Stack’s Bowers Galleries: A Century of Numismatic Excellence and Historic Auction Achievements

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With a legacy spanning over nine decades, Stack’s Bowers Galleries stands as the ultimate destination for aficionados of numismatic treasures, serving both buyers and sellers. Established in 1933 in New York, the flagship Midtown Manhattan store caters to a diverse range of collectors, from novices to those with meticulously curated legendary cabinets.

The 1933 Double Eagle auctioned
On June 8, at Sotheby’s in Manhattan, three lots consigned by shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, including the Fenton-Weitzman 1933 double eagle, were auctioned, resulting in a record-breaking $18,872,250—the highest ever for any coin or numismatic item. Despite its former association with the Farouk Collection, uncertainty surrounds its pedigree. Notably, the Fenton-Weitzman coin is the only 1933 double eagle exempt from U.S. Treasury seizure attempts, with a unique agreement between purchaser Stephen Fenton and the Treasury. The auction marked a historic moment, eclipsing the previous record set in 2013. This event not only elevated the coin’s significance but also emphasized its unmatched importance in the world of numismatics. Before Stack’s, other firms had already publicly advertised the 1933 double eagle, with advertisements featuring this exceptionally rare coin in numismatic publications before 1944. Notably, F.C.C. Boyd, a collector of significant prominence with well-established connections during that era, publicly displayed his coin since the late 1930s.

Prior to Stack’s, other firms had already publicly advertised the 1933 double eagle. Advertisements showcasing this exceptionally rare coin had been featured in numismatic publications before 1944. Notably, F.C.C. Boyd, a collector of significant prominence and well-established connections during that era, had been publicly displaying his coin since the late 1930s.

The expertise of Stack’s Bowers Galleries encompasses live, Internet, and specialized auctions, featuring rare U.S. and world coins, currency, and ancient coins. Additionally, the firm engages in direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. Over its illustrious 80-year history, Stack’s Bowers Galleries has cataloged and sold some of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections ever to grace auctions. Notable collections include The John J. Ford, Jr., The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collections, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal, The Battle Born Collection, and The D. Brent Pogue Collection, among others. World coin and currency collections encompass The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.

The pinnacle of Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ numismatic history is marked by the record-breaking sale of the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS), fetching over $10 million and becoming a prized element of the renowned Cardinal Collection.

In a moment of honor, Stack’s Bowers Galleries announces the receipt of a contract from the United States Mint to auction the 2021 American Eagle at Dusk and at Dawn 35th Anniversary coins as part of the firm’s Summer 2022 Global Showcase Auction. Established by the Coinage Act of April 2, 1792, the United States Mint has been a crucial foundation for the American economy for 230 years. Founded in New York City in 1933, Stack’s Bowers Galleries has built a reputation as America’s leading auctioneer of rare coins over the past century, handling some of the greatest rarities and most valuable collections ever sold. Together, these entities will present the 35th Anniversary American Eagle at Dusk and at Dawn coins to collectors at auction this summer.

In acknowledgment of this historic offering, Stack’s Bowers Galleries will waive the Buyer’s Premium on these 35th-anniversary coins. This means that the highest bid on each lot (the hammer price) will be the final amount paid by the winning bidder, excluding any applicable sales tax and shipping fees.

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