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By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Momentum builds for our forthcoming sale of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of large-size paper money types. Part 1 will cross the block at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore next month, always one of the top shows of the year. The notes will be showcased in a special catalog as well as on the Internet.

By Harvey Stack

Interest in coins really started to grow in 1951 once again. The issuance of Proof sets by the Mint stimulated people to collect. New issues of the Roosevelt dime and Franklin half dollar made collecting these a bit easier. Searching for coins was enhanced by popular Whitman blue coin folders (available for 25 cents each), which provided a great place to store coins found by both adults and children, novices and experienced collectors. The folders were punched with spaces for each date and mint issued for each design, properly labeled. They encouraged people to search their change and as people became more interested in collecting, they would visit coin shops to "fill in the holes"

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Last Week's Answer Revealed​

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is delighted to offer the 17th known example of the famous (2000)-P Sacagawea dollar / Washington quarter mule in their Official Auction of the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Baltimore Expo this March. This blunder is among the greatest Mint errors of modern numismatics and has captured the imagination of collectors and roll hunters for two decades.

By Kyle Ponterio, Senior Numismatist & Cataloger

This week we feature another highlight from the Q. David Bowers/R.B. White Collection of Chinese Copper Coins to be offered in our April 2-4, 2018 Hong Kong auction as a stand along catalog.  It is easy to see why this fabulous style dragon Hunan 10 Cash is so popular with specialists. Its artistic style and execution far surpass that of any other 10 Cash struck in China during this period. Clearly the engraver paid special attention to detail when cutting this die.  The clear well defined details from the background to the foreground of the face and body offers a perspective not normally seen on these coins. The state of preservation coupled with the excellent rendering of the dragon clearly displays Chinese artistry.

By: Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is very pleased to offer a trio of British gold Triple Unites – the largest and heaviest hammered gold coin produced in England – in the April 2018 Hong Kong Showcase Auction. During the reign of Charles I (1625-49) a number of factors strained the relationship between the King and Parliament. The King’s marriage to a Roman Catholic, failure in wars with Spain and France, the levying of taxes without the consent of Parliament and the use of antiquated laws to fine individuals led to revolts from both the Scots and the Irish and estranged the King from the main factions in Parliament. One of the final blows before the start of the war was Charles’ attempted arrest of five members of the House of Commons, actually entering the House by force with an armed guard. After this failed arrest attempt Parliament seized control of London and Charles marched north to raise an army. The king would eventually control the west and north of England and set up his court at Oxford in October of 1642, which also produced coinage for the Royalists.

By Aris Maragoudakis

In Lot 60188 of our upcoming April Hong Kong Sale we are offering a scarce pair of issued high denomination notes from the Straits Settlements. Crossing the block will be a 1925 issued 50 Dollar note, and a 1925 100 Dollar note, each of which features great color.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Our February Collectors Choice auction of U.S. Coins and U.S. Currency is now online at StacksBowers.com. If you are at the Long Beach Expo this week, come by Table 502 to view some of these exciting highlights. The auction features over $500,000 of material and 75% of the lots are unreserved! The auction closes live with an auctioneer on our website or mobile App on February 28, beginning with our U.S. Currency Session at 9 AM PT, followed by our U.S. Coin Session at 11 AM PT.  

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