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Stack’s Bowers Offers a Sneak Peek at November Baltimore Auction

While the official auction catalog has not been released at the time of this writing, Stack’s Bowers has released some press information about some of the collections that will be on the auction block during the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, Maryland, Nov. 14-17, 2019

Stack’s Bowers will be offering the John W. Adams Collection of Comitia Americana on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. In a release from Stack’s Bowers, they describe this collection as, “unparalleled in the two centuries since American collectors have sought to gather these medals together.”

Of particular interest, a silver 1871 Daniel Morgan at Cowpens medal, unique in private hands, will be offered.  The last time this medal crossed the auction block was in 2001, where it broke a 23-year-old world record for the most valuable American medal sold at auction.

Another item that Stack’s Bowers has called to our attention that will be at the Baltimore Auction, is what they have dubbed the “infamous “NE” Pine Tree Shilling.” From 1652, this shilling has an infamous counterstamp that has captured specialists’ attention for nearly 150 years.  Looking just below the roots of the tree on the obverse, there is an inverted counterstamp of the monogram NE, imitating the authentic NE punch used on the eponymous shillings of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

The infamous 1652 NE Pine Tree Shilling.

Stack’s also announced on their blog on Sept. 19 that they would be offering Washingtonia from the Collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania featuring the Collection of William Spohn Baker at the auction. For those who collect Washington medals, no explanation is needed, but those who do not, Baker pioneered a system for arranging the medals that served collectors of this niche area for over a century.  While Baker died in 1897, he amassed a collection of more than 1,000 portrait engravings and about 1,100 medals. The medals collection will be offered in its entirety at Stack’s November sale in Baltimore.

More than a thousand Washingtonia medals featuring the Collection of William Spohn Baker are set to be offered.

A significant highlight is an MS-67 NGC 1863 three-dollar gold piece. With a mintage of 5,039, it is believed that only 300 or so are believed extant, with most EF or AU.  Those graded in Mint State are rare occurrences. Stack’s previously handled one of the very finest examples of this coin in February 2016 as part of the Pogue Collection. That coin, certified MS-68 PCGS, sold for $123,375.  Another example certified MS-63 PCGS drew $16,800 at their August ANA Auction.  We look forward to following the results of this auction to see how much this coin earns.

Graded MS-67 NGC, an 1863 three-dollar gold piece.

For more information on the vast offerings Stack’s Bowers will have at the November Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo auction, visit their website at www.stacksbowers.com

All images courtesy of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. 

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