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07 Dec 2021

Holiday Double Feature: The Christmas Truce & St. Nicholas Bank Notes

The Christmas Truce As Christmas 1914 approached, it was becoming clear to many soldiers that the war was not going to end soon. Front line troops were increasingly disillusioned with the horror and pointlessness of the fighting and were homesick — they had been promised a short war. American newspapers, taking a neutral stance, suggested that the.

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17 Nov 2021

Seven Tips for Buying Coins and Currency

Coin collecting is popular for many reasons: they are fascinating pieces of history that can be held in one's hand; real-life treasures to be sought after and found; tokens of memories and good times past; potential financial investments and more. Unfortunately, there are occasional pitfalls, simple mistakes and scams collectors might fall prey to. To.

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02 Nov 2021

Coin Collecting: Investor vs Collector

In general, there are two primary types of coin collectors: investors and collectors. This statement is not meant to imply that there are those who do not enjoy both aspects of the hobby, and any collection may be considered an investment. But there are a few differences between collecting principally as a hobby, and purchasing coins chiefly as an.

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14 Oct 2021

Four Popular Misconceptions About Coin Collecting

Most people are generally aware that coin collecting exists as a hobby, but there are a number of misleading misconceptions surrounding this centuries-old avocation. These misconceptions are perhaps driven by a lack of inclusion in mainstream media, or the daunting moniker declaring the pastime the “hobby of kings.” Whatever the reason, a few.

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30 Sep 2021

The Notes of George Cruikshank

A famous satirical bank note lampoons the Bank of England.

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16 Sep 2021

Storing Your Coin Collection

Whether your concern is safety, appearance or expense, there are storage options for every numismatist.

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27 Aug 2021

None the Worse for Wear

Though not as pretty as their unblemished counterparts, circulated coins connect us through their everyday use.

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05 Aug 2021

5 Key Factors That Influence Coin Values

When you’re new to the world of coin collecting and numismatics, it’s important to understand how collectible coins are assigned values. You may find two pieces that appear to be nearly identical but have a $1,000 difference in price. The truth is that there are a variety of factors that impact coin values — some fairly obvious, and others less so. For.

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30 Jul 2021

The Quest

In numismatics, as in life, it’s wise to follow the Fugio Cent’s advice —“mind your business” because “time flies.”

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15 Jul 2021

Diverse Denominations

In the modern era, Americans have become accustomed to a monetary system with only four circulating coins.  But the familiar penny, nickel, dime, and quarter actually represent a historic low in denominational diversity.

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