The family business was started by Maurice Stack in 1858 as a foreign exchange house. His son was also named Maurice. The younger Maurice married Doris and had two sons, Joseph and Morton. These brothers changed the focus of the company to numismatics in 1934. Joseph's sons were Benjamin and Norman. Norman was father of Brenda, Claudia, Diane and Ronald. Morton's son is Harvey who is the father of Lawrence and Susan.
The family has made considerable donations to the ANA, the ANS and the Smithsonian. When the Harry S. Truman collection was stolen in 1962, Stack's provided replacements for the collection valued at $50,000.
The family collectively received the ANA Medal of Merit in 1986. In 2010 the family received the ANA Lifetim Achievement Award.
The Stack's firm has conducted 430 auction sales with 536,785 lots from 1935 through 1990. Stack's cataloged the ANA convention sales for 1939, 1940, 1971 and 1976. They have also conducted mail bid sales under the name Coin Galleries including 92 sales and 192,516 lots.
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A record of the Showers half cent collection placed privately by Stack's, this is neither an auction catalog or fixed price list. One of twelve original copies produced, this book combines brief descriptions of each piece with photographic plates.