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12 Sep 2016

The Story of the West Point Dimes

Young Numismatists Exchange | user_9998

In 1945, shortly after the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Vice President Harry Truman was called to the White House. He was greeted there by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who informed him that the President was dead. Truman was quiet for a moment, then asked if there was anything he could do for the family. The First Lady responded: "Is there anything we can do for you? For you are the one in trouble now."*

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12 Sep 2016

A Bit Loonie

Young Numismatists Exchange | user_9998

Often referred to as the "Loonie", the gold-colored Canadian dollar coin has a fascinating and sometimes quirky history, beginning in 1982, when the Royal Canadian Mint began experimenting with a new composition for its Voyageur dollar.

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06 Sep 2016

Palladium in Numismatics

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Since 2010, the United States Mint has been congressionally authorized to produce and sell 1-ounce Palladium Eagle bullion coins. Thus far, it has not acted upon this authorization, but it may come to fruition in the next few years, with Coin World reporting in May on the Mint's work securing of planchets made of the precious metal. (Seehttp://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/2016/05/us-mint-seeking-vendors-for-palladium-american-eagle.html)

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31 Aug 2016

A Nobel Cause

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The Nobel Prize is one of the most prestigious and respected awards in the world. The prizes, awarded in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology and Medicine, Literature, and Peace, with a sixth prize, bestowed by the Bank of Sweden, in Economic Sciences, are awarded annually to celebrate human achievement, and include a gold medal, a stylized diploma, and a cash prize of 8 million Swedish Krone (about $935,000 USD). With this year's awards approaching (to be awarded between October 3 and 10, 2016), I decided to see what I could learn about the history of the prizes, as well as the history of the medals.

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13 Oct 2015

Meet the Medals

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It's beautiful. Just picture it... a Coin Show Bourse, each glass case filled to the brim... you run in slow motion towards it, heavenly choirs singing in the background, money leaping out of your wallet... you look down into the case and see...

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02 Aug 2015

Drawn and "Quartered": The Future of the Washington Quarter

Young Numismatists Exchange | user_9998

I am an avid collector of the National Park Quarters. Having just acquired a Blue Ridge Parkway example, I was reflecting on the future of the Washington Quarter. It was 16 years ago that the 50 State Quarters program was launched. Wow. That is one long stretch of time! Longer than I've been alive. So what are we looking at in the future? We have another five years worth of National Park Quarters to look forward to, from Saratoga to the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Obviously we have these in the future. But let's future-ize a little more...

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04 Jul 2015

Summer Numismatics

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I am under the impression that Summer is the strangest season of the year. "Slip 'N 'Slides" where all you do is flop on your stomach and inhale an ounce of water. Heat waves that should be waving bye bye!And there's no school, but you still can't seem to arrange that get-together because one person is Horseback riding, another is going swimming, and another has a rare disease that forces them to avoid you, or so they claim. And it's Typhoon season.

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