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Rare Money Blog

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Good things come in pairs, it is said. As to things in threes, I am not sure of an advantage. I am sure, however, that may readers will enjoy this quiz of numismatic triads. See if you can find the common connection between each item in each listing. Answers are at the end.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Lord & Taylor, the famous fashion retailer, is no longer with us, or at least not in its usual form. On August 3 the firm announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and stated it planned to close all 24 of its stores. 

Numismatically, Lord& Taylor is well-remembered for its issuance of encased postage stamps.   In the second week of July 1862, with no silver or gold coins in sight, and the channels of commerce awash in paper bills, even copper-nickel cents were hoarded.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Are you seeking to add a new specialty to your collecting activity? Exploring different areas is always fun to do. Further, if you are starting from scratch when you do this, your checkbook will not suffer as many items are expensive when you are just beginning in a new field. And if there are rarities in the field, they can wait until later.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Over a long period of years and in many different countries, legal tender coins have been counterstamped for various reasons, including changing the face value, indicating where the coins were to circulate, and to advertise products and services. 

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Here is Part 2 of this quiz focused on United States presidents and numismatics. Remember, this quiz was written in 2000.

From Rare Coin Review #133, February/March 2000

​It is once again a presidential election year, and I thought I would revisit a Coin Quiz that I wrote 20 years ago before the presidential election of 2000. Then as now, we in the state of New Hampshire see many candidates come and go in the early primary days, although once our first-in-the-nation primary is over, we see a lot less of them.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​​There is something special about coins struck in copper. Even well-worn pieces can be beautiful. With few exceptions this cannot be said of coins in nickel, silver, or gold. The often-quoted comment by  William H. Sheldon, Early American Cents, 1949,  has served as an inspiration for many collectors:

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

The August 1955 number of The Numismatist included a "Silver Quiz for Coin Collectors" compiled by Stuart Mosher. The original text is reprinted here:

Count 5 for each correct answer. If you score 50 you have a slightly better than average passing score. If your score is 75 or more you are indeed talented and by all rights should be quite wealthy. Some of the questions are tricky and those playing this game are warned not to jump at their first conclusions.

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