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Tyler Rossi

Tyler Rossi is currently a graduate student at Brandeis University's Heller School of Social Policy and Management and studies sustainable international development and conflict resolution. Before graduating from American University in Washington, D.C., he worked for Save the Children, creating and running international development projects. Recently, Tyler returned to the U.S. from living abroad in the Republic of North Macedonia, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer for three years. Tyler is an avid numismatist and for over a decade has cultivated a deep interest in pre-modern and ancient coinage from around the world. He is a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA).
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Ten Powerful and Beautiful Women on Coins

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   Janina Żółtowska The first woman on this list, depicted on the Polish 2, 5, and 10 Zlote coins between 1932...
Five and Ten cent encased postage "coins". Image: Stack's Bowers / CoinWeek.

10 Unusual World and U.S. Coins and Patterns

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   People have been striking coins for almost 3,000 years, and the vast majority of coinage minted during that time...
Coins representing everyday soldiers.

Top 10 Military Figures on US Coins

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   Popular with many collectors, military themes adorn several United States coins (especially commemoratives), tokens, and currency notes. The following...
AR Tetradrachm of Perseus.

The Unorthodox Tetradrachm of Perseus

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   Supposedly the bastard child of King Philip V of Macedon, Perseus was born in 212 BCE. But much of...
The 1999 Wide AM is an example of a rare coin that can be found in pocket change. Image: CoinWeek / Adobe Stock.

Rare Coins Worth Money That You Can Find in Pocket Change

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   Both coin roll hunting and searching through pocket change can be interesting and accessible entry points into the hobby...
The 2007 Idaho State Quarter design is for the birds. Image: U.S. Mint / Adobe Stock.

Ten Worst 50 State Quarter Designs

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... The 50 State Quarter Program, which ran from 1999 through 2008, was a wildly popular circulating commemorative program that...
A most expensive nail. Roosevelt dime struck on nail. Image: Heritage Auctions / Adobe Stock.

Ten Extreme U.S. Error Coins Bring Big Prices

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... 2000-P Sacagawea Dollar and Washington Quarter Mule Described as the holy grail of United States Mint errors, the 2000-P Sacagawea...

Ten Big U.S. Coin “Failures”

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   Not every coin produced by the United States Mint is embraced by the public or does its job for...

10 Coins Worth More Than Face Value You Can Find in Change

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   1982 No P Roosevelt Dime In 1982, the United States Mint released the first circulation coin that did not bear...
Patina on Ancient Coins

Patina on Ancient Bronze Coins

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... Unlike modern coins, ancient coins are not held to the same minute condition requirements of the 70-point Sheldon Grading...
A Collectible Counterfeit? The Story of Henning Nickels - Tyler Rossi

A Collectible Counterfeit? The Story of Henning Nickels

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... A few years ago, I decided to start coin roll hunting, and with $25 I opened an account at...
Halos on ancient coins

Haloes on Ancient Coins

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... In various forms, the halo is a ubiquitous religious symbol. While most commonly seen in religious contexts such as...
Pegasus on Ancient Greek Coins

Pegasus on Ancient Greek Coins

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... As one of the most famous and recognizable mythical figures from the ancient Greco-Roman world to have survived into...

Collecting the Canadian $2 Coin

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... The date? February 19, 1996. The location? Ben’s Deli in Montreal. The plot line? The official launch of Canada’s...
The Coins of Portuguese Mozambique, Part 2 by Tyler Rossi.

The Coins of Portuguese Mozambique, Part 2

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... Part 1 | Part 2 * * * While Portugal originally claimed a massive swath of Africa--from Angola on the west...

The Coins of Portuguese Mozambique, Part 1

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... Part 1 | Part 2 * * * Portugal’s first contact with East Africa was during the "Age of Exploration" in...
Hadrian and Expensive Ancient Coins

What Makes the Most Expensive Ancient Coins So Valuable

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... As someone working in the field of "pre-modern numismatics" at NAC USA, I have the extremely rare opportunity to...
Ottoman Coins and Currency at the End of Empire

Ottoman Coins and Currency at the End of Empire

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... The Ottoman Empire was described as the "Sick Man of Europe" by the Russian tsar Nicholas I during a...
The Piastre in French Indochina

The Piastre in French Indochina

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... In 1847, after the Nguyễn dynasty of Vietnam had executed several members of the French Catholic missionary community for...
How to Collect the American Gold Buffalo Series

How to Collect the American Gold Buffalo Series

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... The American Gold Buffalo program started in an interesting manner when the United States Congress introduced the new gold...