The Stack’s Bowers Galleries August ANA Auction is now underway. Though the live sessions have likely finished by the time you read this, the Internet Only Sessions will begin Monday August 20th at 9 AM PT. Please visit the Upcoming Auctions page here for more information. One of the highlights for these sessions is a lovely Greek ½ Drachma from the first modern King of Greece, Otto I. After the successful Greek War of Independence (1821-29) against the Ottoman Empire, the three Great Powers (Britain, France and Russia) convened to establish a stable government for Greece. Otto I, a Bavarian prince was elected to rule as King (while a minor, a regency council of Bavarians ruled in his stead). The obverse features a right facing portrait of the young king, with his title: “Othon, King of Greece” around. The crowned arms of Greece appear within a half wreath on the reverse with 1/2 Drachma (denomination) and 1833 in exergue.
While we are no longer accepting consignments for our August 2018 ANA Auction, we are accepting consignments for our October 2018 Collector’s Choice Online Auction as well as the January 2019 New York International Auction. In addition, we are currently taking consignments of Chinese and other Asian coins and currency for our March 2019 Hong Kong Showcase Auction. If you are interested in consigning your coins and paper currency (whether a whole collection or a single rarity) be sure to contact one of our consignment directors.