• 9
    Oct

Archives International Auctions offers U.S. & Worldwide Banknotes & Scripophily

FORT LEE, N.J. – More than 1,400 lots of rare and highly collectible U.S. and worldwide banknotes, scripophily (the collecting of stocks and bonds), autographs, historical documents and security printing ephemera will be sold in a two-day, two-session auction slated for Oct. 19 and 22 by Archives International Auctions. Bidders may attended either session live […]

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  • 30
    Sep

Climax of David Fore Collection Sale Bolsters Worldwide Coin Collections

A room full of enthusiastic bidders found fierce competition from buyers on the Internet and on the phone as they fought to take home part of the celebrated David Fore Collection of Indian Coins. This concluding auction was well received and in a buoyant market lots achieved some fabulous and worthy prices. The sale, facilitated […]

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  • 25
    Aug

Pearl River Meets the East River over a Chinese Export Silver Box

珠江在一個中國出口銀盒上遇到了紐約的東河 For a nation that had been almost totally introspective to the point of being hermetically sealed off for hundreds of years, it never ceases to amaze me how inextricably linked the phenomenon that is Chinese Export Silver is to America, in particular the Eastern Seaboard. True, the Treaty of Nanking in 1842 opened up […]

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  • 23
    Aug

ANA World’s Fair of Money Auctions Set Chicago Area on Fire; $75 Million in Sales

CHICAGO – Strength and power describe the ongoing prowess of the rare coin market. The just concluded American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money convention in Rosemont, Ill., featured two stand out auctions by Heritage Auctions and Stacks Bowers, the ANA’s host auctioneer. Combined, the two auction houses delivered more than 16,000 lots of coins […]

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  • 16
    Aug

A Coin Collector’s Question: Is it Time to Flock to U.S. Silver Eagles?

In the early 1980s, a multitude of investors and collectors were keen on acquiring silver in coin or bar format for investment and speculation. The metals market was a huge business and millions of dollars were spent annually to purchase silver, especially foreign silver. At the same time, the U.S. government—which had gone off the […]

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  • 5
    Aug

Lot of 1970s-Era United Arab Emirates Banknotes Gavels for $29,500 at AIA Sale

FORT LEE, N.J. – One lot consisting of five 1970s-era banknotes from the United Arab Emirates, with Serial Number “000002” in denominations ranging from 1-to-100 Dirhams, sold for $29,500 at a live and Internet auction held by Archives International Auctions in the firm’s gallery on June 4. The set was easily the sale’s top lot. […]

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  • 4
    Aug

ANA Windy City Auctions to Deliver the ‘King’ of American Coins

The American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money, scheduled for Aug. 13-17 in the Windy City suburb of Rosemont, Ill., is a time for excitement and jubilation for coin collectors and dealers, too. It’s also a time for camaraderie, stories and of, course, a chance to buy, sell and trade the finest coins available. And […]

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  • 23
    Jul

Collecting the Uncollectible: Items that are Taboo to Some Pique the Interest of Others

As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy approaches, one of the last available possessions associated with the event is up for sale. In Boston this October, Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding band will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Experts estimate it will bring $30,000 to $50,000. When I first read an […]

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  • 8
    Jul

Ten 1933 Double Eagle Coins Worth Millions in Fort Knox but not yet for Sale

This famous $20 gold coin is a true rarity and an American numismatic icon, a coin which numismatists dream about owning. Yet, the beautiful and beguiling Augustus Saint-Gaudens-designed gold coin dated 1933 is not legal to own, that is for all but one survivor. It has been nearly two years since the historic court decision […]

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  • 2
    Jul

Avoiding a Razing: Maryland Town Pays Ransom to Rebel Troops

By Gerald Tebben The citizens of Hagerstown, Md., knew no good would come from the column of 1,500 Confederate cavalry that rode into town early in the afternoon of July 6, 1864. Throughout the Civil War, the town of 4,100 had been occupied repeatedly by Northern and Southern armies marching to and from the battles […]

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