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Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • What does Robert Woolley have to do with the American Silver Eagle?

    Robert woolley

    Robert W. Woolley did a great service to the American Silver Eagle when he took over as Mint director in 1915. He misinterpreted mint law [1]. He was of the belief that coin designs need to be updated every 25 years, by law. This gave us the most beautiful ‘Walking Liberty’ design for the Silver Eagle. Continue reading

  • U.S. Quarter, the 2 pieces of 8!

    Journey of the US quarter

    “Arrgh… By all that is good and great…hand-over yer pieces of eight”

    Sea-faring folks in the 16th century would have quaked in their boots to hear this. But we 21st century ‘bilge rats’ (read ignorant) would probably shrug and go back to our ‘candy crush saga’ or our iPhones.  But that is a sure fire way to get ‘the end of a cut-lass’, as in pirate parlance ‘pieces of eight’ actually meant ‘a lot of money’. More precisely, ‘a lot of quarters’! Continue reading

  • Coin grading – The art behind the science!

    what is coin grading

    Coin grading has long been a subjective science. To be very truthful, it is more of an art than a science. There are many grading systems out there in the market, that determine the condition of a coin. But what really decides a coins value? Is Coin grading the final authority in     deciding the value of a coin? By the end of this post, we hope to get you an answer to that. Continue reading

  • How a bison called ‘Black diamond’ became the model for the American Buffalo coin

    American Gold buffalo

    James Earle Fraser would never have imagined that his 1913 Buffalo nickel design would one day adorn one of the most beautiful authentic American coins ever, the American Buffalo coin or simply the Gold Buffalo in 2006. It was the first ever 24-karat bullion coin offered by the U.S. mint with a face value of $50 for the public. [1] Continue reading

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