Numismatic History

Through the Numismatic Glass: Two Cents Worth

Through the Numismatic Glass: Two Cents Worth

by Dr. Thomas F. Fitzgerald – The California Numismatist Almost 60 years had passed since the two-cent piece was first proposed by a Senator in 1806. In 1864 this denomination finally became a reality during the coinage problems as a result of the Civil War. The two-cent coins then had a very short lifetime of […]

A Gold Coin Treasure in San Pedro Bay? – or – Just Another Tale of Wells Fargo?

A Gold Coin Treasure in San Pedro Bay? – or – Just Another Tale of Wells Fargo?

by Walt Ostromecki, NLG – The California Numismatist Forward According to early Southern California lore and legend, there lies a fortune in gold ore, bars and coins still buried deep in the cold murky mud on the ocean bottom of the San Pedro Bay. Much of that gold ore came from the booming mines located […]

My Mentors in Numismatics

My Mentors in Numismatics

by Bill Febuary – The California Numismatist Over the years I have known some pretty influential people in the “World of Numismatics.” I want to relate how each one of these individuals directed my way of thinking about how I collect numismatic materials. Art Kagin It all started when my family and I traveled to […]

America’s First Bank Robbery

America’s First Bank Robbery

by Cole Schenewerk – The California Numismatist The yellow fever outbreak of summer 1798 was the worst in Philadelphia’s history. Over 5,000 residents were infected, and nearly 1,300 died, causing even President Washington to flee. While yellow fever swept the city, hot heads prevailed when a huge sum of money went missing from the vaults […]

Video Coin News: Martin Logies talks about the 1792 half disme

Video Coin News: Martin Logies talks about the 1792 half disme

Martin Logies Director, Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation talks about the 1792 half disme in the collection, its numismatic significance, and how the early coins of America were struck. [Runtime 6:34] The player will show in this paragraph From CoinWeek Coin Guide – 1792 Half Disme Throughout the broad range of U.S. coinage from 1792 to […]

By February 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Extraordinary Legend of the French Angel Coin

The Extraordinary Legend of the French Angel Coin

By Gainesville Coins In addition to its outstanding beauty and value, the French Angel Coin brings a bit of mystery and magic to the world of numismatics. The coin’s designer, Augustine Dupré, claimed that the coin’s angel image served as a protective force, and the French Angel came to gain world renown as an emblem […]

By February 3, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Dancing with the Universe –  The Infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates Coins

Dancing with the Universe – The Infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates Coins

From Wayne Sayles Blog Ancient Coin Collecting, With kind permission of John Hooker I’m sure that most are quite familiar with the infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates coins. As the link here describes, it was a badly mishandled discovery which became a major impetus for the new Treasure Act to replace the old treasure trove […]

By February 3, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
100 Troy Ounce Gold Nugget from California’s Mother Lode on Showcase!!

100 Troy Ounce Gold Nugget from California’s Mother Lode on Showcase!!

The LARGEST CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH NUGGET left in existence, the 100 troy ounce gold nugget discovered last year in Nevada County, California, will be on Showcase in multiple venues prior to the Holabird-Kagin Americana Auction this March in Sacramento. Reno, Nevada, January 14th, 2011 – Named the “Washington Nugget” because the nugget was discovered near […]

By January 17, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Finding Numismatic History in Unlikely Places

Finding Numismatic History in Unlikely Places

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities Ezra Meeker – Champion of the Oregon Trail Over the summer months our numismatic travels took us to great historical cities like Boston and Philadelphia. And this week we travel to Baltimore, another city rich in early Americana. Of course, across the nation there are local historical sites and, more […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
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