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Harvey Stack Retires; Q. David Bowers Named as Chairman of the Board

Harvey Stack, long-time principal of Stack’s, announced his retirement as of June 30th, following 62 years as a full-time professional numismatist. At age 81 he will devote his time to other activities. “Harvey has been one of the great figures in numismatics,” said Stack’s president Christine Karstedt. “He has developed many outstanding collections, has auctioned some of the finest properties to be sold, was the key person in working with Congress on the State Quarters Program, and is a past president of the Professional Numismatists Guild, among many other accomplishments.”

Q. David Bowers has now become Chairman of the Board for the Stack’s organization and will lead the numismatic direction of the firm. “We have more numismatic talent within our walls then any other firm. Stack’s will continue to be a market leader in all fields of American, world, and ancient coins as well as paper money, tokens, and medals,” stated Bowers. Becoming a dealer at a young age in 1953, he has had many accomplishments in the intervening years, including serving as president of both the American Numismatic Association and the Professional Numismatists Guild, receiving the Farran Zerbe Award from the ANA and the Founders’ Award from the PNG (the highest honors for each group), being named as one of the Greatest Numismatists of the 20th Century (one of just six living people to be accorded this status in a survey by COINage magazine), and being the first person to be named as Numismatist of the Year by the ANA.

Bowers has supervised the presentation at auction of the Louis E. Eliasberg Collection, the Garrett Collection, the Norweb Collection, and the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, four of the greatest cabinets ever formed. Since becoming a shareholder in Stack’s in 2006 he has been important in the production of our award winning catalogues and in spearheading collector based retail programs for the organization. The author of over 50 books and a popular columnist for Coin World and The Numismatist, he has won more “Book of the Year” and “Best Columnist” awards than has anyone in the history of numismatics.

“It has been a great honor to have known Harvey Stack since the early 1950s,” Dave commented, “and to work with him at Stack’s in recent times. I and the entire staff will continue the illustrious Stack’s tradition that dates back to the 1930s.” Over the years, Stack’s has handled more rarities and more important collections than has any other auction firm.

Among current events at Stack’s are auctions in Los Angeles preceding the ANA convention, a September sale in Philadelphia at the inaugural Whitman Coin & Currency Show in that city, the Anniversary Sale in October, and a star-studded list of collections and rarities to be included in other sales. Several new programs are being formulated and will be announced soon, including one that will offer a special service for connoisseurs who desire coins with excellent eye appeal. The latest issue of the firm’s magazine, the Numismatic Sun, is now being prepared and will be mailed in July. This will contain articles, market information, coins and other items for sale, interesting books, and other features.

For more information about Stack’s and its services visit our website at or contact our staff of experts by calling 800-566-2580.

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