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“A Hallowe’en ‘buck’ from the Biggest Little Town in Ohio.”

“A Hallowe’en ‘buck’ from the Biggest Little Town in Ohio.”

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

Trick or Treat and Happy Hallowe’en to all our readers from Waldo C. Moore, president of the American Numismatic Association, 1919-1921, and from Lewisburg, the “Biggest Little Town in Ohio.” Moore (1874-1953) was born in West Baltimore, Ohio (now Verona) and attended the Dayton Normal School and the Miami Commercial College in Dayton. 
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“Does anyone have change for a celeston?”

“Does anyone have change for a celeston?”

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

The Nation of Celestial Space, also known as Celestia, was founded in 1948 by James Thomas Mangan (1896-1970) of Evergreen Park, Illinois, and was registered in Cook County with the Register of Deeds and Titles on January 1, 1949. Calling himself “Founder and First Representative,” Mangan listed a mere 19 members on that date, including his daughter, Ruth, but within a decade the membership reportedly soared to more than 19,000 members with some claiming 100,000+ members in the later years. 

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“Is anyone thirsty?”

“Is anyone thirsty?”

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

Root beer! Nearly all of us have had a cold root beer on a warm summer day. Why, it’s nearly as American as apple pie and voting. One of the most famous of all root beer manufacturers in the country, Dad’s Root Beer, enjoys a numismatic connection with the general public. The formula for Dad’s was concocted in the 1930s by Barney Berns and Ely Klapman in a Chicago basement, leading to the founding of the company in 1937.

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“The Emperor of these United States”

“The Emperor of these United States”

By Jennifer Meers, Marketing and Graphic Design

When the going gets tough, the tough declare themselves Emperor. Or so it seems for Joshua Abraham Norton, who on September 17, 1859, published the following declaration in the San Francisco Evening Bulletin:

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“Be Smart…Save 99 More”

“Be Smart…Save 99 More”

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

This entry in The Exonumia Corner is among my favorites, as it combines three hobbies, coin collecting, stamp collecting, and postcard collecting. This brown sepia-toned postcard was copyrighted in 1906 by H.I. Robbins of Boston, Massachusetts. Its design is simple with lucky four-leaf clovers and horseshoes diagonally across the front with SAVE / 99 / MORE in large letters on three lines at the center. 
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“Welcome Home from Little America, Admiral Byrd”

“Welcome Home from Little America, Admiral Byrd”

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957) was an American Naval officer best known for his feats of exploration and discovery, some by land and others by air. He was among the earliest flyers to cross the Atlantic and to fly over the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Indeed, he claimed his flights were the first ever visits to the North Pole and the South Pole. Byrd’s first expedition to the Antarctic began in 1928 and involved two ships and three airplanes. 
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“Childrey the Druggist, Dealer in Old Coins Stamps and Relics”

“Childrey the Druggist, Dealer in Old Coins Stamps and Relics”

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

Welcome to the first-ever installment of The Exonumia Corner, a bi-weekly look at another side of numismatics. Exonumia means “outside numismatics,” and is a catch-all term for items related to coin collecting, though sometimes in an off-beat way. Medals, tokens, trench art, paper ephemera, and other unusual numismatic items will be featured. This week we bring you an early coin and antiquities dealer named J.H. Childrey, an elusive figure from the numismatic past.

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