At the recent ANA World’s Fair of Money, Stack’s Bowers Galleries swept the field for literary awards—taking the top spot in the three most important honors of the year. The “Triple Crown” accomplishment is unprecedented in numismatic history.
One of the most prestigious and most coveted awards of the Numismatic Literary Guild is the “Catalog of the Year Award” for auction catalogs. This year Stack’s Bowers Galleries was presented with this honor for its January 2013 presentation of The Cardinal Collection and other Americana Sale properties. Martin Logies, consignor of the Cardinal Collection, made valuable and numerous contributions to the sale catalog showcasing the now famous 1794 silver dollar, superb gem Mint State, which realized over $10 million and broke all records as the most valuable coin ever sold. “We are deeply appreciative of this honor,” noted Q. David Bowers. “Over the years the Numismatic Literary Guild has given us this ultimate auction award more times than to any other firm. Our entire team is very grateful.”
The “Book of the Year” award went to The Encyclopedia of United States Silver Dollars 1794-1804 by Q. David Bowers. This 343 page color-illustrated volume is the second edition of the standard reference in the field. With a foreword by Martin Logies and an appreciation by Warren Miller, this award winner features full color illustrations throughout, updated rarity information, pedigree and market data, numismatic notes, and a full history of the series. No comparable study has ever been made. With this book the reader can quickly identify die varieties, including valuable rarities that in some instances differ from common varieties only by a few features. An essential addition to any numismatic library, it is available for a list price of $49.95 through Stack’s Bowers Galleries in New Hampshire (866-811-1804).
The third great honor completing the Triple Crown of literary awards was the honor bestowed to Q. David Bowers by the American Numismatic Association with the first place Heath Award. This is the ANA’s highest honor for numismatic authors and is named for Dr. George F. Heath, founder of the ANA in 1891.
As if that were not enough, several other tributes came to the team at Stack’s Bowers Galleries. Greg Roberts took home a Professional Numismatists Guild 25-Year Award. Stack’s Bowers Galleries was given the ANA Membership Award for recruiting the most new members to the Association. And for good measure, Dave Bowers was given the Token and Medal Society’s annual Literary Achievement Award. “I’ve always said we have an award-winning team,” said president Brian Kendrella “and this certainly proves it. We are so very thankful to these organizations for acknowledging our accomplishments with these important and impressive honors.”