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Words from a Century Ago

Words from a Century Ago

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

The benefits of having a hobby, such as collecting coins, tokens, medals, and paper money, are many. Here is a comment from The Numismatist in March 1914.

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The 1796 Myddleton Token —‘unsurpassed in beauty’

The 1796 Myddleton Token —‘unsurpassed in beauty’

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

This story of one of my favorite tokens is excerpted from my 2002 More Adventures With Rare Coins, a book that showcased 50 of my favorite numismatic items. For more information, you can read The 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens, written by Katherine Jaeger and myself, available from numismatic booksellers.

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Tribute to Saint-Gaudens by de Francisci

Tribute to Saint-Gaudens by de Francisci

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In 1905, Charles E. Barber created the ‘official’ inaugural medal for President Theodore Roosevelt. ‘Teddy’ had been president since September 1901, when as vice president he became heir to the highest office when William McKinley was assassinated (while attending an event at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York). 
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Check Your Numismatic Mint IQ

Check Your Numismatic Mint IQ

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Check Your Numismatic IQ with this Quiz!

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Gobrecht’s Liberty Seated Design

Gobrecht’s Liberty Seated Design

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

The general concept of the Liberty Seated design, featured on various U.S. silver coins beginning on the silver dollar in 1836 and used for the final time on the dimes, quarters, and half dollars of 1891, was not original to the United States. In fact, on September 5, 1835, Director of the Mint Robert Maskell Patterson sent a case of British coins and medals to Thomas Sully, who was preparing sketches for a new dollar coinage. 
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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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