At Stack's Bowers' Baltimore Auction, Something for Everyone

When Stack's Bowers Galleries holds its official Whitman Coins & Collectibles Expo auction in Baltimore Nov. 13-16, many intriguing and uncommon objects will cross the block. Auction highlights include The E Pluribus Unum Collection of New Jersey Coppers. According to Dr. Edward Maris' 1881 Coins of New Jersey, the collection is “one of the most substantial collections of New Jersey coppers ever formed,” with over 240 coins and 110 die variants.

According to Stack's Bowers, this is the largest die variety sale since the 2003 John J. Ford Jr. Collection sale and the third-largest ever, trailing only Ford and the Garrett Collection (sold in 1980 with 114 varieties) but surpassing Maris' own collection (sold in 1886, 109 varieties), the Jacob Spiro Collection (1955, 109 varieties), Dr. Thomas Hall (1909, 100 varieties), Frederick Taylor (1987, 99 varieties), and others.

Eight of Dr. Maris' coins from his 1881 monograph's photographic plate are in the E Pluribus Unum Collection. New Jersey copper collectors value provenance and condition, making these Maris Plate coins desirable.

Several dozen of the coins are Condition Census quality, and many of the varieties are extremely rare in any grade, including Maris 8 1/2-C (three known), Maris 9-G (seven known), Maris 10-gg (four known), Maris 21 1/2-R (three known), Maris 23 1/2-R (three known), Maris 24-Q (five known), Maris 66-u (five known), Maris 81-ll (three known), and the famous Maris 83-ii

The E Pluribus Unum Collection includes 25 Maris 56-n struck overstrikes and errors, together with Machin's Mills halfpences, Vermont coppers, and Nova Constellatio coppers. Overstrikes of different types, double strikes, brockages, and Maris Reverse's unique uniface strike are also depicted.

The Sale of Washingtonia from the Collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, including the Collection of William Spohn Baker, who pioneered a medal arrangement technique that served collectors of this specialty region for almost a century, will also be exciting. Baker collected almost 1,000 portrait engravings and 1,100 medals before dying in 1897. The medals collection will be complete.

Also noteworthy is the “NE” Pine Tree Shilling. The counterstamp on this coin from 1652 has fascinated scholars for nearly 150 years. The sale will offer new National Currency, large, and small notes to paper money enthusiasts.

Large type rarities like the Fr.212f 1865 $500 Interest Bearing Note and Fr.150 1863 $50 Legal Tender Note will be auctioned, along with first-ever National Currency notes.

A Farmers National Bank of Kingfisher, Territory of Oklahoma 1902 $10 Red Seal and an inaugural National Bank of Rosebud, Montana 1902 $10 Plain Back (the bank's inaugural note) are among them. A new-to-the-census Choice Uncirculated 1928 $500 Gold certificate from the same collection for over 40 years will be given to small size specialists.

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