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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]