Stack's Bowers Galleries (Numismatic dealers)



2015-06-26 10:49:43

Stack's Bowers Galleries is a U.S auction house specializing in the sale of rare coins and banknotes. The company is based in Irvine, California, with offices in New York and New Hampshire, and was formed by the merging of two companies: Stacks’s and Bowers & Merena Auctions.

Between them, these two companies have handled hundreds of millions of dollars worth of coins for tens of thousands of consignors including the New York Public Library, American Numismatic Association, Connecticut Historical Society, the Salvation Army, Boys Town, numerous universities, the FDIC and other government agencies, and many individual and estate properties.

The firm also comprises Stack's Bowers and Ponterio, the world and ancients auction division of Stack's Bowers Galleries.

Their sales are held in Beverly Hills, Baltimore, Las Vegas and other metropolitan centers across the United States. Stack's Bowers Galleries is the official auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including the ANA World's Fair of Money pre-show and convention auctions, and the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expos in Baltimore, three times yearly, and Philadelphia.


The firm was launched in January 2011, combining the extraordinary histories of Stack's, the oldest rare coin auction and retail company in America, with Bowers and Merena Auctions, one of the world's pre-eminent auctioneers of rare coins and paper money.

The two companies united to share a combined legacy that spans more than 100 years, and includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable collections to ever cross an auction block: the John. J. Ford, Jr. and Louis E. Eliasberg collections, the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, and the Norweb Collection, to name just a few.

They are also responsible for the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the legendary 1933 St. Gaudens Double Eagle which realized $7.59 million (sold in partnership with Sotheby's). The company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New York and New Hampshire.

Stack's Bowers and Ponterio was originally founded in 1982 as Ponterio & Associates by Richard Ponterio, renowned specialist in world and ancient numismatics, who is now executive vice president of Stack's Bowers Galleries.


The team of experts includes:

  • Greg Roberts - CEO, Spectrum Group International and CEO, Stack's Bowers Galleries
  • Rick Ponterio - Vice President
  • Steve Deeds - Senior Numismatist
  • Ron Gillio - Numismatic Acquisition Coordinator World Coin & Currency Specialist
  • Kent Ponterio - Senior Numismatist Foreign and Ancient Coins
  • Brett Renaud – Consignment Director / Numismatist
  • Kyle Ponterio - World Coin & Currency Specialist

Notable sales

  • The Eliasberg Specimen 1913 Liberty Head nickel sold in 1996 for a then-record price of $1,485,000.
  • A rare 1907 Wire Rim Indian Eagle, sold for $230,000 in January 2011.
  • A very rare 1870-S Seated Liberty Silver Dollar known as “The Farouk-Schultz Specimen,” sold for $705,698 in March 2008.
  • An 1851 Augustus Humbert $50 Gold piece of the Reeded Edge, sold for $460,000 in September 2008.
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