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Dollars for Presidents

Have you heard about it? Starting next year, a series of circulating “golden” dollar coins will begin, eventually featuring all US presidents. Mint director Edmund Moy gushes over them: “These designs are beautiful and so eye-catching that a lot of … Continue reading

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2006 State Quarters

Just to demonstrate sensible Catholics aren’t one-trick-ponies on the hobby side of life, let me give you a preview of what you’ll be seeing on your vending machine fodder this year. The Nevada Quarter is already a favorite of my … Continue reading

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Twenty Cents

For most of US history the easiest way to assemble it was two dimes. But in the mid-1870′s, a curious thing was happening in the West. The Treasury Department put the silver half-dime into retirement in 1873, just seven years … Continue reading

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Grazie!

A CS reader from Rome sent this beautiful 2 Euro coin and a nice letter. I did not know that in 2004 the EU granted its member nations the privilege of minting commemorative coins for circulation (like our American 50 … Continue reading

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Unusual Georgia Gold

Coin collectors know of them, but it’s been well over a century since this denomination was minted. So it’s not surprising it has faded from the American tribal memory. Feast your eyes: A gen-you-wine three dollar gold piece. You might … Continue reading

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Designs on Coins

Among the visitors, I know Dale is a coin collector. He and any other collectors reading might want to check out the web pages of Daniel Carr, a coin designer (New York, Rhode Island, and Maine state quarters). He includes … Continue reading

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JJ’s Numismatic Inspiration?

Keep in mind this is 1916, even before the roaring twenties, much less the 1960′s or the MTV era. So it was rather racy for the new quarter design to feature a Lady Liberty with the shield covering up just … Continue reading

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Small Change

  The US Mint also produced three-cent coins for four decades starting in 1851. Two versions overlapped in production: a very teeny one in silver: If memory serves, this was the first US Mint issue not featuring the goddess of … Continue reading

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My Two Cents’ Worth

Many people don’t know that the US actually minted two-cent coins. They were in production for ten years, ending in 1873.I own six of the series, 1864-68 and ’71. They’ve long been one of my favorite coins: they’re copper, not … Continue reading

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My 2 cents worth

The first Delaware quarter I found in change was a big surprise to me. I hadn’t actively collected coins since high school, and this program: http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/index.cfm?action=50_state_quarters_program flew in completely under my radar. I have trouble finding the Philadelphia minted coins … Continue reading

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Redesigning money

The comments below on Reagan, Grant, the Charter Oak, etc. got me thinking on a topic I have strong opinions about: more suitable subject matter for American money. My suggestion would be to retire the presidents. Beyond that, any artistic … Continue reading

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