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Let the Games Begin- A Brief History of the Numismatics of the Olympic Games

As it gets closer to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, this article talks about some of the history of the Olympic Games as it relates to coins. That would include the coins issued by host nations honoring the event as well as the famous "Lucky Loonie" from the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
Written by John Siteman at 00:00
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Join us at Summer Seminar

Join us as we celebrate the 46th Annual American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar, held on the campus of Colorado College in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, adjacent to ANA headquarters. Each year we ask, how can we improve Summer Seminar? Members responded with valuable information and we take member feedback seriously. Here are some of the things members asked for and what we've done as a result ...
Written by Walter Ostromecki at 00:00

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The History of Pirate Coins

Thanks to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, pirates today are seen as cool, rum drinking, peg legged, romantic scoundrels. In reality, pirates were free men and women who lived lives of autonomy and adventure. They directed their ships where they wished and stayed at tropical islands for as long as they wanted. In a world of rules and regulations, pirates sought independence and freedom from the powers that be. The Golden Age of Piracy reigned between 1650 to 1725, when rules that regulated the life of ordinary people were much stricter than the ones we face today. Back in the 17th and 18th centuries, there was only one way out of a peasant's life of starvation. The dream of unimaginable wealth and freedom was found in a life of piracy.
Written by Gary Dyner at 00:00

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Information sought on 'Story of Money' cards

I am looking for information about a series of tri-fold collector cards, called "The Story of Money." The cards were aimed at young children to teach them about the coins of the European nations. Each color card has information about a specific foreign coin, as well as some images about the nation whence it came. While children were encouraged to collect the cards, they were also encouraged to cut out the image of the coin from the card to have it for play. (Thereby ruining the card for those of us, many years later, who wish to collect them. Alas!)
Written by Steve Woodland at 00:00

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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

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