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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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