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30 Jun 2020

American Icons

It happened so gradually that it may not be immediately noticeable, but today’s American coin designs are symbolically quite different from their predecessors. It used to be a good bet that a circulating coin would have a portrayal of Liberty on the obverse, and a rendering of an eagle on the reverse. But these days, allegories of Liberty and images of.

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18 Jun 2020

Abstractions of Value

Originally published in The Numismatist, September 2014

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08 Jun 2020

On the Verge of Change: 1848-55

Originally published in The Numismatist, April 2013

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28 May 2020

George Washington: Gallant Revolutionary

Originally published in The Numismatist, February 2018

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12 May 2020

De Soto Where? An Attribution Mystery

Originally published in The Numismatist, October 2016

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21 Apr 2020

The Brilliant & Corrupt Franklin Peale

Originally published in The Numismatist, October 2015

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03 Jan 2019

Odd Denominations of U.S. Currency

The American monetary system has been evolving for more than two centuries, with some interesting twists and turns along the way. Did you know that in addition to the familiar cent and nickel, at one time or another five additional coins circulated with a value of five cents or less? Or that for a short time in the 19th century, Americans had the.

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