The latest article in Harvey Stack's blog series focuses on the R.L. Miles Collection exhibit. Here is part 50. Thanks, Harvey. -Editor
Right after the first of the year, the Bank opened its new building with the R.L. Miles Collection on display. It attracted thousands of visitors for the
first 30 days it was open. Another highlight of the exhibit was the display of The Mace of Baltimore, the symbolic Mace given to the governor of the Colony,
which indicated he had the royal power from the King of England.
The Mace was stored in a deep vault by the bank which, when on display, came from its deep chamber vault beneath the bank, and was elevated on a stand in a
floor to ceiling glass casing so it could be viewed from all sides, and not be touched by anyone. When the exhibit closed each night, it was lowered into the
vault below and sealed with all types of security. It was a symbolic item from colonial days, cherished and valued by all. The coins and the Mace complemented
As the exhibit opened and for three days after, I was there to be an "information center" for those who came to view the R.L. Miles coins that
were on display. I was asked all types of questions, some very intelligent, others just silly.
Later that year, in October, we offered at public auction the first half of the R.L. Miles Collection. It consisted of virtually a complete set of United
States gold coins, 1795 to 1932, comprising some 1,019 lots, to be sold in two sessions. It was among the most extensive offerings, in both quality and
examples offered in a single collection during the decades after World War II.
It had a wide range of rarities, carefully selected by Skinny or members of Stack's who worked closely with him finding the coins he needed. The quality
that he desired was not always easy to find. We did our best and he was able to gather many Mint State and Proof coins; others he had to be satisfied with just
the slightest wear. It was another "dream collection" that we at Stack's had the opportunity to help build and then the pleasure of selling at
For this portion of the sale we rented the Manhattan Skyline Suite at the newly renovated Hotel Park Sheraton, located near Stack's. It was a large
roof-top sales room, which could readily accommodate some 300 buyers. Even so, because of the vastness and scope of the R.L. Miles gold coin collection, the
sale had many moments where it was standing room only. The activity was astounding, with most of the successful buyers taking home parts of the collection from
With so much activity with major public auction sales, attending many conventions and shows, building up our foreign gold coin business again, spending
hours and days helping the Smithsonian with the Lilly coins, and handling all the daily trade in the store with new and experienced collectors, all of us at
Stack's were very busy and limited our time with our families. But as it was a "family business" they all understood and worked to help out
whenever they could. We were growing fast, and everyone wanted to be sure it stayed that way.
To read the complete article, see:
Harvey Stack Remembers: Growing up in a Numismatic Family,
Part 50 (https://www.stacksbowers.com/News/Pages/Blogs.aspx?ArticleID=harvey-stack-remembers-50)
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
HARVEY STACK'S NUMISMATIC FAMILY, PART 49
Wayne Homren, Editor
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