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Stack’s Bowers February Collectors Choice Online Sale

Stack’s Bowers Galleries announced their February 26-28, 2020, Collectors Choice Online auction – their largest such sale to date offering World coins, banknotes and Ancient coins. The sale comprises over 2,000 lots and has high-end estimate of just over $1 million. The firm’s Collectors Choice Online auctions capture the feel of an auction room, with a live auctioneer, despite running and closing exclusively online. They are quickly becoming a cornerstone of the firm’s selling venues – popular with consignors and bidders alike.

Lot 70015 Macedon. Kingdom of Macedon. Alexander III (the Great), Stater ca. 310-301 B.C. Teos Mint, Posthumous issue under Antigonos I,. NGC AU, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 3/5. Brushed. Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000.

Among the many offerings are fairly specialized runs of coins, such as well struck and pleasingly toned early British hammered issues, Alexander III (the Great)-style tetradrachms and drachms, and Canadian issues, which offer a particular focus upon numerous modern commemorative motifs.

Lot 71440: Philippines. Peso, 1905-S. San Francisco Mint. PCGS MS-62 Gold Shield. KM-168; Estimate: $2,000 – $2,500.

Also present are delightful examples from the Papal States (as well as its transition to the Vatican City) and a run of Filipino coins produced under U.S. administration (as well as two exceptional Piloncitos from the 10th-11th centuries). Of great interest is the “Galignani’s Messenger Newspaper Find,” a number of late 19th century European silver issues deposited carefully in a folded newspaper and allowed to remain dormant for over a century.

Lot 70643: Germany, Empire: The Quadruple Alliance Silver Medal, 1916. PCGS Specimen-62 Gold Shield. Estimate: $300 – $500.

Coins aren’t the only focus, as exonumia also takes the stage in this eclectic sale. Whether it be the ever-popular “Conder” British trade tokens – with issues featuring Lady Godiva and the prizefighter Daniel Mendoza – or lesser-studied series such as silver World War I medals that feature the German perspective. There is also a pleasing run of Swedish nominating medals for the Nobel Prize, as well as numerous medals and plaques celebrating the early games of the modern Olympics.

Lot 72124: French Afars & Issias. Tresor Public. 5000 Francs, ND (1969). P-30. PMG About Uncirculated 55. Estimate: $700 – $1,000.

The World Paper portion of the auction features quite a few interesting pieces, such as the 1927 Royal Bank of Canada 50 Dollar note. The cover note of the Charlton Book is also featured, a Canadian Bank of Commerce 100 Dollar proof with the Barbados overprints in a PMG SGU 67 EPQ holder. Another standout, is the French Afars and Issas 5000 Franc in a PMG AU 55 holder. Overall the paper money is heavy in Mexican and Canadian highlights with a few high grade notes from Colonial Africa, and British Colonial countries.

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries February World Collectors Choice Auction will close live online at on February 26-28, 2020. For more information about the auction or to consign to a future event visit the website.


You can find all coins of the sale here.