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The origins of coinage

In order to find out when and where coins originated, one must look back to Lydia, an Ancient Greek kingdom in Asia Minor, during the seventh century BCE. It is not surprising that the Greeks invented coinage; they were also the creators of democracy, modern philosophy and many other things that influence our culture today. However, without their invention of coinage, our world today may have been very different.
Written by Will Schrepferman at 00:00
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Hey YNs, here’s a sweet deal you can’t pass up

Young Numismatists have a great opportunity to win themselves two silver half-dollars and give a friend the gift of membership in the ANA.
Written by American Numismatic Association staff at 00:00

YN Wins Kids Baseball Challenge Design Contest

At noon, October 31, the U.S. Mint announced its winners of the Kids Baseball Challenge Design Contest. Walter J. G. Waholek, a 14-year-old ANA Young Numismatist from Mayfair in Northeast Philadelphia, was notified directly by phone by the Deputy Director of the U.S. Mint, Richard A. Peterson, from his office in Washington D.C. that he was the grand prize winner in the Mint’s Baseball Hall of Fame "Kids batter up challenge Design contest."
Written by American Numismatic Association staff at 00:00

The Coins of Alexander

Alexander the Great, son of Philip II, king of Macedon, was one of the most successful generals in all of history. Undefeated in battle, Alexander spread his empire across Persia, Asia Minor, Egypt and Syria. In conquering these areas, Alexander created Hellenistic culture, blending Asian and European lifestyles. Throughout his empire, the young conqueror issued distinct bronze, silver and gold coins.
Written by Will Schrepferman at 00:00

Fear of Counterfeits

In this day and age, most collectors have heard about the important issue of counterfeit coins. While in the numismatic world we are concerned about fake collectible pieces, there are several countries battling the issue of contemporary counterfeits. This problem is not likely to end soon. Should we be scared out of our wits? Will all coins and currency be counterfeit soon? In short, I believe the answer is no, but let me explain why.
Written by Erik Elbieh at 04:00

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