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Buffalo Nickels

In 1913 the buffalo nickel (Indian head nickel), designed by James Earle Fraser (student of Augustus Saint-Gaudens), was put into circulation. The design for the coin had an Indian's bust on the obverse, or heads side. It is believed to have been a portrait of three different Native Americans put together into one portrait. On the reverse, or tails side, there is a portrait of a buffalo, who is supposedly Black Diamond from the Central Park Zoo.
Written by Eric Niedzielski at 00:00

The most beautiful coin

Have you ever seen a Saint-Gaudens double eagle? If you have, you might consider it “The Most Beautiful Coin Ever.” In 1904 Augustus Saint-Gaudens started designing the coin, but because it was in high relief it was harder to sculpt the press for production and to strike the coin.
Written by Eric Niedzielski at 00:00

YN raises money for Shrewsbury Fire Co.

Robert Beihl a 6th grade student at S.E.M.S. West in Pennsylvania is a member of the ANA (3172678) with his own table at the Shrewsbury Coin Show. During the November 17th Show held at the Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Co., Robert sold several Whitman books on United States Paper Money, Morgan Silver Dollars and The Official Red Book. Proceeds from the local dealer tables help benefit the Shrewsbury Fire Co.
Written by Fred Beihl at 00:00

YN invited to display coin exhibit at the TCA Atlantic Division fall toy train meet

YN Walter J. G. Waholek created, presented a display and did a talk on transit tokens last spring. The exhibit included an operating Lionel Trolley and many traction models with historical traction artifacts along with exonumia. The display and talk is centered on the Philadelphia transit system from its infancy to present day.
Written by Walter J. G. Waholek at 00:00

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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