Found 33 articles matching U.S. Coins category.
  • Apr 19 2013
  • 19 Apr 2013

If John Beat George: What Early American Coins May Have Looked Like

By Gerald Tebben In an alternate universe, our first president, John Adams, placed his own portrait on coins in 1792. President William Jennings Bryan ushered […]

  • Apr 11 2013
  • 11 Apr 2013

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 […]

  • Apr 3 2013
  • 3 Apr 2013

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 […]

  • Apr 1 2013
  • 1 Apr 2013

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 […]

  • Mar 28 2013
  • 28 Mar 2013

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 […]

  • Mar 28 2013
  • 28 Mar 2013

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 […]

  • Mar 21 2013
  • 21 Mar 2013

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 […]

  • Mar 21 2013
  • 21 Mar 2013

A Romantic Coin Tale: Hawthorne’s Pine Tree Shilling Story Delights

By Gerald Tebben As part of his “Whole History of Grandfather’s Chair – True Stories from New England History 1620-1808,” the 19th century novelist Nathaniel […]

  • Mar 16 2013
  • 16 Mar 2013

A Curious Kind of Money: The Story of Wampum

By Gerald Tebben Decades—maybe centuries—before the Pilgrims landed at New Plimoth in 1620, temporary “mints” lined the shores of Long Island Sound each winter producing […]

  • Mar 6 2013
  • 6 Mar 2013

Mint Reports Offer Insights into More than Coinage

By Gerald Tebben The United States Mint’s production facilities are gigantic factories with metal planchets and planchet-strip materials coming in by the truckload and finished […]