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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]