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The Little-Known Story of the “Fort Knox of Silver”

On Saturday, May 23rd, the newest group of cadets graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The school is the only one in the country that is also home to a U.S. Mint. But the West Point Mint’s proximity to a prestigious military academy isn’t the only thing that makes it special…

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The Surprising Reason We Give Coins on Easter

Easter is full of strange traditions. From egg-laying bunnies, to the ever-changing date, many Easter traditions are a bit puzzling. So year after year, chocolate coins and real coins are stashed in Easter eggs and little thought is given as to why this is. And like many traditions, finding out exactly where it came from…

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Little-Known Abraham Lincoln Currency

February 12th marks 206 years since Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in Kentucky. It’s hard to fathom how the world has changed since then. To this day, Lincoln remains the most popular president on currency, with both the Lincoln Cent and the $5 bill bearing his likeness. But aside from the Lincoln…

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Little-Known Facts About the Super Bowl Coin Toss

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here. This weekend, the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots in Arizona. And what’s the very first thing done on the football field? A coin is tossed, and a team picks heads or tails. If you love football, and you love coins, then the Super Bowl coin toss…

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$1.5 Million Silver Coin Hoard Found in England

Last month on Sunday, December 21st, many of us were going to holiday parties or baking cookies. But not the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club. They went out hunting for treasure with their metal detectors. One member, Paul Coleman, almost didn’t go, because the cost of gas was straining his budget. In fact, he had to…

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For Success in the New Year, Ring It in with Coins

The New Year is the time of year that many of us make resolutions to better ourselves. A lot of those resolutions have to do with money, mainly regarding how to get — and keep — more money. So perhaps it’s no surprise that cultures around the globe ring in the New Year with coins….

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Top Ten Terrific Bullion Coins of 2014

The year is coming to a close, and 2015 is right around the corner. Everybody in the coin world is already talking about next year’s hot releases. But before we move on, let’s reminisce about some of the best coins from this past year. Whether you love sports, superheroes, or animals, there’s something for everyone…

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Six Coins That Broke World Records

Have you ever wondered about the world’s biggest coin? What about the most valuable coin? Well, wonder no more. Here’s a list of the world’s record-breaking coins, from small to large, and everything in between. Smallest Coin The matter of the world’s smallest coin is hotly disputed. Some numismatic experts in India claim that the…

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Wedding Coin Traditions from Around the World

“Something old and something new, something borrowed and something blue.” It’s a saying referenced in English folklore from as far back as the 1800s. Most of us have heard the familiar rhyme, which brides are supposed to heed on their wedding day. But that’s not the end of the saying. The original version finishes with…

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The New Orleans Mint

This is the second article in a series on United States Mints. During the 1830s the U.S. was in the midst of a swift expansion. As explorers and settlers pushed further South and West, infrastructure was needed. Amongst the missing amenities in these new regions, was a facility to produce currency. Even though the Philadelphia…

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How the Peace Dollar Won WWI

Europe was mired in the middle of World War I. Germany was spreading rumors that Britain couldn’t back their currency. These rumors triggered turmoil in India, a British colony at the time. Whether it was true or not was not important. People panicked. Only bold action from the United States could protect one of its…

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