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Better Know Your Notes: Lucy Pickens, Queen of the Confederacy

Better Know Your Notes: Lucy Pickens, Queen of the Confederacy

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

During the Civil War, the Confederate States of America featured many prominent members of government and society on their circulating currency -- all but one were male. However, one female socialite, known throughout the South for her beauty, charm and intelligence was the subject of several different types of Confederate currency: Lucy Pickens, often referred to as the “Queen of the Confederacy.”

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Gold Li Yuan Hung Medal

Gold Li Yuan Hung Medal

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

It has been just a few weeks since our April Hong Kong Showcase Auction ended, and already our world numismatic team is eagerly preparing for our next Hong Kong Auction this August! Each week we will highlight an item from the auction and this week we preview a very rare gold medal commemorating Li Yuan Hung, who served as the third president of the Republic of China. Li Yuan Hung first served as vice president to Sun Yat-sen and vice president to Yuan Shih-kai. He was then elected president of the Republic of China after Yuan Shih-kai’s death. Nearly five years later, he would return to the office and unsuccessfully attempt to counteract the government corruption of the Warlords Era.

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Name That Place!

Name That Place!

Here are the answers to last week’s Test Your Knowledge! Did you pass the test? Christopher Cassera answered correctly on our Facebook page, and he was the lucky winners of the “2015 Guide Book of United States Coins.” Congratulations! Check back next week for a new numismatic question and check us out on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to win some prizes!

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