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National Bicentennial Medal, 76.2mm gold version. Image: Stack's Bowers.

National Bicentennial Medal (1976) – Gold and Silver Formats

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek Notes .....   Representatives Wright Patman, Chair of the House Banking and Currency Committee, William B. Wendall, ranking...
"1781" North American Token (likely struck in 1818-1820). Image: Stack's Bowers.

North American Token (“1781”) | CoinWeek

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek Notes .....   The North American token is an early 19th-century token believed to have been struck in...
Vietnam Veterans National Medal. Image: U.S. Mint / CoinWeek.

Vietnam Veterans National Medal

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek Notes .....   The Vietnam Veterans National Medal is a commemorative medal struck by the United States Mint...
R.F. Curl Nobel Prize. Image: Nate D. Sanders Auctions / CoinWeek.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Medal Awarded to Robert Curl for Discovery of Fullerenes Sold

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ....   While a few Nobel Prize medals have been auctioned for millions of dollars in recent years--such as both James...
Chuck Yeager Congressional Silver Medal. Image: Smithsonian Institution / CoinWeek.

Public Law 94-179 – Chuck Yeager Congressional Silver Medal

Passed on December 23, 1975, Public Law 94-179 (PDF link) authorized the striking of a Congressional silver medal to honor renowned U.S. test pilot...
Two wooden nickels. Image: Adobe Stock.

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...

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