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Coins, Currency, Stamps, and Neighbors
  • Feb 28 2019
  • 28 Feb 2019

Coins, Currency, Stamps, and Neighbors

There are coins, currency, stamps, and medals everywhere if you know where to look. Chances are great that they are all right in your own […]

Collecting Credit Cards Has Extraordinary Interest
  • Jul 26 2018
  • 26 Jul 2018

Collecting Credit Cards Has Extraordinary Interest

A credit card is money you wish you had. Now, it’s possible your old credit cards might pay you back with interest – as a […]

My Recent Buy:  Macerated Currency
  • Jun 4 2018
  • 4 Jun 2018

My Recent Buy: Macerated Currency

“My Recent Buy” will be a regular feature in The Insider. What did you buy recently that brings a smile to your face? Share the […]

  • May 10 2018
  • 10 May 2018

Loose Change: Profiting from Coin Minting Errors

We regularly read about “average Joes” who find coins worth a small fortune in their change jars, dresser drawers, and pockets; for instance, the 1983 […]

  • Aug 9 2017
  • 9 Aug 2017

When is a Coin not Really a Coin?

When is a Coin Not Legal Tender?  When It’s a Token. Presented below are three different varieties of definitely not legal tokens intended for commercial […]

  • Oct 25 2016
  • 25 Oct 2016

Collecting the Royals: Kings, Queens and Pretenders to the Throne

His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX of Thailand recently passed away after 70 years on the throne, the longest serving contemporary monarch. Quite beloved at […]

  • Sep 6 2016
  • 6 Sep 2016

Size Matters: Three of the World’s Biggest Coins

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. […]

  • Aug 19 2016
  • 19 Aug 2016

Tavern Tokens Proliferated in Tumultuous 17th-Century London

When I was in high school more than 40 years ago, English classes consisted of reading short stories, Shakespeare and excerpts from larger works. One […]

  • Aug 15 2016
  • 15 Aug 2016

The Columbus Mint That Never Was

You won’t find any 1877-C gold $10 eagles in any collection, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. This is a tale about a U.S. […]

  • Aug 2 2016
  • 2 Aug 2016

Avoiding a Razing: Maryland Town Pays Ransom to Rebel Troops

By Gerald Tebben The citizens of Hagerstown, Md., knew no good would come from the column of 1,500 Confederate cavalry that rode into town early […]