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Monday December 16, 2013
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.
Tuesday December 10, 2013
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!)
Tuesday December 10, 2013
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.
Thursday December 5, 2013
The recent winter storm that hit Colorado Springs has led to several closures around the city. For the safety of our employees, ANA Headquarters and the Money Museum will be closed today.
Tuesday December 3, 2013
The ANA Region 4 Newsletter recaps all the exciting events and occurrences of Region 4 Clubs during November and gives readers a heads up on what's coming in December.