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Is there a fortune hiding in your change jar?

May 15, 2017 in Blogs, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Dimes, Education, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Pennies, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Tegna Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Many people probably have a jar, bucket or piggy bank where they keep all the change they’ve acquired over the years. Sometimes we collect it just to get it out of our wallets. Other times we do it to save up for a large purchase. Often, though, we don’t pay much attention to which coins make it into our change banks, meaning you probably don’t know if you have some truly valuable coins hiding inside. Before you lose that jar in your next move or convert it all to cash at your nearest bank, be sure to sift through it… Full article at the source>

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Coin Collecting Terminology Explained

March 15, 2017 in Blogs, Circulating Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Reference

By: Tegna Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Those who are interested in taking up the exciting hobby of coin collecting may become a bit confused about some of the terminology used in the industry. While each collector’s tastes and unique interests vary, there are a few basic coin collecting terms that are helpful to become familiar with.

What Is the Difference Between Circulated and Uncirculated Coins?

A circulated coin is one that is produced for everyday transactions by the United States Mint. Once a coin enters circulation, it becomes classified as “circulated.” All coins start out as uncirculated when they are struck at the mint, and they stay uncirculated… Full article at the source>

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A brief history of silver certificates

February 16, 2017 in Blogs, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, U.S. Notes

By: Tegna Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

United States Silver Certificate

Forms of currency come and go throughout the histories of nations around the world, from the Franc to the Euro, and from simple gold pieces to the standard silver coin. The U.S. is a relatively young nation (240 years old) but its currencies have changed several times since its founding. One currency lost to antiquity is the Silver Certificate, which began circulation in 1878.

A Brief History of the Silver Certificate

The Silver Certificate was created in response to silver agitation (demonetized silver) by American citizens upset with the Fourth Coinage Act of 1873, which aimed to end bimetal currency by implementing… Full article at the source>

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5 “Must Have” Books for all coin collectors

December 6, 2016 in Blogs, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Fun, Grading, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, Reference, USA Coins

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Coin collecting can be very daunting at times, but the authors of these books have given numismatists the knowledge they need to guide themselves through the world of coins. Making sure to include as much information as possible in these excellent reference books, collectors and coin enthusiasts can feel more at ease when completing their next purchase.

The Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting

This must have book is an informative guide teaching every newcomer what they need to know. From collecting supplies, how to identify a fake… Full article at the source>

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Five of the rarest coins you could possibly come across

November 22, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Reference, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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For its short length in history, the United States has an extensive list of currency. Many of which are thought to be lost forever after being ordered to be destroyed due to a depression or plans of being replaced with an entirely new design. Their scarcity sparked beliefs of fable until collectors began coming forward with authentic coins verifying their place in history.

The 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar – $10 Million

Now considered the highest valued coin in history, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar was struck only in 1794 and 1795. Many collectors refer to it as much… Full article at the source>

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Paper vs Coin: In the Numismatic World, What is the difference?

November 7, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Money, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Paper Money, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Old Russian money and coins

To those who are unfamiliar, coin collecting and paper money collecting may seem as though they are one in the same but what they don’t know is they are more different than they could imagine.

The premise is similar in the sense that one has embarked on a mission to collect as much historical currency as humanly possible. The difference, beyond the obvious physical state, is quite extensive but yet simple when observing these primary differences:

  • Comparatively, paper currency is easier to store than coins as it requires less space.
  • There are a greater number of coins available in the world… Full article at the source>

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7 Tips for surviving your first coin show

October 25, 2016 in Blogs, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, Fun, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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A coin show is a collectors’ dream but can also be overwhelming for a newcomer. To make the most of your time spent at these fun-filled events, here are a few things to know before becoming that kid lost at Disneyland.

  1. Wear proper shoes

No one likes getting caught in the rain without rain boots so be sure to wear the appropriate shoes when attending a coin show. Heels, brand new dress shoes, and sandals are not advised since the flooring in these venues tends to be exposed concrete, typical of what you would find at any… Full article at the source>

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Five of the most famous coin collectors in history

September 26, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Fun, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Celebrities, like every other person, have their hobbies and interests. Some collect antique linen; others collect baseball cards; there are even some who enjoy basking in their odd collection of insects. Whatever their chosen collectible, it opens the doorway for common ground in terms of shared interest. This time around, the celebrities making this list considered themselves to be somewhat of numismatists, investing years of time and energy, along with a pretty penny, to build their collection of coins.

Here are five of the most famous celebrity coin collectors… Full article at the source>

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As Rio prepares for the Olympics, the Athletes prepare for the medals

August 2, 2016 in Blogs, Bronze, Collecting, Commemorative, Competition, Education, Entertainment, Gold, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Adobe Rio 2016

Embracing their dedication to sustainability, The Brazilian Mint has constructed the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics medals with recycled materials.

The gold, silver, and bronze medals will each contain 30% melted down and recycled metals from the area. For the coveted gold medal, the strictest of guidelines were followed for their creation. The recycled materials extracted were done so without the use of mercury, and the remaining 70% carefully mined under heavy supervision.

Sculptors and design teams have shown great care and dedication while creating the intricate details displayed on this year’s summer Olympic… Full article at the source>

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WAMPUM – The Original Currency

July 22, 2016 in Blogs, Collecting, Currency, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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When Europeans began traveling in masses to the New World during the 17thcentury, many arrived with little more than the clothes on their backs. Having spent virtually every last bit of available worth for the trip across the pond, the new settlers began searching for the means to trade, barter and purchase necessities for survival.

The pre-existing inhabitants of the land would prove to be well-versed in obtaining many of the primary provisions needed for everyday life. Thus began a trading relationship that would evolve into currency exchange, but not in the manner of which we may think by today’s standards.

Wampum… Full article at the source>

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The Brazilian Mint to help produce 2016 Olympic Medals partially constructed of recycled products

June 17, 2016 in Blogs, Bronze, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, Gold, History, Medals, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Rio-Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics are just around the corner, and Rio de Janeiro has been busy getting ready for the grand event. Making sure to not overlook a single detail, the Rio design team has developed a set of gold, silver, and bronze medals, as well as participation medals, which beautifully illustrate Brazil’s dedicated to sustainability by constructing the said medals from recycled electronic equipment.

Working exclusively with the Brazilian Mint, the Rio 2016 design team has commissioned the establishment to produce over 75,000 participation medals and 5,000 award medals.

“The medals are one of the most important symbols… Full article at the source>

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The Educational Series is considered to be the most beautiful currency ever created by the United States

May 16, 2016 in Art, Blogs, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Collecting, Education, History, Money, Numismatica, Numismatics, Paper Money

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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In 1896, the United States released the Educational Series, an artistically inclined series of currency depicting three allegorical motifs that would become some of the most highly revered notes ever produced by our government.

For years, the silver certificate was a dull rendition of black ink featured on the obverse and green on the back but by the 1890’s, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing agreed it was time to revamp the appearance of the silver certificates. The BEP then commissioned designers known for their allegorical murals to create the artwork for each denomination. Of the 15-20 artists hired for… Full article at the source>

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The Lincoln cent 1959 – 2016

April 25, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

1959 Proof Penny

Starting in 1959, The Mint starting stamping the back of the penny with the image of the Lincoln Memorial. The year 1959 was the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. From 1959–1962 the penny was made up of 95% copper, 5% tin and zinc. However, from 1962–1982, the composition of the penny was changed by removing the tin, making the penny 95% copper and 5% zinc. They all would weigh in at 3.11 grams. The pennies made from 1982 to present, weigh 2.5 grams and are made up of 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper, most of which is a pure… Full article at the source>

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The Lincoln Cent

February 5, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, Entertainment, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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The Lincoln cent, or most commonly called “penny”, started production in 1909. They have President Abraham Lincoln on the front which is where the name “Lincoln Cent” comes from. Starting with the first year of 1909 the penny has wheat ears on the back and is commonly called a “Wheat Back Penny”. They are made of bronze, which consists of 95% copper and 5% tin.

In 1909, there were pennies that were struck in San Francisco and Philadelphia that had the designer’s initials on the back of the penny at the bottom that read “V.D.B”, which stood for “Victor David Brenner”.

The… Full article at the source>

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The Fool Who Spent 1925 Fort Vancouver Half-Dollars at Face Value

September 12, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Half Dollars, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Silver 50c Commemorative

In 1926, Governor Charles Sale of the Hudson’s Bay Company purchased 1,000 recently issued Fort Vancouver half-dollar commemorative coins. The coins were later moved for safekeeping to the Provincial Archives Building in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In 1982, a janitor working there came down with a case of sticky fingers. But he had no idea how valuable the coins actually were.

Issued in 1925, these commemorative coins honored the centennial of Fort Vancouver’s founding and its role in developing the Northwest. The Hudson’s Bay Company helped found Fort Vancouver, thus the sentimental attachment to the coin. While the design was first created… Full article at the source>

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Should “In God We Trust” Still Be Used On U.S. Currency?

August 29, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Currency, Education, History, Money, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Government, USA Coins

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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“In God We Trust.” Regardless of your religious beliefs, this motto is in your home and quite possibly in your pocket right now. These four words have appeared on U.S. money since 1864, when the motto was first engraved on the two-cent coin. But how and why was the phrase added?

Origins of the Motto

Interestingly, the motto “In God We Trust” originated not as part of the 1864 Coinage Act, but in response to an impassioned letter that Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase received from a Pennsylvania reverend named M.R. Watkinson in 1861. The reverend’s letter argued, among other things, that… Full article at the source>

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The Doomed Spanish Treasure Fleet of 1715

August 22, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, Spanish Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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With a slight breeze riffling the water, twelve ships set sail from Havana. Eleven were bound for Spain, loaded with gold and silver. Among them were the flagship Capitana and Urca de Lima. The twelfth ship was the Griffon, a French merchant vessel that had been detained in port. Afraid that word would leak of the treasure they were carrying—making the Spanish fleet easy prey for pirates—the Spaniards brought the Griffon with them.

It was a calm and sunny day on July 24th, 1715. The fleet sailed for the Gulf Stream, avoiding Florida’s coastal reefs. Five days on, the weather turned. Full article at the source>

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Coins That Shined at the ANA World’s Fair of Money

August 15, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Blogs, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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2015 World's Fair

It’s impossible to overstate how important money is to people all around the world. It buys food, clothing, shelter, entertainment and much, much more. But for rare coin and currency aficionados, money is sometimes used to buy rare money! One of the world’s largest stages for coins and currency is the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, which attracts enthusiasts from all over the world.

The following is a list of some of the exceptional pieces that were on display and auctioned off at the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago…Full article at the source>

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens: American Coin Sculptor

August 8, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins

By: libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Augustus Saint Gaudens

Coin enthusiasts far and wide appreciate the groundbreaking design of the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. This Beaux-Arts wonder was meant to bring U.S. currency into the twentieth century, and its beauty remains unmatched. The story of the man behind the gold coin is equally impressive, though not as well known.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens was born in Dublin, Ireland, but left the country as an infant when his family fled the Great Famine of the 1840s. After arriving at Ellis Island in 1848, the Saint-Gaudens family settled in New York City. Augustus’ father, a Frenchman by birth, decided that his son should begin to… Full article at the source>

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No One Knows the Secrets of Gold Spirals Found in Denmark

July 19, 2015 in Anthropology, Archaeology, Blogs, Gold, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Treasure, Treasure Hunting

By: Nick Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Thousands of mysterious gold spirals have been found in Zealand, Denmark. A little while back, a team of archeologists found four Bronze Age gold bracelets there. The archeologists thought they were done, so they handed the site over to amateur archaeologist Christian Albertsen. But Albertsen believed there was more to be discovered. And he was right. There was a lot more.

All in all, Albertsen located around 2,000 gold spirals. The hoard weighed in at between 200 and 300 grams. Experts believe the spirals are from between 900 and 700 B.C. during the Bronze Age. While the date and size of… Full article at the source>

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Ancient Roman Treasure Found on Irish Beach

June 27, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Gold, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Roman Coins, Silver

By: Nick (Liberty Coin and Currency Blog)

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It’s officially beach season. So get your swim trunks, towel, sunblock, and… metal detector? Well, the metal detector may not be absolutely necessary, but it’s not a bad idea if you want to find some buried treasure. Irish retiree Brian Murray brought along his metal detector on his trip to the beach, and it paid off big time.

Murray discovered two extravagant Roman gold rings, and a silver belt buckle along the shores of Dundrum Bay in Murlough, an area in Northern Ireland famed for its natural beauty. “I was actually collecting militaria on the shores of Murlough — it was Full article at the source>

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Pirate’s Treasure Found Off the Coast of Madagascar

June 3, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Treasure, Treasure Hunting

By: Nick Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Sometime in the late 1600s, pirate William Kidd was sailing his ship, the Adventure Galley, off the island of Sainte Marie, which lies east of what is now Madagascar. The Adventure Galley sank in shallow waters, under unknown circumstances. Legend has it that the ship was full of treasure. But it was just a legend — until now.

Recently, explorer Barry Clifford found a large silver bar in the shallow waters off the coast of Sainte Marie. Though not confirmed, the bar is thought to be from the Adventure Galley‘s wreckage. Clifford’s team believes the 110-pound bar, stamped with the letters… Full article at the source>

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An 1860 Cruise Ship Full of Treasure to be Salvaged

May 31, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

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In the fall of 1860, disaster struck the S.S. Connaught on its second voyage ever. On the last-leg of its route from Galway, Ireland to Boston, Massachusetts, the ship sprung a leak. The crew scrambled to stop the leak, and managed to stop it before the ship sank. Just then, a raging fire broke out. […] Full article at the source>

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Polish Forest Ranger Finds 6,000 Silver Coins

May 11, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

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Centuries ago someone in what is now Poland amassed quite a collection of silver coins. For some unknown reason, the owner of this massive hoard of silver coins decided to hide them in two pots deep in the forest. Whoever hid the coins did an exceptional job, because no one found them — until now. […] Full article at the source>

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Six Silver Medals to Honor Earth Day

April 19, 2015 in Blogs, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals

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Earth Day is coming and one fun way to bring awareness to environmental issues is by collecting the World Wildlife Fund’s silver medal set. Issued by the Royal Mint in honor of the WWF’s 50th anniversary in 2011, this set features six animals the organization protects. A famous quote from the WWF founder is broken […] Full article at the source>

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