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Rare Money Blog

By Kyle Ponterio, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

This week’s featured highlight from our Annual Summer Hong Kong auction held in conjunction with the 7th Hong Kong Coin Show in August is a large format gold coin issued to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. 

By Aris Maragoudakis, Director of World Currency Auctions

An amazing African paper money rarity is coming up in our August ANA auction in Rosemont, Illinois. This German East Africa 500 Rupien note, dated 1912, and graded Choice Uncirculated 63 by PMG is the single finest graded. Despite a minor restoration noted on the holder for a small corner outside of the design, it is by far the nicest seen of this classic banknote that only circulated for a few years prior to World War II.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Proof early American copper coinage is one of the most fascinating and intensely pursued series in numismatics. Mint records are largely unclear on these half cents and large cents, leaving much of the production statistics to be drawn from the surviving populations. Most issues are known by only a handful of pieces, a supply that in no way meets the demand from collectors. We are delighted to offer an exceptional   Proof-only 1836 half cent in lot 3288 of our May 2019 Baltimore auction. Certified Proof-62 BN (NGC) and struck from original dies, it is an important opportunity for both specialists and type collectors.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

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By Mark Schimel, New York Store Manager

This week a set of three coins with an extremely low mintage and in a rarely used metal came to us.  The coins were minted by the Kingdom of Tonga, an archipelago situated in the southern Pacific Ocean.  The three coins are made of Palladium, and are the first coinage of this metal from this nation. 

By Harvey G. Stack, Co-Founder

The year of 1966 was a challenging one for all of us at Stack’s. There was a lot of work to do, serving clients, both in the shop and on the road, as well as holding auctions and traveling to conventions. In addition to this “usual” work, we were making our case about the OSGO’s import standards and also preparing a specialized inventory for the estate of J.K. Lilly who had died. However, as 1966 ended, it became a year that I would always remember with pain and great sadness.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

In August 2019, in Rosemont, Illinois, Stack’s Bowers Galleries will host an official auction in support of the most popular collectors’ organization in the hobby. Numismatists from across the country and around the globe will gather for the most heavily attended convention of the year, the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money. As thousands of dealers, investors and collectors prepare to travel to Illinois in just a few months, you can be confident that this will be the most favorable time and venue to present your U.S. and world coins and paper money, and receive top dollar for your consignment.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Did you know Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is returning to Hong Kong in August for another exciting sale of coins and paper money?  The auction will take place at The Mira Hong Kong from August 19-22, 2019. We are accepting consignments of Chinese and Other Asian Coins and Paper Money through June 7, 2019. Contact a consignment specialist today at Consign@StacksBowers.com or 800-458-4646.

The Stack’s Bowers team travels the globe to coin and currency trade shows. Check out our upcoming schedule here and see if a consignment specialist will be in your area to pick up your items.  Over the next few weeks we will have consignment specialists in Portugal, Italy, China, Japan and major U.S. cities including New Orleans, Baltimore, and Long Beach.

Here are some phenomenal results from our April Hong Kong Auction.

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