As America's oldest coin auction house, Stack's Bowers has had the privilege of auctioning many of the rarest coins and most valuable collections ever assembled. Now, 83 years after we held our first coin auction, our tradition of success carries forward into the 21st century as we continue to sell rare coins and currency for collectors across the world. Our knowledgeable staff offer unsurpassed expertise in all areas of numismatics, as well as commitment to excellent personal service.
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CHINA. 50 Yuan, 1993. PCGS PROOF-67 DEEP CAMEO Secure Holder.KM-543. Authorized mintage of only 1,500 pieces. Struck to commemorate the Centenary of Chairman Mao's birth. With case of issue and certificate of authenticity serial # 823. Free of tone, haze, or fog.Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500.PCGS PROOF-67 DEEP CAMEO Secure Holder. PCGS #405220.Provenance: From the Lee Kong Bun Collection. 1993年50 元。 為毛主席誕辰所鑄紀念幣。 官方發行1500枚，為紀念毛澤東誕辰而製。附原盒原证，證書編號#823。無氧化、磨損或霧。Read more
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1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition Gold Dollar. AU-58 (PCGS). CAC.This 1915-S Panama-Pacific gold dollar features original honey-orange patina, overall bold definition and predominantly lustrous surfaces.PCGS# 7449. NGC ID: 26HE. Provenance: From the Blue Moon Collection, Part I.Read more
1851-O Silver Three-Cent Piece. MS-65 (PCGS). CAC.Charming silver gray surfaces are framed in warm reddish-orange peripheral toning. Smooth and satiny, this is a solidly graded and attractive Gem. Popular with collectors as the only mintmarked issue in the silver three-cent series, the 1851-O is also a conditionally challenging issue that is seldom offered with the superior quality that defines this piece.PCGS# 3665. NGC ID: 22YY. Read more
A Second Landmark Gem 1823 CentTied for Finest Known1823 Matron Head Cent. Newcomb-2. Rarity-2. Mint State-66 BN (PCGS)."The copper of this emission is pure and soft, hence the cents are much worn, and can be rarely found in a condition worthy of preservation." - Dr. Montroville W. Dickeson, 1859The collections that have contained a Mint State 1823 Newcomb-2 cent are few and far between, even considering many of the greatest ever formed. Convenient cases in point of recent times may be found in the cabinets of the Garrett family, the Norweb family, Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. and John J. Pittman. None had one, even though in these cases the collections were built over many decades and supported with sufficient financial means to acquire just about anything desired. The exception to the rule tends to be specialized collections of early coppers but even then, some collectors are never able to secure one. The great collection of Dan Holmes and our own recent sale of the Twin Leaf Collection were both missing this coin in Mint State. Even Floyd T. Starr's coin was called AU-55. In contrast, Ted Naftzger and D. Brent Pogue are the notable exceptions, each owning both of the two finest known coins, of which this is one. Of all the magnificent coins in the Ted Naftzger Middle Date Collection, this one commanded the highest price realized at auction in the February 2009 sale of these holdings. It was the highlight of the sale.Both sides are dominated by lovely light steel brown while generous faded red undertones and accents of gentle blue iridescence add considerably to the aesthetic appeal. Strong lustrous cartwheels are seen on both sides and there are almost no handling marks worthy of mention beyond a blunt nick between stars 8 and 9, which is a useful identifier of this specimen. A few very faint hairlines may also be detected on the reverse, but this coin remains truly exceptional.This piece was struck from slightly later states of the dies than seen on the coin in the previous lot. The obverse exhibits fusing of the five dentils near star 5. Those right of star 6 do not seem to be connected, though Noyes describes them as part of the first die state advancement, so this one is his State-B, but very early. The fields are slightly more flowlined in this state while the inner circle and dentil tips have lost some definition. The reverse is also State-B, showing slightly more die wear. It aged better than the obverse, however, so the signs are minimal and mostly confined to light flowlines in the fields. Nicely struck and showing the small center dot on the reverse that is only present on the sharpest examples.For the 1823 perfect date rarity, this is as good as it gets. It is tied in the Noyes Census with the above coin for the CC#1 position. PCGS has judged it just slightly finer and it stands alone as the finest graded by them. One of the most important Middle Date cents, not just of the D. Brent Pogue Collection, but also of all.Abe Kosoff's source for this coin is a bit unclear. William Noyes reports it as "Ezra Cole," while it was reported in the Naftzger sale in 2009 as from "Earle M. Cole." The only original source material is Naftzger's original envelope. It was written lightly in pencil, with part of the leading "E" and part of what appears to be "Cole" still visible. It was overwritten later by Ted in his green ink, "Earl Cole." Earl Cole was a collector in Des Moines, Iowa, as evidenced by a couple of Burdette Johnson invoices of 1941 included in the Newman Archives, but little is known about him. Ezra Cole was a prominent stamp collector and dealer who also collected a few coins. He was the leading supplier of stamps to Josiah K. Lilly and would have been in a prime position to turn up a great coin like this. As coins were of secondary interest, it is easy to imagine that such a coin might be simply sold to Abe Kosoff, into a market that better appreciated it. Ezra Cole was the leading named consignor to Auctions by Bowers and Merena's January 1986 sale.PCGS# 36757. NGC ID: 225A. PCGS Population: 1, none finer. (All 1823 varieties)Publications: Noyes, William C. United States Large Cents 1816-1839, 1991.Provenance: Ezra or Earl Cole; Abe Kosoff; R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection, by sale; R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. estate, October 2007; Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers' sale of the Ted Naftzger Collection, February 2009, lot 140. Est. $180,000-$200,000Read more
1853 Liberty Seated Silver Dollar. MS-62 (PCGS).Mottled coppery highlights accent otherwise even pewter gray patina. The strike is sharp and the texture is smooth, satiny and suggestive of a Choice grade. Although the Act of February 21, 1853, reduced the weight of the smaller silver coins to discourage hoarding, Congress left the weight of the dollar unchanged. In his memoirs, Senator John Sherman observed: "No mention of the dollar was made in the Act of 1853. It had fallen into disuse and when coined was exported, being more valuable as bullion than coin."Indeed, the 1853 is likely the earliest Liberty Seated dollar issue whose primary use was in the United States' export trade. However, circulated survivors from a mintage of 46,110 pieces are relatively plentiful by 1850s Philadelphia Mint dollar standards. Reflecting on this curious state of affairs, Bowers (1993) suggests that a significant percentage of the mintage must have remained within the United States, the coins likely entering domestic circulation beginning in autumn 1876 when specie payments were resumed. This coin is very nice for the assigned grade and is sure to find its way into an advanced collection of silver dollars or Liberty Seated coinage.PCGS# 6941. NGC ID: 24YS. Provenance: From the Blue Moon Collection, Part I.Read more
CHINA. 20 Cash, CD (1909). NGC MS-62 BN.Y-21; CCC-620; cf.Duan-2444; CL-HB.63. Dot between "KUO" and "COPPER". Even and appealing mahogany surfaces with a touch of mint orange.Estimate: $100 - $150.NGC MS-62 BN. 己酉大清銅幣二十文。 帶點版。幣面分佈著均勻誘人紅褐色，帶有輕微橙色包漿。Read more
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Stunning Ming Dynasty NoteCHINA--EMPIRE. Ming Dynasty. 1 Kuan, 1368-99. P-AA10. PCGS Very Fine 35.(S/M#T36-20) This note kicks off our offering of Ming Dynasty notes, and shows with some of the most pleasing mulberry paper for the type we have seen being quite well bodied in most areas. The reverse shows good detail of the stamp. This is the finest in the run of 1 Kuans we are offering. Included in this offering is an attached letter describing the note extensively. From the collection of Mr. William Lonnie Hill Sr.Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000.PCGS Very Fine 35. Provenance: From the William Lonnie Hill Sr. Collection. 絕美大明通行寶鈔壹貫 洪武年大明通行寶鈔壹貫。 此枚在眾多大明寶鈔中脫穎而出，整體保存完好。背面的印記都仍然清晰。此枚使我們所經手的品相最好的壹貫。隨附一封信函，為Mr.William Lonnie Hill Sr.舊藏。Read more
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Winchester, Virginia. $10 1929 Ty. 1. Fr. 1801-1. The Shenandoah Valley NB. Charter #1635. PMG Extremely Fine 40.A bank where there are more known large-size than small and this note is one of just over thirty 1929 dated notes and well above the average grade.Estimate: $250 - $350. Read more
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CHINA--PROVINCIAL BANKS. Fu-Tien Bank. 20, 50 Cents & 1 Dollar, ND (1921). P-S3012a, S3013, & S3014. Choice Extremely Fine.3 pieces in lot. An impressive trio of these issued notes of the lesser denominations for this appealing series. A vertical fold on each mostly makes up the circulation and all show with at issue stamps. A desirable group.Estimate: $400 - $600.Choice Extremely Fine. 民國十年雲南富滇銀行貳角、伍角及壹圓。樣張。 3枚一組。令人印象深刻的一組的小面值。垂直摺痕和發行印記顯示出此組鈔券的流通證據。十分受歡迎的一組。Read more
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CHINA. 150 Yuan, 1987. Lunar Series, Year of the Rabbit. NGC PROOF-68 ULTRA CAMEO.Fr-B62; KM-171. No spots, tone, or fog.Estimate: $700 - $900.NGC PROOF-68 ULTRA CAMEO. PCGS #373006. NGC UCID: 2UMS. 1987年150元，生肖系列，兔年。 無斑點、氧化或起霧。Read more
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