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Lignadenarist – Now Accepting Wooden Nickels

(n.) A lignadenarist is a collector of wooden nickels. The term is a portmanteau of the Latin words lignum, meaning “wood”, and denarius, the iconic...
Love Tokens from the 19th century.

Love Tokens Were Once Popular Valentine’s Day Gifts

By CoinWeek .....   Love tokens are a class of numismatic collectible, where one or sometimes both sides of a coin have been smoothed down and...
John Wayne Congressional Gold Medal (1980)

John Wayne Congressional Gold Medal (1980) : A Collector’s Guide

The United States Congress awarded American actor John Wayne a Congressional Gold Medal in 1979, but the medal wasn’t completed until after his death....
Abraham Lincoln Indian Peace Medal, in Bronze. Image: John Kraljevich Americana.

Abraham Lincoln Indian Peace Medal (1862) – A Collector’s Guide

The Abraham Lincoln Indian Peace medal was designed by engraver by Salathiel Ellis Julian and is cataloged as Julian IP-39. As struck in silver, the...
An assortment of challenge coins from Charles Morgan's personal collection.

Challenge Coin: What Are These Colorful Mementos?

A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion issued by any number of public or private organizations but most frequently associated with branches...
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...
Vintage illustration of 1834 Hard Times Token. "A Plain System, Void of Pomp" refers to a Jacksonian letter.

A Plain System, Void of Pomp : Hard Times Token Inscription

“A Plain System, Void of Pomp” is an inscription found on an 1834-dated Hard Times Token. It satirizes the seventh president Andrew Jackson and...
Padre Junipero Serra 250th Anniversary Medal in Silver. Image: CoinWeek.

Padre Junipero Serra 250th Anniversary Medal (1963) : A Collector’s Guide

Authorized by an Act of Congress and designed by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Frank Gasparro, the Padre Junipero Serra 250th Anniversary Medal was struck...
Aaron White Medal. Image: Stack's Bowers.

Aaron White Calendar Medal : A Collector’s Guide

The Aaron White Calendar Medal is a brass calendar medal issued by Aaron White, a New Boston, Connecticut attorney and "hard money" advocate. The obverse...
Panama-Pacific Exposition coins and medals

1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition Coins and Medals From the U.S. Mint

By Vic Bozarth for PCGS ......   The Panama-Pacific Exposition was one of the biggest of the popular world’s fairs, which drew millions over the several...
Coins and medals from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Image: CoinWeek / PCGS.

Columbian Exposition Coins and Medals Struck by the U.S. Mint

By Vic Bozarth for PCGS ......   Continuing my series on the World's Fair expositions held between 1876 and 1926, we move to the year 1893...
PCGS World's Columbian Exposition Elongated Coin. Image: PCGS.

PCGS Unveils Grading of Classic Elongated Coins

Professional Coin Grading Service expands elongated coin grading to include pieces cataloged in seminal subject-area book   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has announced it will...
Stack’s Bowers Galleries to Attend Bitcoin 2023 Conference in Miami Beach

Stack’s Bowers to Attend Bitcoin 2023 Conference in Miami

Stack’s Bowers Galleries has announced their attendance at the Bitcoin 2023 Conference, taking place May 18-20 in Miami Beach, Florida. The Miami Bitcoin Conference...
Archives International Sale 84 Featured image.

Archives International Auction 84 of Stocks, Bonds, and World Banknotes

By Archives International Auctions (AIA) ......   Auction 84: Tuesday, April 4, 2023 To be sold at public auction beginning at 11:00 am ET   Auction 84 Features 783...
A Brief History of the Receipt

A Brief History of the Receipt

By Jane Sancinito for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   Today’s post comes from Jane Sancinito, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Lowell...

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