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Fun with Coins

Fun with Coins

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

From Rare Coin Review #52, June-September 1984

Over the years I have written numerous articles in various publications with my take on the “world’s greatest hobby” and encouraging readers to enjoy coins as much as I do. In fact, my weekly column in Coin World is titled “The Joys of Collecting.” In Rare Coin Review #52 from 1984, I found a typical QDB article, somewhat blandly titled “Some Thoughts on Coin Collecting.” 

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Coin Quiz from Coin Collector #49, December 16, 1996: What Can The Date Be?

Coin Quiz from Coin Collector #49, December 16, 1996: What Can The Date Be?

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

There are many instances in American numismatics in which a coin can be viewed from the reverse (or dateless side) and because the reverse is so distinctive, the obverse date can be determined -- that is if you have a good knowledge of die varieties and types.

Here I will give clues concerning five (well, six with the bonus question) different United States coins that can be identified by their reverses. See how many you can get.

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The End of the First Mint

The End of the First Mint

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

It is always interesting for me to read old publications and see what the “news” was in numismatics at various times. The following was taken from the September 1911 issue of The Numismatist:

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Dr. James Mease: Descriptions of Early Coinage

Dr. James Mease: Descriptions of Early Coinage

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Last week I told of James Mease, M.D., of Philadelphia, one of America’s pioneer numismatists who wrote about the Mint in 1811. This week I go into my archives for an article published by us in 1997:

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Dr. James Mease:  A Candidate for the ANA Hall of Fame

Dr. James Mease: A Candidate for the ANA Hall of Fame

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

One of the most important figures in American numismatics is James Mease, M.D., of Philadelphia. In the early 19th century he was the first to publish important studies on the subject. Although he is known to and has been discussed in print by such modern scholars as David F. Fanning, Eric P. Newman, and Joel Orosz, he is unknown to perhaps 99% of numismatists active today.
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What a Great Week that Was!

What a Great Week that Was!

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

I left New Hampshire on Friday, August 1, headed for Illinois to spend the weekend with friends. Then on Monday afternoon, August 4, I arrived at the Stephens Convention Center in Chicago to begin a weeklong immersion in the World’s Fair of Money, perhaps more familiarly known as the American Numismatic Association summer convention.
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“Message from the President of the A.N.A.” Written 100 Years Ago

“Message from the President of the A.N.A.” Written 100 Years Ago

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Greetings from Chicago and the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money for 2014 (59 years and now 60 conventions after attending my first ANA convention in 1955., I think of the many ways the hobby has changed over my years in numismatics, as well as in the over 120 years since the ANA was formed in 1891. But, there are also many things remain the same, including the mission of the association. I like to review old numismatic publications, and came across this portion of the “Message from the President of the A.N.A.” written 100 years ago by Frank C. Duffield and printed in the January 1914 issue of The Numismatist. The younger set comes to the fore:

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A Point to Ponder

A Point to Ponder

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Recently the Wall Street Journal had an article by Dr. Linda P. Fried, “Older, Healthier, and Happier.” The thesis was that over the past 100 years Americans have added 30 years to their typical lifespan. And, how true this is. In researching American history -- one of my favorite pastimes, censuses, accounts of activity, and the like from, say, the early and mid 19th century have relatively few people older than 70. Or, if they are older than 70, they do not seem to be particularly active. 
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