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Money and Memories

2018-05-28 18:16:37

Memorial Day is a time to look both back and ahead, and historic coins and currency can help keep those memories alive.

Both the US Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing have issued coins and bills that mark important periods in our nation’s history. They may also coincide with memorable moments in your or your family’s lives.

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What is My Old Dime Worth? - Part 4: Barber Dimes, 1892-1916

2018-03-28 17:55:28

Just as with many other fashions, after a while people get tired of coin designs. By 1879 some were complaining that US coin designs had become outdated and second-rate. This led to an internal request in the 1880s by Mint Director James Kimball for new coin designs, but the responses were disappointing. When Kimball threw the competition open to the public, the results were equally discouraging.

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Collecting US Colonial Coins State-Issued Coins: New Jersey Coppers

2018-02-27 09:06:28

Representatives of the thirteen British colonies in North America gathered in Philadelphia in 1774 at the urging of Benjamin Franklin to address matters of local governance and grievances with British rule. Known as the Continental Congress, it met in three sessions, the second resulting in the Declaration of Independence from England on July 4, 1776, and in 1781 the third session produced the Articles of Confederation, the law of the new land until the US Constitution was ratified in 1789.

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The Modern Russian Ruble

2018-02-27 08:38:25

The ruble is the world’s second oldest currency after the British pound. It was also the world’s first decimal currency when it was divided into 100 kopeks in 1704. It has gone through three phases during its 600-plus years of existence, first as the currency of the Russian Empire (1547-1917), then the Soviet Union (1922-1991 as the Soviet ruble), and currently as the currency of the Russian Federation (1991-present as the New Ruble).

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