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  • Coins celebrating 4th of July

    4th of July

    After nearly 240 years of the 'Declaration of Independence', what do we really look forward to on the 4th of July? Is it the fireworks that light up the night sky across the country? Is it the parades and the barbecues or the baseball games? Or is it just the lure of a long weekend, a day to relax with your partner and kids? It's all such great fun, isn't it?! But amidst all the fun and celebrations, do we also reflect for a moment on the events that made all this possible? The Revolutionary war with the British Empire that gained momentum on the 4th of July 1776, when the Continental Congress came together and signed the 'Declaration of Independence'.

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  • 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters

    America the beautiful quarters

    The 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters are some of the most beautiful coins that have been released this year, with two more to go. In this post, we are looking at the origin of the term 'America the Beautiful' and what each of these 2016 Quarters represent.

    Katherine Lee Bates, an English professor from Wellesley College wrote the poem ‘America the Beautiful’ in 1893. She had been asked to teach a summer school session in Colorado College that year [1] and she travelled nearly 3000 miles by train to reach Colorado. Just imagine how the sights and sounds of a 19th century Nebraska and Colorado would have captured her imagination! The endless plains and grasslands, the untamed land and the beauty of the vast skies compelled her to write what would become one of the most celebrated songs, next only to the Star Spangled banner!

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  • Collecting Historic Bills and Notes

    Collecting historic bills and notes

    Collecting historic bills and notes is a widespread practice across the United States and other countries. But the question is... Why collect paper? After all it isn't any precious metal that has inherent value! It is just green paper (okay… a special green paper! And yes more colors are coming into picture now…but you get the point!) How does it still manage to wield so much power on us? While it doesn’t have any intrinsic value, a $50 bill when dropped on the sidewalk disappears just as easily as if you dropped a gold coin.

    What is this perceived value of a currency note? Is it more than the promise of the signatory in the bill? If you ask any John or James, he may not care who signed his bill but will sure know a counterfeit one from the real one most of the time. How does he do it? From the symbols littered throughout a note, of course!

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  • Reverse Proof Coins

    Reverse Proof Coins

    Proof coins have always been a collector’s favorite. As the highest standards are used while producing Proof coins (more about that here), they come out of the mint struck with designs in bold and sharp detail. But in 2006, the U.S. mint did something different to attract more collectors. It produced a brilliant variation of the Proof coin-the Reverse Proof coin!

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  • All about the 'Wartime' nickel!

    Wartime Silver Nickel

    The ‘Wartime nickel’ honors Thomas Jefferson the 3rd U.S. President and his plantation villa 'Monticello' designed by Jefferson himself. This nickel is also a symbol of the many sacrifices and hardships that Americans had to endure during the Second World War, 200 years after Jefferson's time. This five cent coin released between 1942 and 1945 has Jefferson's profile in the obverse and ‘Monticello’ in the reverse. Interestingly, the Wartime nickel had no Nickel in its composition! It was composed of 56% Copper, 35% Silver and 9% Manganese. That’s why it is also called the ‘Silver nickel’.

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  • 2016 Mercury Dime release – A century in the making!

    2016 Mercury Dime

    The 2016 Mercury Dime was released by the U.S. mint on April 21st last week and it became ‘unavailable’ within an hour. The U.S. mint site says ‘We are currently out of this item, but more may be available later.’  There is a background to all this Mercury Dime frenzy!  Its beautiful Winged Liberty design. The 2016 Mercury Dime is an ode to the 1916 Dime designed by Adolph A. Weinman.

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  • Collecting Morgan Silver Dollars - The Whys and the Hows!

    Morgan dollar bannerFor most inquisitive numismatists, the question ‘How to go about collecting Morgan Silver dollars?’ looms large, as some Morgan dollars are inexpensive ($35-$70), while some sell at the rate of thousands of dollars.  ‘Is it enough if I consider the mintages?’ or ‘What is the grade I should start collecting from?’ These have been answered by different numismatic experts in different guides over a period of time. This post attempts to condense and give an ‘at a glance’ answer to all these questions. But before that, a history of the Morgan dollar is a must to understand this coin.

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  • 2016 Silver coins for sale around the World!

    2016 Silver coins for sale across the world

    Almost all mints of the world release a Silver bullion coin every year. We are so tuned to the American Silver Eagle that it becomes easy to overlook the other beautiful Silver coins for sale around the world. Collectors literally queue up to get these Silver coins that have become the pride of the respective mints. Some of the most interesting Silver coins come from the mint close to us i.e. the Royal Canadian mint while others come from the Royal Mint in England, the Chinese, the Australian Perth, the Austrian and the Munich Mints.

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  • Kennedy Half Dollar - Key Dates to Collect!

    Kennedy Half Dollar

    An entire nation went stand still in horror on November 22nd 1963 after a devastating incident; the assassination of the youngest U.S. president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. JFK as he is popularly called is known for being an impetus for economic growth and prosperity, abolishing death penalty in the District of Colombia, the sanctioning of budget for Apollo 11 mission, and most importantly the end of state-sanctioned racial discrimination which he mentioned ‘…disturbs the national conscience, and subjects us to the charge of world opinion that our democracy is not equal to the high promise of our heritage’. [1]

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  • Nancy Reagan - A life lived to the fullest!

    Nancy Reagan - A life lived to the fullest!

    Anne Frances Robbins, or Nancy Reagan as she is known to us is summed up by most historians as ‘an actress turned first lady’.  It is too unfair and short a eulogy for someone who personified ‘living life to the fullest’. Nancy Reagan was the 40th First Lady. Over the two terms of Reagan’s administration from 1981-89, she brought glamour, élan and formality to the White House after Jackie Kennedy.

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