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Rare Money Blog

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Stack's Bowers Galleries is excited to present a newly discovered 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar in their official auction for the 2021 ANA World's Fair of Money this August. Discovered in an accumulation by a southern UK dealer over 25 years ago, this piece is a newcomer to the census of known examples and was only recently authenticated with the assistance of Stack's Bowers Galleries. It subsequently received a grade of AU-55 from NGC and approval by CAC, ranking it among the most significant survivors of this historic issue.  ​​

By Ben Mahaffey, Web Content Manager

This week’s Coins in Motion highlight is an 1804 Draped Bust dime. Graded EF-45+, this coin is Variety JR-2, 14 stars on the reverse. The finest known of the variety is AU-58, which Stack’s Bowers Galleries last sold for $329,000 in May 2015. Price guide values show that an EF-45+ should sell for around $75,000. However, it has been a while since one last appeared on the market in any Extremely Fine grade.​

By Christopher Dahncke, Currency Auction Associate

Stack’s Bowers Galleries August Official ANA Auction of World Paper Money is shaping up to be another great sale. This quartet of 1941 Panama notes will cross the auction block and given current trends we expect to see record prices for the set. The notes will be offered individually, not as a lot, and will lead off with P-22a 1 Balboa in PMG Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ; then P-23a 5 Balboas in PMG Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ; followed by P-24a 10 Balboas in PMG Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ; and last, but not least P-25a 20 Balboas in PMG Choice Extremely Fine 45 EPQ.​

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

The city of Hamburg had an ongoing problem between its Senate and Citizens' Council in the late 17th century, with its local Jewish population a chief concern. Though a Sephardic Jewish population had more long-standing roots in the city, the Ashkenazi population had arrived much more recently and had no actual legal status regarding its ability to reside there. The Citizens' Council (dominated by orthodox Protestants) and the Lutheran clergy sought to block concessions by the Senate to the Jewish populations, with the issue eventually reaching much further up in the hierarchy of the Holy Roman Empire. ​​

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Last week we asked who was featured on the reverse of the 1935-1986 Canadian Dollar. The coin features a Hudson's Bay Company fur trader and an Indigenous man in a canoe. Check back next week for the next question!​

By Christopher Dahncke, Currency Auction Associate

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official ANA Auction of United States Paper Money will offer many highlights, including this newly discovered $5 Brown Back from the previously unreported Ishpeming National Bank. It is graded Fine 12 by PMG.​

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

The fact that 1985 was 50th anniversary year of presenting public auctions attracted consignments, and we started in January with the vast collection from the Estate of Joseph Bellini. Joseph was a wonderful collector and a friend to all who loved numismatics as he did. He had built a comprehensive collection of 20th century coins from small cents to silver dollars, mostly in choice and gem Mint State. He had a selection of minor Proof sets (as sold by the Mint) from 1878 to 1900. He also built a complete set of gold dollars, along with a large group of other gold coins from quarter eagles to $20 gold. It was a great way to start our anniversary year.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries has decided to move their Official Auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money to the week of August 17-20, with the Internet portions taking place on August 23-25. Normally, Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction is hosted at the American Numismatic Association convention, but we determined that it would be in the best interest of the consignors and bidders to provide an additional week of lot viewing.​

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