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Rare Money Blog

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist & Cataloger

​​In 126 B.C., the Phoenician city of Tyre received autonomous status from her ruling power, the Seleukid Empire.  Tyre immediately began to strike a coinage that would be well known throughout the Mediterranean for the ensuing two centuries. The shekel, a silver coin trading on par with the regional tetradrachms, was struck annually, with the years since obtaining autonomous status denoted on the reverse of each piece. Owing to their consistent design and purity, these shekels were easily recognized and readily accepted in commerce.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​​Our Winter Baltimore sales are well-known for their exceptional selections of colonial and early American issues. However, they also include impressive rarities from many other series of United States coinage. Included in our November 2019 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo is an incredible Superb Gem 1863 three-dollar gold piece certified MS-67 by NGC.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Test your knowledge again this week and see if you can name the note that this design is located on.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​With George Williams I went to an Empire State Numismatic Association (ESNA) convention in Syracuse, New York, in 1954. It was my first regional coin show. By that time I had been a regular attendee at the Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) Coin Club, but had not ventured beyond that. George, a collector of the old school, lived in Kingston, Pennsylvania, adjacent to my home town of Forty Fort. He had been collecting for many years. When I met him he mentioned that Joseph Stack from New York City had come through the area on a buying trip and had offered him the irresistible price of $200 for his Proof 1895 Morgan dollar, and he sold it.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​​Our September 2019 Collectors Choice Sale is now online! Check out StacksBowers.com to view over 400 lots of U.S. coins and U.S. currency offered completely WITHOUT RESERVE!  The auction closes live with an auctioneer on our website and mobile Apps on September 18, 2019, beginning with our U.S. currency session at 9 AM PDT, followed by our U.S. coin session at 11 AM PDT. 

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries is presenting The John W. Adams Collection of Comitia Americana and Related Medals at our upcoming official auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo?  In the long history of American numismatics, there are few collections that essentially can’t be duplicated. The John W. Adams Collection of Comitia Americana medals is unparalleled in the two centuries since American collectors have sought to gather these medals. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is in the midst of preparation for their November 2019 offering of this one-of-a-kind collection. 

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist & Cataloger

​Following the turbulent times of the brief English Republic and the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, the House of Stuart undertook to increase the supply of gold coinage in use, as there was a distinct lack of it within the kingdom. Accordingly, a royal charter was established, granting to the "Company of Royal Adventurers Trading to Africa" a monopoly over trade on the west coast of Africa. The rich deposits of natural resources, including gold, made this area a hotbed for colonial pursuit by other European powers as well, such as the Dutch Republic.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​​The Peace silver dollar struck from 1921 through 1935 has always been one of the most popular United States coins series. Struck to commemorate the end of World War I, it is a relatively short series but a few of the issues present significant challenges in high grades. While the finest examples regularly exceed the six-figure mark at auction, like this Superb Gem 1921 in our August 2018 ANA Auction, the legendary Proof issues from 1921 and 1922 have earned over $300,000, including this example from our August 2014 ANA Auction.

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