• 3
    Apr

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 throne. The French and Indian War, the mid-18th century struggle that was all but overshadowed by the American Revolution, was a topsy-turvy fight that left a significant mark on American […]

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  • 1
    Apr

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 on the obverse? Here’s a hint: It’s not the Morgan dollar, which has a tiny “m” for U.S. Mint Engraver George Morgan at the base of the bust on the […]

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  • 28
    Mar

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 them, left behind by earlier residents who had been forced to leave. “Lepers were being rounded up throughout the Philippines, arrested, and sent to Culion,” Nestor Lisboas, son of Culion […]

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  • 22
    Mar

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 first auction ever conducted in Hong Kong by Archives International Auctions, a firm based in Fort Lee, N.J. The banknote was the top lot in an auction that saw 609 […]

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  • 12
    Mar

Pre-War Ethiopian Coins: Lions, Thalers and Birrs, Oh My!

By Gerald Tebben Money in Ethiopia before the First World War was a complicated affair. But bullets, as might be expected, could always be counted upon to cut through the confusion in marketplaces from Himora, in the cotton country north of Lake T’ana, to Werden in the Ogaden Desert. Tracing its independence to biblical antiquity—when […]

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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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