
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China Hupeh Yuan Shih-kai 1920 20 Cents Piece Tied for Finest Certified

China Hupeh Yuan Shih-kai 1920 20 Cents Piece Tied for Finest Certified

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The next highlight from the Stack’s Bowers April Hong Kong Showcase Auction will be a Chinese Provincial issue from Hupeh, a great coin that is tied for finest certified. The obverse shows a left facing portrait of Yuan Shih-kai in his military uniform. The Chinese inscription that appears above Yuan Shih-kai’s bust provides the date and the issuing authority: “Republic of China, Ninth Year.” 
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Statehood Quarters - A Mystery, Where Have They Gone?

Statehood Quarters - A Mystery, Where Have They Gone?

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Over the years the United States Mint has issued many commemorative coins. There was the “Classic” series of commemoratives that were struck between 1892 and 1954. There were the Bicentennial coins of 1776, featuring special reverse designs for the quarter, half dollar and dollar. Starting in 1983, the Mint began issuing many new coins commemorating various events and historical happenings with some struck in gold, others in silver, and sold at a profit to the Mint. 
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