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CURRENCY/COINS

Currency, including coins, is a natural extension of what we do. Many of the estates we handle include impressive collections of coins and other currency and these frequently are headline items in our catalogs. Whether it’s a mis-stamped 20th century U.S. Mint nickel, a Confederate banknote or an ancient bronze coin, you could find it at National Book Auctions.

People have hoarded coins for their bullion value for as long as coins have been minted, although the collection of coins for their artistic value was a later development. According to Suetonius in his De vita Caesarum, written in the first century, the emperor Augustus would sometimes present old and exotic coins to friends and courtiers during festivals and other special occasions. Contemporary coin collecting and appreciation began around the fourteenth century. During the Renaissance coin collecting became a fad among some members of the privileged classes. Given this long and rich history of collecting the various forms of currency, there exists today, a veritable sea of coins and currency in private and public collections. Accordingly, you need expertise on your side when taking a collection or individual piece to market.

National Book Auctions would be pleased to discuss marketing your coins and other forms of currency. Please click the contact link along the left-hand menu.


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