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Collecting Modern Clad Half Dollar Commemoratives Continue Rich Tradition

The United States commemorative coin program was ushered in with the World’s Columbian Exposition half dollars of 1892 and 1893. After a flurry of issues in the 1930s, the program ended in 1954 with the final Booker T. Washington/George Washington Carver commemorative half dollar. The tradition was resurrected in 1982 with a handsome 90 percent […]

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Party On with Inaugural Collectibles

In the mood to party, but it’s too late for New Year’s Eve? Too early for the Super Bowl? How about an inauguration shindig complete with Obama collectibles destined to become family heirlooms? (Remember, there is nothing in the Constitution that says you have to party on Jan. 20. That’s only the swearing-in.) To set […]

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Rosa Parks’ hats, James Brown’s curlers, a Nelson Mandela stamp and buying art on cruise ships

The antiques, collectibles and art news swung from singer James Brown’s hair curlers, a stamp honoring freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, civil-rights heroine Rosa Parks’ hats to the last in a series of U.S. coins saluting the judiciary and a warning about buying art on cruise ships.

Collectibles from the civil-rights pillar who would not move

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Help, What are these?

I came into possession of two pins or badges that I inherited from a relative’s estate. They were acquired in England sometime during World War Two. Any information that anyone may have concerning these would be appreciated.

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Inaugural Medals

It is well known that the United States Mint manufacturers the currency and coinage of the United States. What isn’t well known is that there are skilled craftsman who also shape American history in bronze medals and medallions for everyone to own and share.

Created in 1792, the U.S. Mint has been the primary source of coinage in the United States, but in their own words:

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The Inaugural Medal of Warren G. Harding

President-elect Warren G. Harding wanted "…the most dazzling celebration in the memory of the present generation." Fireworks, concerts, balls, parades, and the return of the inaugural medal. However, with the economy approaching deep depression, the political climate did not warrant an extravagent celebration.

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