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As the recession started to loosen up, and money became a bit easier to come by for some, we kids and teenagers had a few extra pennies in our pockets. I had a paper route to sell the Saturday Evening Post and made a few extra cents that I could contribute to my family’ earnings. 

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

Among the coin series from the “Renaissance of American Coinage,” the Mercury dime has always had a special appeal for collectors. The obverse displays simple and lovely head of Liberty wearing a winged cap, while the reverse design (symbolizing strength) was appropriate for the time of its original design, as in 1916 much of the world was at war. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The weekly iAuctions here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries are a great source for collectible coins! Every month (closing on the first Sunday of the month) our iAuctions will contain World and/or Ancient coins, including some notable pieces such as this silver Denier from the Carolingian ruler Charles the Simple

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

The wide-open nature of the exonumia field has always attracted me – where else can a collector find so many numismatic items turned into so many neat and unusual treasures? Virtually all of my exonumia collection revolves around coins, or at least items that used to be coins before their identity was altered forever. 

Here is this week's Test Your Knowledge question! Answer correctly in the comments section and be entered in a drawing for a free Stack’s Bowers Galleries coin storage box! The answer will be revealed next week! Can't wait for the next email newsletter? Visit us on Facebook or Twitter for the answer on Monday!

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

There is still time to participate in the Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio April Hong Kong Showcase Auction, as our online session is still open for bids. The session will begin to close on Monday, April 6th at 8:30 PM PST. There are many treasures to be found within this session, so be sure to browse. One of the standout pieces from this portion of the sale is an interesting Kirin 10 “Cashes” piece.

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

I continue my tour of A Guide Book of United States Coins. You can follow along in the 2015 edition, beginning on page 40. Seeking coins relating to colonial America has been a popular pursuit for many years. Today the Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C4) provides a meeting place for enthusiasts. Check out their website and learn more. This group was founded in 1993 by Michael Hodder and has grown rapidly since.

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

The Lincoln cent celebrated its centennial in 2009. In the course of being the longest running U.S. coin design, many interesting mint made die varieties have been discovered. Some are very prevalent in the series and for generations have been included in albums and the Guide Book as regular issues.