Tag: Numismatic History

What Gives a Rare Coin Its Significance?

What Gives a Rare Coin Its Significance?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com “They’re just pieces of metal,” Elvira Clain-Stefanelli, the late Curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian, once told me as she showed me a tray containing major U.S. rarities, like a 1913 Liberty nickel and an 1804 silver dollar, among others. I had trouble understanding her […]

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part I: an Overview

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part I: an Overview

by Louis Golino The Morgan silver dollar, minted between 1878 and 1921, has no real peer in the numismatic world. It is by far the most widely collected and traded numismatic coin in the world. Attend any coin show and you will quickly see that slabbed and raw Morgan dollars are everywhere. Look through the […]

Collecting Three Cent Nickels

Collecting Three Cent Nickels

News and Analysis of scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #53 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds More than twenty years ago, there was a rage for Three Cent Nickels. During the rare coin boom from 2002 to 2008, however, hardly anyone mentioned Three Cent Nickels. Sure, many Three Cent Nickels quietly increased in value […]

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 […]

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