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Rare Money Blog

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

A pleasing Fr.2404* 1920 $50 Gold Certificate Star Note graded About Uncirculated 55 EPQ will be offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November currency auction. Just around 40 examples of this rare small size replacement type are recorded in the census.

The offered example displays bright paper and broad margins. The golden colored overprint is vibrant and exceptionally well printed. The engraved design elements are all darkly inked and vividly detailed as well. The note appears to have avoided any actual circulation; some light corner handling appears to account for the technical grade.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​The rapid industrialization of the western world in the 19th century led to an ongoing need to open new markets, with the Far East providing a prime opportunity for both selling and buying. To this end, the United States under President Millard Fillmore sent Commodore Matthew Perry of the U.S. Navy to Japan in 1853. In July of that year, he arrived in Tokyo harbor with the intent of engaging in "battleship diplomacy," a type of negotiation which actually involved no real negotiating but instead entailed an ultimatum through threats of hostile aggression.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to present a rare bimetallic pattern dollar featuring Braille text in their November 2020 Showcase Auction. Struck by the German company Schuler for exhibition at United States Congressional hearings and the U.S. Mint, this pattern was intended to demonstrate the implementation of Braille elements in response to concerns from the Alliance for the Blind. It has a copper-nickel outer ring with a brass insert at the center, and the Braille characters REV on one side of the copper-nickel ring to identify the reverse for the vision-impaired.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Test your knowledge this week and see if you can name the only single year quarter eagle types. Checkl back next week for the correct answer.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Good things come in pairs, it is said. As to things in threes, I am not sure of an advantage. I am sure, however, that may readers will enjoy this quiz of numismatic triads. See if you can find the common connection between each item in each listing. Answers are at the end.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Stack's Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present the spectacular collection built by Utah businessman Larry H. Miller across two sales to be held in November and December 2020. Larry H. Miller was an entrepreneur and philanthropist most famous as the owner of the National Basketball Association's Utah Jazz from 1985 up to his death in 2009. He also founded the Megaplex chain of movie theaters and owned over 60 car dealerships throughout the Western United States, among many other successful ventures. 

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know Stack's Bowers Galleries is featuring the Larry Ness Collection of Indian Peace Medals in our November 11-13, 2020 auction?  Larry Ness built one of the best and most complete Indian Peace Medal collections of all time. He had remarkable success acquiring the silver originals awarded to Native Americans, collecting 36 examples ranging from a First Size Thomas Jefferson through the extremely rare 1890 Benjamin Harrison.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​With just 110,000 coins produced, the 1894 has the lowest mintage among circulation strike Morgan dollars from the Philadelphia Mint. It is a key date issue in this popular series, and is the rarest Philadelphia Mint Morgan in Mint State after only the 1901. When offered in Uncirculated condition, the 1894 is usually found in MS-60 to MS-64 grades and often has subdued luster or numerous detracting marks.

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