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Learning from History using Numismatics

August 18, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Events, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

One of the most popular aphorisms was written by philosopher and essayist George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Although it was one line in Volume 1 of his five volume The Life of Reason, the statement is so profound that it stands out as a seminal statement. Events this past week in Charlottesville, Virginia are forcing us to heed Santayana’s warning and look at our history to understand how we got here and why. Regardless of how anyone feels about the issues behind the divisions we cannot condone the use of violence to try to force opinions on others. This is what was tried in the past, which is why we have to learn from it because it seems to repeat itself time and again.[…]

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Source: Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

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Hungary: Esteemed Hungarian composer featured on new silver coin

June 30, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Cupro-Nickel Coins, Design, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

The National Bank of Hungary have issued (24th June) a new coin which pays tribute to one of the country’s most respected and esteemed music composers, who is also remembered as a folk-dance researcher. László Lajtha was born 125 years this month in 1892. His contribution to Hungarian arts and music resulted in a resurgence of Hungarian folk dancing during the decade of the 1970’s.

The coin is produced by the Mint of Hungary at their facilities in Budapest on behalf of the National Bank. The obverse of the coin is designed by Andrea Horváth and depicts a couple folk dancing… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The World of Non-Circulating Legal Tender Coins

February 17, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The numismatic world has recently seen a plethora of coin issues commemorating anything from bumblebees to volcanoes, and just about anything else you can imagine. These coins are known as NCLT issues, an abbreviation that stands for “Non-Circulating Legal Tender.” While many commemoratives can be considered part of this category, here we specifically mean modern coins that have been issued on a large scale during the past decade or so.

This “boom” in NCLT coins started relatively recently, and, while it’s hard to pinpoint in exact date (commemorative coins have been issued for centuries in many countries around the world), it… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The L. Clark Gould Collection of Toned Classic Commemoratives and Morgan Dollars

April 28, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: (Leo Frese) www.leofresecoins.com

It is with great pleasure I announce the consignment by Mr. Gould of his colorful collections. Although there are a number of offerings that are not toned, the majority of the coins have colors that will appeal to the collector of totally original coins. As the majority of the collection was purchased prior to 2002, there are a large number of solid upgrade coins and coins which will certainly obtain the CAC stickers. Before submitting the coins for regrade, and having them removed from their old PCGS and NGC holders, I will be offering the coins for several weeks here… Full article at the source>

Source: Leo Frese Numismatic Blog

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Twain Would Be Amused

November 20, 2012 in Coins, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

From Coin Collectors Blog (http://coinsblog.ws) November 18th, 2012

Under suspension of the rules, the House of Representatives voted 408-4 to pass H.R. 2453, Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act. The bill has been officially enrolled and sent to the president for his

When the bill becomes law, the Twain commemorative will be in 2016 to sell 100,000 $5 gold coins and 350,000 silver dollars whose designs “shall be emblematic of the life and legacy of Mark Twain.” There will be the usual $35 surcharge for the gold coin and $10 for the silver dollar that will be distributed evenly to:

  1. Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut
  2. University of California, Berkeley for the benefit of the Mark Twain Project at the Bancroft Library
  3. Elmira College, New York, to be used for research and education purposes
  4. Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri

After looking at the list, I could not imagine why Elmira College is on the list until I discovered the Center for Mark Twain Studies. Twain was married in February 1870 to the former Olivia Langdon in Elmira. While Twain and his family lived in Hartford, Connecticut, he summered at Quarry Farm in Elmira, the hole of Susan Crane, Olivia’s sister.

Twain would be amused by the commemorative. While he had a love for science and technology, Twain did not embrace his celebrity as much as some do today. Even after he faced financial troubles from bad investments and the depression from the death of his daughter Susy of meningitis, friends pushed Twain to the lecture circuit. His lectures were humorous bordering on an early form of stand-up comedy full of self-deprecating humor. Part of his talks marveled how people would pay to hear his speak or seek him out for advice.

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