Spotlight on American Numismatics with the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money

A Memorable Sale

Welcome to our latest auction for the summer convention of the American Numismatic Association — titled the World’s Fair of Money, as designated long ago by Ed Rochette, then executive director. Having official auctions for the ANA is a long-standing tradition. The very first one was held by us (Stack’s) in 1939! We issued a token at that time welcoming visitors to New York City and the World’s Fair being held there. By that time Stack’s had been in business for six years — and had grown to become one of America’s leading rare coin firms, the main competitors being B. Max Mehl and Wayte Raymond. It is nice to reflect on tradition!

Our U.S. Coin sessions are a collectors’ sale deluxe — encompassing colonial, federal, and related coinage from the early days down to the modern era. Scarce and rare coins are offered, as are many affordable pieces — something for everyone. Get out your “want list” and be prepared to compete for many choice, interesting, and desirable coins.

Session 1 on Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock will feature coins from small cents through half dollars. Session 2 is on Tuesday evening at 6 o’clock, when we present mainstream numismatic Americana — tokens, medals, colonials, half cents, and large cents. This includes the Eagle Hill Collection, rich in Fugio coppers and Washingtoniana. This session brings to collectors a wonderful world combining hand-made dies, history, and the challenge of finding attractive pieces (for many there is no such thing as a Mint State example). An exception is the Libertas Americana medal — a beautiful high-grade example in silver is offered. This is the medal to own, if your budget permits.

The next session presented in this catalog will start on Thursday morning at 10 o’clock and will run from silver dollars through gold and other items. Then, stay tuned for our Rarities Night sale at 5 o’clock which I will discuss in next week’s email newsletter.

After, you have a break. You can go home from the ANA convention, or stay in Anaheim and visit Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, or otherwise have a good time. On Monday at 9 AM PST (12 noon EDT) the Internet portion of the present catalog will begin leading you through a very nice selection of items, including the first part of my collection of shell cards—the finest ever formed, and with many rarities and unique pieces. And the sale concludes on Tuesday at 9 AM with part 2 of the Internet portion of the auction.


As you peruse the catalog you will see the efforts of the entire Stack’s Bowers Galleries team. Although the sale will be held in August, work on the several catalogs (U.S. coins, world and ancient coins, U.S. paper money, and world paper money) began last year when consignments began arriving. In our main office in Santa Ana, California, our popular gallery at 123 West 57th Street in New York City (the same location since 1954 — unique for any rare coin office in the world), our research office in New Hampshire, and other premises, what I and others like to call the Dream Team in numismatics has been busier than ever.

I like to attribute our unparalleled record of success to professionalism and expertise combined with what I believe is the world’s best customer base of dedicated collectors, dealers, museum curators, and others. And, of course, each sale brings new faces — always welcome.

If you are thinking of selling, I invite you to contact us. Our consignment directors are ready to give you the best personal service in all of numismatics.

We anticipate a great auction season as we go forward — an illustrious string of Internet sales (to which I plan to consign a lot), public sales with the popular Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expos in Baltimore in November, March, and June, a public sale of world and ancient coins and paper money in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) in January, and our tremendously popular Hong Kong public sales of Asian coins and paper money. If you are thinking of selling, please let our success be your success.

Plan to Participate

If you are coming to the World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, call on us to help you in any way possible — during lot viewing, getting ready for or during our remarkable series of auctions, or simply answering any questions you may have. The red carpet is out for you and any family or guests who accompany you.

In today’s Internet age auctions are a lot different than they were a generation ago. For this sale millions of coin collectors worldwide will have the opportunity to tap into our sale as it happens, and many will do so. You can watch the auctioneer, see and hear the action, and, if motivated, push the “Bid” button and join the competition. This is a very effective and enjoyable way to add to your collection.

As you review our several sales, check for the items that you have been seeking. Beyond that, investigate some others. You may discover a new specialty—always exciting.

All good wishes to you,

Q. David Bowers

Co-founder Stack’s Bowers Galleries


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