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02 May 2022

Hobo Nickel Display for National Coin Week

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The Huron Valley Numismatic Society of Highland, MI put a National Coin Week display in the public library in Milford, Michigan. The display featured Hobo Nickels as well as information about them and carving tools and was put together by member Ralph Winter who is the editor of Bo Tales, the monthly journal of the Original Hobo Nickel Society.

29 Apr 2021

Why I Keep a 1973 Iraq Coin in My Collection

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

The coin wasn't big or bold, but the action was. In 1972, the Ba'athist governmentnationalized the oil industry in Iraq. And in 1973, it issued a circulating commemorative coin to venerate the seizure.

12 Apr 2021

National Coin Week Display in Milford, MI

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

Each year, American Numismatic Association (ANA) member club the Huron Valley Numismatic Society (Highland, MI) puts up a small National Coin Week (NCW) display at the public library in Milford, MI. This year's display features the Eisenhower dollar and includes a couple of posters describing the obverse and reverse of the coin, a Harco album with a collection of the big rounds, some NCW promotional items supplied by the ANA (book marks and buttons) and a half dozen books on Ike that staff pulled from the stacks.

29 Mar 2021

CONECA's Big and Bold Idea

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

In 1983, the Collectors of Numismatic Errors (CONE) club and the Numismatic Error Collectors of America (NECA) clubs merged. Unable to easily agree on a name for the combined error coin club, the merged Board of Directors designated it simply the Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America (CONECA).

21 Mar 2021

The Power of Morgan and Peace Dollars

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

As Albert Einstein is famous for theorizing, energy and matter are different forms of the same thing; they're completely interchangeable. And, the amount of energy in anything that has mass (which we'll simply equate with weight) can be calculated by multiplying it by the speed of light squared (E=mc2). So, we can ask: how much power (energy) does a Morgan or Peace dollar have, and what might that mean for you?

13 Mar 2021

Three Ladies Who Liked Ike

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

It was 1969, and Mary Brooks, who had been sworn in as Mint Director in September, wanted to reissue the silver dollar. Thirty-four years had passed since a silver dollar had been released (the 1935 Peace dollar). And, even though Brooks, who had a degree in economics, knew a silver dollar was impractical because bullion prices were rising, it represented fidelity to tradition. And, that was important to Brooks, who ran her family's sheep ranch in Idaho before she entered politics and would later restore the San Francisco Mint.

08 Apr 2020

Angelica Kauffman on the Austria 100 Schilling Banknote

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

The schilling was the currency of Austria from 1928 to 1938 (when Germany annexed Austria) and again from 1945 to 1999 (when the euro became the official currency of Austria). For 54 years after the schilling was reintroduced following World War II, the central bank of Austria issued Austria schilling banknotes in various denominations and with different designs. And, one of these banknotes was a 100-schilling banknote issued in 1969 that depicted Angelica Kauffman (pictured).

06 Apr 2020

Bertha von Suttner and the Nobel Peace Prize

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

When he died in 1896, Alfred Nobel specified in his will that 94% of his assets - over 400 million in today's U.S. dollars - would be used to create a series of prizes for those who confer the greatest benefit on mankind in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. Nobel left no explanation for choosing peaceas a prize category, so we're left to speculate. It would be simple to surmise that it was his way to compensate for being an armaments manufacturer and inventing dynamite. However, a more proximate reason may have been the influence of Bertha von Suttner.

05 Apr 2020

Sor Juana: The First Published Feminist of the New World

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

Juana Inés de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillanawas born inSan Miguel NepantlanearMexico City in 1648 or 1651. She lived a comfortable life with her mother and maternal grandparents and educated herself from her grandfather's library. In her teens, she continued her studies privately while she was lady-in-waiting at the colonial viceroy's court. She turned down marriage proposals and, when she was age 19, chose to become a nun so she could study as she wished and "have no fixed occupation which might curtail my freedom to study."

03 Apr 2020

Olive Byrne, the Marstons, and Wonder Woman

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

Mary Olive Byrne (February 19, 1904 to May 19, 1985) was the daughter of Ethel Byrne a nurse and Progressive Era activist who opened the first birth control clinic with her older sister Margaret Sanger. As a teen, Olive Byrne was strongly influenced by her aunt Margaret whose actions, speeches and writings promoted sex education, birth control, eugenics and free speech.


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