• 16
    Jun

Triumph of the Human Spirit: Commemorative Coins Honor Mettle of the World’s People

By Gerald Tebben Some coins are tributes—metallic and medallic—to the triumph of the human spirit. Born of adversity, they rise above their mundane mercantile brethren to remind us in these uncertain and troubled times that good will win out. In 1959, the young state of Israel issued a remarkable coin of joyful simplicity, a 5-lirot […]

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  • 14
    Jun

Give Peace Dollars a Chance: Finest Known 1923-D Captures $76,375 at Sale

At the conclusion of the First World War it was suggested in many circles that a commemorative coin a “Peace Dollar” should be issued for general circulation. As elected officials put efforts forward for this endeavor, a whirlwind of positive public opinion for this venture ensued. A commission was formed and on July 28, 1921, […]

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  • 10
    Jun

Movie Money May be Fake but can be Real Collectables

By Gerald Tebben From the cursed gold coins in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” to a common $1 bill in “National Treasure,” money plays a part, sometimes a starring role, in many recent movies. Here’s a look at some of the numismatic treasures appearing on the silver screen. Primitive? Persian-like “gold […]

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  • 5
    Jun

If the Tea Party had Its Way, U.S. Coins and Notes Would be Very Different

By Gerald Tebben What would a Tea Party revolution mean to coin collectors? That’s something I had been thinking about as the group flexed its muscles in during the Republican primary season last summer. Where there is no one spokesman and every splinter seems to have its own ideas on how the country should be […]

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  • 4
    Jun

Size Matters: Three of the World’s Biggest Coins

By Gerald Tebben Every now and then money takes on immense proportions. It happened on the South Pacific Island of Yap, in several German states and in Sweden. The immense “coins” are scarce, valuable and prized by collectors. Yap Stone Money: The origin of Yap’s stone money is lost to history. The money—discs of stone […]

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  • 3
    Jun

A Double Eagle Treasure: Collection Lanson Champagne Captures Nearly $1 Million

Normally when coin collectors think of lost gold treasures, especially when it pertains to the glorious Double Eagle or $20 gold piece, the more prestigious of the pedigrees would include the famous shipwrecks and the bounty of the SS Central America, the SS Republic or the SS Brother Jonathan. However, on June 3, 2013, at Bonham’s […]

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  • 31
    May

How the Nickel Almost Lost Its Name

By Gerald Tebben The Jefferson 5-cent coin went to war in 1942 and continued serving for the duration. Faced with the need to divert nickel and copper to the war effort after America’s entry into the Second World War, Mint officials experimented with numerous replacement materials for the metallic heart of the 5-cent coin in […]

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  • 24
    May

What’s In a Number? It’s All About the History

By Gerald Tebben In U.S. coin collecting, the number 15—in the words of the late Rodney Dangerfield—can’t get no respect. It started strong in our coinage history but lacked the staying power of 13. Thirteen, a traditionally unlucky number, gained immense importance in 1776 when 13 colonies declared themselves independent of Great Britain. For a […]

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  • 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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  • 17
    May

A Very Good Year for the Nation and Its Coins

By Gerald Tebben The year 1776 was a good one for the nation and numismatics. Every coin from the famous year carries with it the tremendous power of the date and a good tale. Only a handful of 1776 U.S. coins are known: the mysterious New Hampshire coin, a trio of unique pattern Massachusetts coppers, […]

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