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Braille on Coin a First for USA (7/19/08)
The prototype for the Braille commemorative which will be sold in 2009.Have you ever wondered how the blind population can tell what denomination of either paper money or coin they are using? A prototype of the first U.S. coin with readable Braille characters was unveiled July 2 at the National Federation of the Blind’s annual convention in Dallas during the March for Independence. More >>


Do You Remember Yuri Gagarin? (7/17/08)
Photograph of Yuri Gagarin as he appeared during his 1961 flightIn 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter space and orbit the globe for 108 minutes aboard Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok I) and returned safely to earth. What a brave cosmonaut!! More >>


Makeover for Sacagawea Dollar – 2009 Heralds New Reverse (7/7/08)
Other DesignsA new design for the reverse of the Sacagawea dollar coin is mandated by Congress. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee viewed many designs in June and selected a female Indian planting maze (corn) in a field. This design is intended for use on the 2009 dollar coin, the first featuring a Native American theme. Each year thereafter a different Native American design will appear. More >>


Mint Offers Presidential Dollars at Face Value (7/1/08)
Closeup of Presidential $1 CoinPresidential dollars are now available directly from the U.S. Mint at face value. Collectors and others can now order up to $500 in rolls of Uncirculated Presidential dollars for each president as the coins become available. The Mint will pay the standard shipping costs. More >>


Thorny Errors on Arizona State Quarter. Check your Arizona quarters for collectible errors. (7/1/08)
Closeup of errorsEasily visible die chips were found on recently released Arizona state quarters. Error coin specialists consider die chips a minor form of die stage; however, they are still collectible but rarely have significant value. The most significant error so far is a curved metal protrusion extending onto the 2008 date on the coin’s reverse. More >>


Will we Soon See Steel Cents Again? Also Steel Nickels? (5/19/08)
Legislation in Washington DC has been passed, approving the reduction of expense of minting pennies and nickels. Steel has ultimately been the metal chosen to mint these two denominations of coinage within the next two years. In fiscal year 2007 it cost nearly 2 cents to make one cent and 10 cents to make a nickel. This needlessly cost taxpayers $100 million last year alone. More >>


1954 Cheerios Confederate Money Examples Album (4/13/08)
Pretty color print of During the early 1950s, the Civil War theme became very trendy in America, largely with pre-teens and early teens. … More >>


Coins of India Republic (4/2/08)
25 Grammes ReverseHere are examples of coins of the India Republic. I purchased these coins 28 years ago at M.A. Storck Inc. in Portland, ME. At that time I was collecting coins of India. Since then, I have branched out to collecting world, USA coins and paper, as well as rare and unusual medals. I have included photographs of some of the India coins from my collection. More >>


Cuban 1897 Contribution Issue (2/29/08)
An exampled of an original Type II valued at $200.00 (extra fine condition)The Junta Or Delegation of the Cuban Revolutionary Party established in New York City in 1892 decided to issue coins besides bonds and stamps. In 1897 the designs were created by Philip Martiny in conjunction with the Gorham Manufacturing Company. Because of the urgency the words “un peso” were replaced by “souvenir” as patents were being awaited. More >>


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