SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA — With great pleasure, Stack’s Bowers Galleries brings to market The Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States paper money, the largest, finest, and most complete collection of large size United States paper money types in ...

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries presents the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money and more...

Stack’s Bowers Galleries presents the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money

SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA — With great pleasure, Stack’s Bowers Galleries brings to market The Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States paper money, the largest, finest, and most complete collection of large size United States paper money types in existence today. It is rivaled only by great collections of generations ago that have long since been dispersed, including those of Albert Grinnell and Amon Carter, Jr. It represents many years of connoisseurship and patience by Mr. Anderson, who focused his energy on acquiring the finest and the rarest examples.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be preparing a series of special catalogs to showcase the collection, starting with their March 2018 official auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore. Highlights will be on display at the upcoming Florida United Numismatists convention in January, the Long Beach Convention in February, and other venues.

The collection of approximately 240 large size (pre-1928) currency...

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New million dollar coin: David Lawrence sells 1879 Coiled Hair Stella

David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) acquired, on behalf of a client, one of the rarest U.S. gold issues from the 19th century. Graded as a Proof 66 Cameo, DLRC placed an 1879 Coiled Hair $4 Gold Stella for just over $1,000,000. This transaction solidified the coin as one of the newest members of the PCGS Million Dollar Coin Club. Last sold in January 2014 for $851,875 in public auction, the coin had been held off the market for a few years and was recently acquired on behalf of the collector from a New Jersey dealer.

John Brush, president of DLRC, said, “A collector that we’ve had the privilege of working with in recent years contacted us in his search for a Coiled Hair Stella. Thanks to our long-standing relationships with dealers throughout the country, we were able to locate this piece quickly, and we were excited to marry the coin and the collector.”

The $4 Stellas of 1879 and 1880 are considered “pattern” coinage but are treated and collected as regular issue Proof gold...

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Assistant Undersecretary Walter Leibold mints the first five-euro collector coin “Subtropical Climate Zone”

In a previous article, we covered the IACA award won by the state mints of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Bavarian State Mint for their polymer coin.

On 8 December 2017, Assistant Undersecretary Walter Leibold has struck the very first 5-euro collector coin “Subtropical Climate Zone.” He thus set the wheels in motion for the production of the second issue of the “Climate Zones of the Earth” coin series. All coins in the series are equipped with a polymer ring between the ring and the core, which not only is aesthetically pleasing, but can also serve as a state-of-the-art security feature. During the opening ceremony, Klaus Meyer-Steffens, representing the European Vending Association, talked about the new polymer coins’ advantages for the vending industry if they were to serve as circulation coins as well.

The German coin with polymer ring is the product development of a working group, composed by representatives of the state mints of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Bavarian State...

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A silver bar walks into a mint

By Gabriel Leif Bellman

A surprise 2017 release from the Mexican Mint comes to us in kilo silver. The first surprise is that the 2017 kilo silver Libertad is the key to the series. With a mintage of just 200, it is the lowest minted Libertad to date. That includes all Libertads, in both silver and gold. The previous key was the 1998 Proof silver with a mintage of 300 — which goes for between $2,500 and $5,000. Now, not many people will be walking around with a kilo of silver in their pocket, but as the five-ounce America the Beautiful series shows us, there is a market for oversized silver coins. How popular will these be? Right now, there are none for sale, so it’s a seller’s market. The mintages for silver kilo Libertads vary usually from 2,000-4,000, with lower mintages for the Prooflike (which varies in mintage between 500 and 1,820). The mintage of 200 is really a shocker for the Brilliant Uncirculated silver.

Usually, the prize of the kilo series is the beautiful...

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PCGS to display the Miller/Ashmore Morgan Dollars Super Set at FUN

(Newport Beach, California) — The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will display the Miller/Ashmore Morgan Dollars Super Set, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921) at the Florida United Numismatists Show (FUN) at the Tampa Convention Center January 4-7, 2018.

The Morgan Dollars Super Set, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921), consists of 331 Morgan Silver Dollars, including the standard Morgan major variety rarities and the Major VAM set with many scarce VAM rarities. The Miller/Ashmore Super Set currently tops the PCGS Set Registry at 99.4% complete and an overall set rating of 61.7.

David Miller is the collector of this incredible set of Morgan Dollars. “I’m hoping to enjoy my collection along with friends and grandchildren for a long time,” stated Miller. Miller has been working with Ash Harrison, friend, and an established coin dealer, for 17 years. They began working on this Super Set together in 2007.

Don Willis, president of PCGS and avid coin collector himself,...

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