Stack’s Bowers Galleries Numismatist Frank Van Valen Celebrates 25 Years as a Red Book Contributor

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / April 25, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. (April 24, 2014) — Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to congratulate numismatic cataloger Frank Van Valen as he celebrates 25 years as a contributor to what is known as the most famous and most referenced book in all of numismatics — A Guide Book of United States Coins: The Official Red Book.

Referred to in the numismatic community as simply the Red Book, this reference guide has been described as a must for anyone collecting or selling coins. Published annually since 1947, the book is frequently used by all collectors, both new and experienced.

“When David Bowers invited me to be a part of the company’s Red Book research team in the fall of 1990, I jumped at the opportunity,” said Van Valen. “I bought my first Red Book in 1961, and I still own it. As an 11-year-old collector in 1961, I could only dream about one day seeing my name in print as a contributor, and now, I’ve seen it there for 25 consecutive years!”

Van Valen began his career with Stack’s Bowers Galleries in 1987. Widely praised for over two decades for his numismatic expertise, his byline has appeared in some of the most important auction catalogs ever written, in addition to the last 25 editions of A Guide Book of United States Coins: The Official Red Book.

Van Valen can be reached at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Wolfeboro, New Hampshire office, and is available to discuss consigning to one of the firm’s many numismatic auctions, or to assist with the outright sale of a collection. To reach Van Valen, or any member of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries team, please call 800.458.4646 (West Coast), 800.566.2580 (East Coast), or email [email protected].

About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.

Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS) that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. The company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Professional Numismatists Guild New York Invitational, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and our April and August Hong Kong Auctions.

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