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Gorgeous Gem Proof 1858 Flying Eagle Cent to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction.

Gorgeous Gem Proof 1858 Flying Eagle Cent to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction.

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger.

By the mid-19th century, the international price of copper had risen to the point at which the practicality of issuing half cents and large cents was diminished. Averaging 20 cents per pound in the early 1850s, copper prices hit 28 cents per pound in 1855, greatly impacting the Mint’s seigniorage and prompting a reconsideration of the designs.
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Watching Stock Market Bears

Watching Stock Market Bears

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

It seems like only yesterday, but it was 11 years ago in 2005 that Whitman published The Expert’s Guide to Collecting and Investing in Rare Coins. Since then it has been a best seller and has been nicely reviewed. Recently the stock market has taken hits—this time due to uncertainty in China, falling oil prices, concerns about the strength of the dollar, and more. So, what else is new? At any given time analysts of securities have enthusiasm and also have worries. That said, I reprint below what I wrote in 2005.
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Name That Person!

Name That Person!

Here is this week's Test Your Knowledge!  Can you Name that Person? Check out Facebook or Twitter on Monday for the answer or wait until next week's email newsletter.  Good luck!

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries in conjunction with Sotheby’s is selling selections from the extensive holdings of the Swiss noble Family Grad d’Hauteville in our February Rarities sale? View and bid on these exciting selections from Library of Chateau d’Hauteville, including important items relating to the career of Commanding General of the United States Army Alexander Macomb, online here.

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Welcome to The D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale Part III

Welcome to The D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale Part III

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

On behalf of Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s, I welcome you to Part III of our auction program of the D. Brent Pogue Collection of early United States coins. Parts I and II, held at Sotheby’s international headquarters in New York City in May and September, are now history. These dynamic sales, cataloged by John Kraljevich and the team at Stack’s Bowers Galleries and held in partnership with Sotheby’s, exceeded all expectations and will forever stand among of the greatest auctions in American numismatics.

 

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Incredible Ultra-Gem Proof 1836 Half Dollar

Incredible Ultra-Gem Proof 1836 Half Dollar

Capped Bust, Lettered Edge, O-109 Ex Matthew Stickney Collection

Plan now to participate in the Pogue Collection Part III sale at Sotheby’s international headquarters in New York City on Tuesday evening, February 9. On the next day in the same venue we will have our Rarities Auction with other important properties, including notable rarities. We invite you to attend in person as a bidder or interested observer—to watch numismatic history being made! You can also view the action in virtual time on our web site at StacksBowers.com.

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Choice AU 1850 Liberty Double Eagle from the Collection of a Southern Gentleman to be Offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Choice AU 1850 Liberty Double Eagle from the Collection of a Southern Gentleman to be Offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

The 1850 Liberty double eagle represents the first year of production for the $20 denomination and remains one of the most popular issues for collectors today. Prompted by the California Gold Rush, the new double eagle was to serve as a convenient method for transforming bullion into legal tender in order to fuel the growing American economy. 

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Welcome to Our Rarities Sale

Welcome to Our Rarities Sale

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

It is that time again! Welcome to our latest Rarities Auction, a companion to our sale of the D. Brent Pogue Collection Part III. The Rarities Auction will be held by us and Sotheby’s at Sotheby’s New York City headquarters on February 10, 2016, the day after our third offering of coins from the incomparable Pogue Collection.  

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