Use A Coin, Go to Jail: The Monneron Medal of Confidence
By Gerald Tebben Trade tokens tend to be simple affairs that make do for money in times of economic stress. During the French Revolution, though, […]
The Best Investment: What’s In Your Wallet?
As an appraiser, I often have to answer questions regarding antiques and collectibles as an investment, often being the bearer of bad news to clients […]
A Tale of Two Noses: Nixon Inaugural Medals
By Gerald Tebben Richard M. Nixon, the only president to resign from office, in disgrace, was many things to many people in the 1960s and […]
Revolutionary Honors: Medals Mark Struggle for American Independence
By Gerald Tebben The largely unremembered war began with the George Washington’s surrender and ended essentially with the accession of George III to the British […]
Silver Revolutionary Souvenir ‘Peso’ Struck to Back Cuban Liberation
By Gerald Tebben Can you name a silver piece minted in Philadelphia in 1897 that has the designer’s initial “M” on the reverse and not […]
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 […]
No Respect: What Good was a 3-Cent Piece?
By Gerald Tebben The 3-cent piece. What was it good for? Cheap cigars, postage stamps and deception. Minted in two significantly different versions from 1851 […]
Special Tokens Issued to Serve as Currency in Culion Leper Colony
By Gerald Tebben The first 370 settlers, many horribly disfigured, arrived about 4 p.m., May 27, 1906. Six concrete houses and 85 wooden ones awaited […]
Auction Report: 1908 Hunan Government Chinese 100 Coppers Banknote Brings $15,220
HONG KONG, China – A high-grade Chinese Hunan government banknote for 100 coppers, 1908 issue, hammered for $15,220 after a fierce floor competition at the […]
A Mighty Coin: How the Morgan Silver Dollar Nearly Destroyed the U.S.
By Gerald Tebben The Morgan dollar is a mighty coin. Every collector knows that. But few know that in 1893 it nearly destroyed the United […]