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This Week in Geek 8/6 (8/7/08)
Cover of Crossed #0This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written by Worthpoint Comicbook Worthologist Matt Baum. Every Wednesday Matt takes a look at the weeks new comics from a collector’s point-of-view and discusses which books may be hard to find in the near future and why. Make sure to click on the hot links for previews and more information on the books discussed here More >>


Tabua: Power of Life or Death (8/6/08)
Presenting a Tabua of AllianceA “Tabua” (pronounced tam-boo-uh) is an early- to mid-19th century Polynesian ornament representing wealth & status of the owner. Whale teeth were the basis of several island economies, and personal position. The acquisition of multiple tabuas was one way to become chief of a local tribe, and tabua presentations were a strong way to gain favor with the king. More >>


Beautiful Sri Lankan Monetary Notes (8/6/08)
Reverse view of the 50 and 100 Rupee notes I have acquired this complete set of monetary notes from Sri Lanka. They are beautiful crisp uncircuated notes dated 1979, seven years after the Ceylonese gained autonomy from the British Commonwealth and gained their own Parliament and heads of State. In 1972 when the island became completely self-governing, the name was changed to Sri Lanka. Shown is my set of Rupee bills. More >>


Alphabetical List of Exhibits—American Presidential Experience (8/5/08)
Exhibit Details—listed alphabetically Exhibits subject to change. A Air Force One Visitors can tour a full-scale replica of the fuselage of Air Force One and receive keepsake photos of the experience. More >>


Offered for the first time in years an original Antoine-Louis Barye monument (8/5/08)
Famous Barye cold stamp I’m happy to announce that I’ve been contracted to sell one of the most important bronze collectibles to come on the market in quite some time. It’s an original work by French Romantic Artist Antoine-Louis Barye (1796–1875), the foremost animal sculptor or animalier of the 19th century. More >>


The 51-Star Flag of the United States (8/4/08)
50 star flag of the United StatesIt is the longest-serving national flag of the United States. Since July 4, 1960, after the addition of Hawaii as the 50th state, the flag of the United States with its 50 stars has served longer than the 48-star flag, the national standard from 1912 to 1959. More >>


Political Items in Worthopedia (8/4/08)
Card signed by Jefferson Davis, c. 1850sWhen trying to find an interesting topic for my blog, I thought I would look in our own Worthopedia here at WorthPoint to provide inspiration. After all, there are more than 1 million, if not 2 million, auction items from several hundred auction houses listed here. There had to be something I could talk about. More >>


When a President Visits (8/4/08)
A photo of President Clinton shopping at Political Americana, Christmas Eve 1996Christmas Eve can sometimes be a rather hectic day for retail sales, particularly so when you have unusual political and presidential collectible items to offer. However, no matter how busy you are, everything comes to a complete standstill when a president of the United States visits your shop. More >>


Antiques and Art Provenance Matters (8/4/08)
Originating from the French verb “provenir” (to stem from), provenance is the history of ownership of art, antiques and collectibles. As an all-important record of an art object’s trail from its origin to its present owner, provenance affirms the authenticity of the work and increases its art-market value. More >>


Is Dot on 1875 Cent Reverse the Secret Mark? (8/3/08)
The raised dot on the The hunt to identify a “secret mark” on the reverse of an 1875 Indian Head cent which has persisted for some thirty-six years may have finally been successful. This year a coin appraiser, assessing coins for an auction had his attention drawn to a particular 1875 Indian cent. The coin had a tiny raised dot on one of the letters in the denomination. More >>


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