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US Territorial Coins-Templeton Reid and Georgia Gold

2018-07-07 14:00:00

The first US gold deposit was found by a farm boy named Conrad Reed in North Carolina in 1799, but the 17-pound nugget would sit unnoticed (it was used as a doorstop!) until 1804 when a visiting jeweler realized what it was. Word spread and soon farmers were scouring their land for gold scattered about their property.

Those easily found nuggets eventually played out but by the 1820s shafts were being cut to explore for underground deposits. When gold was discovered in a quartz vein in 1825, mining activity increased and by 1830 the Carolina Gold Rush was on. Mining eventually concentrated in the southern Blue Ridge foothills across the Georgia line with Gainesville as its commercial hub. Overnight towns like Dahlonega and Auraria sprang up north of Gainesville to support the miners.

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The History of US Mints-Manila, the Forgotten Mint

2018-07-06 14:00:00

The spoils of war are many, and when the US defeated Spain in the Spanish-American War (1898) the Yankees found themselves in possession of a number of Spanish colonies and protectorates including the Philippine Islands. This ended 333 years of Spanish rule that had seen the island nation evolve from a small Pacific outpost to a modern center of agriculture and trade. And the acquisition of the Philippines included a mint.

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Notorious Counterfeiters-Part 8-Stephen Jory and the Sweet Smell of Money

2018-06-17 14:00:00

People come to counterfeiting money in many ways, but none more unusual than the path taken by Englishman Stephen Jory. After a prison term for making and selling bogus designer perfumes, Jory turned his attention to printing funny money.

He was so good at it that he became the most successful counterfeiter in British history and caused the Bank of England to redesign its banknotes.

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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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