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.
Originally published in The Numismatist, April 2013
Originally published in The Numismatist, February 2018
Originally published in The Numismatist, October 2015
Collecting U.S. coins is a popular numismatic pursuit, but deciding exactly how to collect them is not necessarily an easy task. Our nation's rich history and the eclectic artistry of its coinage have inspired many different approaches to collecting, with each option having a distinctive appeal.
Originally published in The Numismatist, Nov. 2003
Numismatics is a world where people will pay millions of dollars for a nickel or a silver dollar. It may not make much sense to those outside our world, but we understand that these small pieces of metal are actually pieces of history. The fascinating stories behind the most expensive coins ever sold demonstrate that that’s what we really value – the.
Originally printed in The Numismatist
Every New Year brings reflections and resolutions, but the arrival of a year ending in “0” is especially noteworthy. Decades are natural markers of experience – long enough to have distinct identities, but brief enough to have meaning on a human scale. If the 2020s will be your first full decade as a coin collector, or if you’d just like a capsule.
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.