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Rare Money Blog

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Award medals often combine the elegant and artistic elements of numismatics with interesting aspects of material culture, often relating the individual to whom they were awarded to a particular event in time. A prime example of this phenomenon is a silver medal featured in our January 2021 sale—an officially sanctioned auction of the 2021 NYINC. It was issued for the 1900 International Exposition held in Paris, France, a beautifully rendered medal by the hand Jules-Clément Chaplain, a key figure in the founding of the Art Nouveau movement. His obverse design is the head of Marianne (an allegory for France herself) facing right, wearing a Phrygian cap (emblematic of liberty) and an oak wreath, while an oak tree is in the background to the right, and a partial veduta of Paris is at a distance to the right.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​The Stack's Bowers Galleries November 2020 Showcase Auction was highlighted by several historic collections that were brought to market for the first time in decades. Hosted at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California, the sale witnessed remarkably strong bidder participation through the firm's award winning website and mobile apps, an active phone bidding bank and socially-distanced floor bidding in the auction room. With over $19.9 million in overall prices realized for U.S. coins and paper money, the results confirm Stack's Bowers Galleries' status as a top resource for quality collectibles within these segments.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​See if you can figure out what the date, denomination, and attribution of this coin is. Check back next week to see if you got the correct answer.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Time was when the vast majority of collectors kept their coins in Whitman folders and albums. Lincoln cents were a favorite and were in two folders: 1909 to 1940 and 1941 to date. Over the years I have bought many collections housed in these folders. Most have had circulated coins from 1909 to 1933 or so and Mint State coins for later years. When I first started collecting coins in 1952 I used these folders. To protect the later brilliant coins I coated each with clear fingernail polish.

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

​Certainly, the week of Thanksgiving is a time for reflection on the blessings in our lives. Right now, more than ever, I think everyone could use a pause, a chance to appreciate all the things we are thankful for. As I sat down to try to write a currency blog that ties into the Thanksgiving holiday, one idea was very obvious. I’m thankful for this hobby and all of the opportunities it has afforded me.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Stack's Bowers Galleries ("SBG") is proud to announce the acquisition of Coins In Motion LLC.  The patent-pending Coins In Motion technology creates high-resolution animations that accurately capture the in-hand visual appeal of coins and banknotes in a manner unlike any still or video photography available today. Coins In Motion animations will be first available for select highlights of the firm’s December 2020 Showcase Auctions.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Did you know Stack’s Bower Galleries is offers multiple viewing options for our upcoming December 2020 Showcase auction featuring the Larry Miller Collection, Part Two? You can view the auction now online and download a free pdf copy of the catalog to your computer or mobile device.  Our first in-person viewing opportunity is at the Grand Hyatt DFW, in Dallas, Texas from December 2-4. 2020. After that you can visit our New York Store at 470 Park Avenue and view the auction from December 7-11, 2020. 

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Having a native population going back some 60,000 years, Australia was first discovered by Europeans when the Dutch arrived in the early 17th century. A century later, the British arrived and in turn claimed half of the continent for themselves. The initial colony established there was New South Wales, and the British utilized this outpost as a penal colony to which the dominion's convicts could be sent. Not just prisoners would populate this southern realm, however, as the number of inhabitants in general grew rapidly in the late 17th- and early 18th centuries.

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