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- Posted: April 11, 2019|Akiane Kramarik is a self-taught American artist, poet and writer who began her career as a young child. For more than two decades her works have dazzled and inspired millions. They are not just remarkably mature for how old she was when she produced them, but they are also rooted in her deep sense of spirituality and her enduring commitment to her work. Like her art and poetry, her spirituality and relationship to God were also self-discovered. She has been dubbed a genius and child prodigy, and more specifically as “the youngest binary prodigy in both realistic art and poetry in recorded history” because her accomplishments in both areas as a young child quickly surpassed that of most adults working in those fields. Akiane describes herself as a ...Read more »
- Posted: April 08, 2019|April 15 marks the 107th anniversary of one of the worst maritime disasters in history: the sinking off the coast of Canada of the RMS Titanic, which at the time, was the largest and most luxurious passenger ship in the world. On the night of April 14-15, 1912, 1517 of the 2229 passengers onboard, who had left Southampton England on April 10 heading for New York City, perished in the disaster, which was immortalized in a 1997 film and many other cinematic depictions. The wreckage from Titanic, which was operated by a company called White Star Line, included coins and paper currency such as silver certificate notes, U.S. gold half eagles, and silver and copper coins from the U.S., France and Great Britain. Appeal of shipwreck coins Many collectors have long ...Read more »
- Posted: March 22, 2019|In 1979, the Royal Canadian Mint became one of the first government mints to begin issuing modern bullion coins. Fittingly, their preeminent series featured and was named for one of the most recognizable symbols of Canada, the sugar maple leaf. While the design concept could not have been simpler, the execution of it continues to enamor collectors throughout the world, with the intricate design and outstanding attention to detail bringing the coin to life right in the holder’s hand. Now, the mint is celebrating the treasured coin’s 40th anniversary with the first ever bullion Incuse Gold Maple Leaf. The new coin follows the success of the bullion Incuse Silver Maple Leaf, which was issued last year to mark the 30th anniversary of that silver series. ...Read more »
- Posted: March 08, 2019|Images of the female form began appearing on coinage millennia ago and this tradition continues to be exceedingly important in Numismatics today. Ancient Greek coins featured the image of the Goddess of Wisdom, Athena, as well as other hisotrical women and Goddesses. Roman coins also featured female deities like Libertas, the Goddess of Freedom, and the profiles of powerful women, such as the mothers of Caesars and behind the scenes power brokers. Fast forward a few thousand years and today, the female form continues to be a driving force in Numismatics, often symbolizing the very ideals and spirits of issuing Nations. While the allegorical character of “Lady Liberty” is a prevalent emblem of the founding ideals of the United States, many countries also prominently feature metaphorical female figures on their currency. Where did this Tradition Begin? ...Read more »
- To mark the 110th anniversary of the perennially-popular Lincoln cent, the U.S. Mint is issuing the first pennies that carry a “W” Mint mark, indicating that they were struck at the iconic West Point Mint. However, the 2019-W pennies will not be the first ones ever struck at the West Point Mint, since business strike cents were produced there from 1974 to 1986 to supplement production of the coin at the Philadelphia Mint at a time when billions were being struck each year. Those cents made in Philadelphia did not have a Mint mark, which is an important difference for collectors. An Intriguing Trend There will be three 2019 numismatic products that include versions of the 2019-W cent, includi ...Read more »
- On March 14 the U.S. Mint will launch its second and final commemorative coin program of 2019, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion and the remarkable work of this organization that has impacted not just U.S. service members, but the entire country. The History of the American Legion The organization was founded on March 15, 1918 in Paris, France by the American Expeditionary Forces that occupied Europe after the fighting of World War I had ended. This group was concerned about the welfare of their comrades after they returned to the United States, as well as of the communities where those vet ...Read more »
- Under the U.S. system of government, the president, who has extensive powers in areas such as national security, does not usually play a major role in shaping our coinage. The most prominent exceptions, include presidents who had an interest in, and who took the initiative to get involved in, numismatics, especially President Theodore Roosevelt, whose influence over early 20th century coinage is legendary. The main numismatic role of a president is signing coinage legislation into law after it has been passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. The powers of the executive in this area are mostly delegated to officials the President appoints, and others who serve in their administration. Chief among them is the U.S. Treasury Secretary, who oversees the U.S. Mint and makes the ...Read more »
- Money and military have driven history since ancient times. Currency changes to finance war. Wars are fought to gain more money. Currency changes to adapt to the new conditions created by war, and once wars are over, they celebrate both peace and victory as well as commemorating those who gave everything to fight for their countries. This inextricable link between money and military, evident throughout human history, has been every bit a part of American history as in any previous civilization, especially in the twentieth century. The Civil War: the War between States Not surprisingly, the biggest impact on American currency came with the war that divided the nation. North and South both had to adapt to find ways to fight their fathers, sons, and brothers. The North’s curren ...Read more »
- The American Silver Eagle coin, is not only the U.S. Mint’s most important, flagship coin program, it is also the king of modern U.S. coins, playing a role in the U.S. marketplace and in the numismatic hobby, ultimately over-shadowing many other series. The series has been issued in several formats, including silver and gold since 1986, platinum since 1997 and palladium since 2017. Each year in January, the U.S. Mint begins selling the bullion version of the most recently-dated Silver Eagle and Gold Eagle coins, as well as the proof versions of the Silver Eagle. This is always one of the most important numismatic events of the year, especially during years such as this one, 2019, whe ...Read more »
- American Achievement: the Apollo 11 Moon Shot While American technological and political achievements are numerous, few are as resonant as the great Space Race of the 1960s. This included the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs that reached their triumphant apex with the Apollo 11 mission that saw astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin land on the moon and their safe return, along with command module pilot Michael Collins, to Earth. The United States Mint is releasing a seven coin commemorative program to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the moon landing. The series will have broad appeal for numismatic collectors as well as technology and space buffs alike. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landing is really an attempt to capture the vibrant spirit of the Sixties and of the extraordinary achievements of America and Americans. The “one small step for man… one giant leap for mankind” celebrated with these c ...Read more »