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Name That Person!

Name That Person!

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 Four

Counterfeiting and its Effects on Numismatics, Part Four

By Harvey G. Stacks, Co-Founder

In this article I continue to tell of how the United States government’s policies to stop counterfeiting affected Stack’s ability to import and sell an important European coin collection.

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know the Stack’s Bowers Galleries team will be headed to the Long Beach Coin Expo February 4-6, 2016, and the London Coin Fair on February 6, 2016.  Read more...

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Overdate Cent

Overdate Cent

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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Incredible Gem 1793 Chain AMERICA Cent, An American Numismatic Landmark

Incredible Gem 1793 Chain AMERICA Cent, An American Numismatic Landmark

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

The Finest Ever Certified!

There is something incredible, something special, about any 1793 Chain cent. First delivered by the coiner at the Mint on March 1, 1793, these were released into circulation without fanfare. There is no known record of anyone having a numismatic interest in them at the time. The result was that the several varieties of the 1793 Chain cent passed into circulation without notice. Most became worn, some extremely so. In 1859 in his American Numismatical Manual Montroville W. Dickeson commented that such pieces could still be found in circulation.

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My Neatest Liberty Seated Dime

My Neatest Liberty Seated Dime

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

Okay, so it’s not a Liberty Seated dime as we know them, but it’s still among the neatest and definitely one of my favorite items among all my exonumia pieces. This jeton is struck in white metal, and the steel gray devices and crinkly reflective fields form a pleasing cameo contrast. If I had to apply a grade it would be AU. A faithful reproduction of Gobrecht’s Liberty Seated motif makes up the obverse of this undated piece, with COMPOSITIONS – SPIEL – MARKE appearing around Liberty’s figure. 
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One of the Finest Graded “Sword in Hand” Massachusetts Colonials to be Offered in the Stack’s Bowers and Sotheby’s February Rarities Auction

One of the Finest Graded “Sword in Hand” Massachusetts Colonials to be Offered in the Stack’s Bowers and Sotheby’s February Rarities Auction

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

A phenomenal example of an iconic design type of Colonial American currency will be auctioned as part of the February 10 Rarities Auction, held by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in conjunction with Sotheby’s. Lot 3 of the Rarities Auction is an August 18, 1775 dated Colony of Massachusetts Bay 6 Shillings note graded Choice New 63 PPQ by PCGS. Notes from this popular Colonial series feature on their reverses the famed “Sword in Hand” vignette engraved by Paul Revere. 

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Outstanding Results for Lot 40006, an Extremely Rare Swedish ½ Riksdaler, one of perhaps three known!

Outstanding Results for Lot 40006, an Extremely Rare Swedish ½ Riksdaler, one of perhaps three known!

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Though our January New York International Numismatic Convention Auction has come and gone, we reflect on results that exceeded our expectations. This week’s recap focuses on an extremely rare Swedish ½ Riksdaler of Erik XIV, offered as part of the excellent Lennart Philipson Collection of Swedish coinage. 
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