Rare Money Blog

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

​The finest known Fr.377 1890 $100 Treasury Note will be offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo March 18-20 in Baltimore. The note is among the highlights of the much-heralded D. Brent Pogue Collection of United States Paper Money, which will be offered on Thursday, March 19.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Following the Sino-Japanese War of 1895, western influence increased within China (both in terms of trade and an influx of European and American nationals). Similarly, anti-western sentiments among the native Chinese populace began to increase. One aspect that left many bewildered was the great latitude granted to Christian missionaries to spread the "western gospel." These missionaries were able to purchase land and avoid taxes, further incensing the overwhelming majority of the natives who remained unconverted.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​The Chapman Proof 1921 Morgan dollar is among the most elusive issues of the entire series, far exceeding in rarity the legendary Proof-only 1895. We are thrilled to offer one of very finest survivors from this clandestine issue in lot 3210 of our March 2020 Baltimore Auction. Certified Proof-67 (PCGS), it is the sole finest example on the PCGS Population Report and is numerically tied with just the Proof-67 * (NGC) example from the Duke Collection.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Trivia to the fore here! See how many you can get right from the four questions below. Each has four clues. Accordingly, by chance you should get at least one right. See how well you can do.

By Harvey Stack, Co-Founder

​1974 brought a great numismatic challenge that helped to distract me from the sadness of my uncle's passing. Early in January we received an urgent phone call from Dr. Vladimir Stefanelli, curator of the National Coin Collection at the Smithsonian Institution and he sounded troubled. The conversation started with a plea: "Can you help me out. I have a very serious problem and hope you can think of an answer."

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​A rare 1804 silver dollar, the most famous prize in coin collecting, will be sold in Baltimore on March 20, at an auction conducted by Stack's Bowers Galleries of Santa Ana, California. One of just 15 known to exist, the auction house expects the coin to bring between $1.2 and $1.5 million. When it was auctioned on behalf of Johns Hopkins University in 1980, it became the most valuable silver coin in the world.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Welcome to Rarities Night, a highlight of our Official Auction of the Whitman Spring Expo. Our Rarities Night catalogs have attracted attention for many years, and provide a focal point for those seeking the rarest of the rare, the finest of the fine. Our present offering continues the tradition.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​Having its first contact with Europeans in the mid-15th century, the area that would become Sierra Leone saw use as a trading ground—for goods as well as slaves—for the next three centuries. By the late 18th century, however, the British Empire saw an opportunity to utilize this territory on the coast of western Africa as a colony for freed slaves (those who had escaped from American plantations and fought alongside the British during the Revolution) and for poor blacks in and around London.