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What Do You Know?

What Do You Know?

Here is this week's Test Your Knowledge!  What do you know about numismatics? Check out Facebook or Twitter on Monday for the answer or wait until next week's email newsletter.  Good luck!

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Kids and Coins, Part 2

Kids and Coins, Part 2

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

From The Coin Collector, Issue #124, March 11, 2002

In this week’s blog I continue with an article written in 2002 by the late Tom Becker of our staff -- an “infomercial” he called it at the time -- about “Kids and Coins.” I hope that this article encourages parents, grandparents and other collectors to consider the benefits of numismatics for young people. 

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know, with the third sale of a planned series of five, the D. Brent Pogue Collection sales, presented by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in association with Sotheby’s, became the most valuable series of numismatic auctions in history?  When Lot 3132, a MS-67+ (PCGS) 1807 half eagle, brought $282,000, the D. Brent Pogue sales officially surpassed the $62 million in sales netted by the 26 parts of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection between 2003 and 2013. In 158 lots, the third installment realized a total of $17,135,612.50, bringing the total sales of the three Pogue auctions held thus far to a record breaking $68,577,182.

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Incredible Near-Gem 1875-S/CC Trade Dollar to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Incredible Near-Gem 1875-S/CC Trade Dollar to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to offer a lovely 1875-S/CC trade dollar in our upcoming Rarities Night session of the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. The platinum brilliance that emanates from this gorgeous overmintmark is dusted by the faintest iridescence in select areas. A silken, almost semi-reflective luster blankets the fields on both sides, displaying a soft but elaborate cartwheel at a tilt. The sharp and intricate motifs are richly frosted and even the most prominent elements are undisturbed.  A thoroughly impressive near-Gem.  

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Exceptional Quality Tientsin Tutung Yamen 1902 Gold Medal

Exceptional Quality Tientsin Tutung Yamen 1902 Gold Medal

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The upcoming April Hong Kong Showcase Auction is shaping up to be quite a superb event! Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is eager to begin our many showcase blogs with a gold medal from a pivotal moment in Chinese history. The Boxers seized the city of Tientsin in June 1900, and the Eight Nation Alliance (Germany, United States of America, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Russia and Austria-Hungary) recaptured the city on July 14th. 
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Name That Coin!

Name That Coin!

Here are the answers to last week’s Test Your Knowledge! Did you pass the test? Stay tuned for the next Test Your Knowledge challenge in next week’s eNewsletter! 
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Counterfeiting and its Effects on Numismatics, Part Five

Counterfeiting and its Effects on Numismatics, Part Five

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Now after giving you some of the background let me bring you further up to date on efforts to deal with counterfeiting. Even after all the government’s attempts to stop them, counterfeiters continued to make gold coins and there were items already in the U.S. market. Collectors could be taken in by counterfeit gold coins and not know where to take them for verification.
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Shotgun Rolls?

Shotgun Rolls?

Do you have a question about anything numismatic? Want to know what’s going on here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries? If so, send your inquiries to AnswersfortheAvidCollector@StacksBowers.com and get a response to your important questions from our team of experts! 
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