• 23
    May

How Geese, Gods and Gauls Gave Money Its Name

By Gerald Tebben The first money had no substance, but it changed the course of history. It was born of carnage, but it was all sound and fury. It did not contain so much as an atom of gold or silver, or copper or any other metal. The first money was the excited honking of geese […]

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  • 15
    May

Collecting the Royals: Kings, Queens and Pretenders to the Throne

There seems to be a lot of abdicating going around. First, Pope Benedict XVI stepped down as Supreme Pontiff (a kind of monarchy), the first reigning Pope to do so in 600 years. Then Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who was on the throne for only 33 years, abdicated in favor of her eldest son, […]

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  • 1
    Apr

A Link to History: Connect with Saints through Ancient Coins

By Gerald Tebben Saints lived common lives, too. They toiled at their vocations. They ate and slept and engaged in the domestic commerce of their day. Today, collectors can connect with saints through coinage. Very little is known about St. Valentine, but most sources agree he was martyred, possibly at the hand of the emperor […]

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  • 3
    Mar

Let My Denarius Go: Collector to Free Ancient Coin from Slab

By Gerald Tebben I recently bought a denarius of Vespasian celebrating Rome’s capture of Judea in 70 A.D. It’s one of those coins that spoke to the people of its time and speaks to the people of today, too. It was minted at a time when the books of the New Testament were still being […]

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  • 19
    Feb

Numismatic Mysteries: Three Issues Not Known to Exist

By Gerald Tebben Coin collecting is filled with might-have-beens and what-ifs, but for me, one of the most fascinating parts of the hobby is pieces that existed at one time but are no longer known to collectors. Here are three numismatic mysteries spanning 2,500 years. 1728 New Jersey bills On Feb. 10, 1727-1728 (the new […]

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  • 6
    Feb

Bent and Beautiful, this Half Groat is Part of Henry VIII’s Legacy

By Gerald Tebben The small silver coin was bent where a chisel had cut across the king’s image, granular from centuries buried under ground and colored a uniform dull white from a harsh cleaning. In short, it was beautiful. Priced at $15, the coin came with two histories—its personal one and a deep connection to […]

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