Stack's Bowers

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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1874-S Liberty Head Half Eagle. AU-58 (PCGS). OGH.

Exceedingly Rare Choice AU 1874-S Half EagleUnknown in Mint State1874-S Liberty Head Half Eagle. AU-58 (PCGS). OGH.As one of the finest survivors of an elusive and conditionally challenging issue, the significance of this 1874-S half eagle can hardly be overstated. Bold reddish-orange patina blankets surfaces that retain appreciable satiny mint luster in the protected areas around the devices. The strike is full over virtually all design elements, and the attractive appearance enhances this coin's appeal.As with its identically dated Carson City Mint counterpart, the 1874-S half eagle saw heavy use in local commerce which claimed the vast majority of the 16,000 coins struck. Unlike with many later date San Francisco Mint fives, this issue was not used in export trade, removing a potential source of high grade coins through repatriations from foreign bank hoards. Most survivors are well worn in grades such as VF or EF, and even such pieces are scarce. The 1874-S is rare in About Uncirculated preservation, and the typical survivor at that level grades AU-50 or AU-53 with heavily abraded surfaces and limited eye appeal. This issue is unknown in Mint State. The present Choice AU rarity is likely to find a home in the finest gold cabinet.PCGS# 8335. NGC ID: 25WR. PCGS Population: 2; 0 finer. There are also no Mint State examples known to NGC.Provenance: From the A.J. Vanderbilt Collection. Acquired from Winthrop Coin Co., New York, New York, August 1994; via Stack's.Read more

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1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar. BB-21, B-1. Rarity-2. Two Leaves. MS-62 (NGC).

Prooflike Uncirculated 1795 Flowing Hair DollarBB-21 Two Leaves Variety1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar. BB-21, B-1. Rarity-2. Two Leaves. MS-62 (NGC).Offered is a truly remarkable example of both the type and variety that is sure to find its way into another advanced cabinet. Both sides reveal considerable prooflike reflectivity in the fields and, in fact, this coin was cataloged as a possible "Presentation Specimen" when offered in Hollinbeck-Kagin's sale of May 1969. The striking detail is no less impressive with all devices fully rendered apart from trivial softness to the finer elements of Liberty's hair and the high points of the eagle's breast and left leg. The obverse impression is perfectly centered within a uniformly denticulated border, while the reverse is trivially off center to 9 o'clock, yet with full denticulation also present on that side. Wispy handling marks are easily overlooked and the overall appearance is one of iridescent silver gray toning. As one of the finest and most visually appealing Flowing Hair dollars that we have offered in recent memory, strong bids are expected from high grade type and variety collectors alike.The second of only two dates in the United States Mint's premier silver dollar series, 1795 is the preferred type candidate for the Flowing Hair design given the rarity of the 1794 in all grades. Bowers-Borckardt 21 is the second most available die marriage of the issue after BB-27, and examples are particularly popular for type purposes. Extremely Fine examples are scarce, and AU coins are considerably rarer. Writing in the 2013 edition of his early dollar encyclopedia, Q. David Bowers states that "a dozen or more true Mint State coins exist in private hands" -- confirming the importance of the opportunity that this example represents. Off the market since May 1969 and only recently certified by NGC, this coin is a newcomer to Bowers' list of "Notable Specimens" for the 1795 BB-21 variety, comprising predominantly Mint State coins, along with a pair of silver plug examples in AU.A readily attributable die, the obverse of BB-21 exhibits more or less bold remnants of a 1 underdigit beneath the primary digit 7 in the date. This die was also used to strike examples of the BB-22 and BB-23 varieties. On the reverse of BB-21, there are four berries on the branch below the eagle's left wing, three inside and one outside, and a leaf ends directly below the first letter S in STATES. This reverse was also used in the BB-20 and BB-24 die pairings.PCGS# 6853. NGC ID: 24WZ. Provenance: From the A.J. Vanderbilt Collection. Earlier from Hollinbeck-Kagin's 283rd Mail Sale, May 1969, lot 399.Read more

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1889-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-61 PL (PCGS). CAC.

Key Date 1889-CC Morgan DollarRare Prooflike Mint State1889-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-61 PL (PCGS). CAC.Offered is a wonderful original and aesthetically pleasing 1889-CC, a fabled key date Morgan dollar issue. The obverse exhibits slightly mottled golden-copper iridescence that leaves a small swath of brilliance in the center. On the reverse a halo of bolder copper-gray peripheral toning is seen around an untoned center. Mirrored fields are readily evident under a light and the strike is sharp over all design elements. Very attractive for the assigned grade, this premium quality example is sure to see spirited bidding among advanced collectors.The 1889-CC is the rarest Carson City Mint Morgan silver dollar, and not because the mintage of 350,000 pieces is the lowest in this mintmarked series. In fact, both the 1881-CC and 1885-CC have lower mintages, although those issues are much more plentiful than the 1889-CC in Mint State. As with so many issues in the Morgan dollar series, it is the distribution of the coins (or lack thereof) and not the mintage that defines rarity, especially in Uncirculated condition. Given the scarcity of worn examples we believe that few 1889-CC dollars were released into circulation in or near the year of issue. Rather, virtually the entire mintage was placed into storage in federal vaults, the destination for most Morgan dollars upon striking. Limited quantities were released from government holdings from the mid 1920s to the early 1960s, mostly in the West. Only a few single coins and rolls were paid out from the Treasury Department during the 1930s and 1940s, and by the time of the GSA sales of Carson City Mint Morgan dollars during the 1970s only a single 1889-CC remained in government hands. Most of the other coins that initially went into storage -- the majority of the mintage -- were undoubtedly included among the 270,232,722 silver dollars melted under provisions of the Pittman Act of 1918.Given the long standing popularity of both the Morgan dollar series and Carson City Mint coinage among specialized collectors, the small number of Mint State 1889-CC dollars remaining is nowhere near adequate to meet demand. This is a particularly desirable survivor, fully prooflike, with original toning and above average preservation relative to the assigned grade. Worthy of the strongest bids.PCGS# 7191. NGC ID: 2559. PCGS Population: 15; 71 finer in this category (MS-64 PL finest).Provenance: From the A.J. Vanderbilt Collection. Earlier from our (Stack's) sale of January-February 1969, lot 298. Lot tag included.Read more

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