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Oliver Christian Bosbyshell (January 3, 1839 – August 1, 1921) was Superintendent of the United States Mint at Philadelphia from 1889 to 1894. He also claimed to have been the first Union soldier wounded by enemy action in the Civil War, stating that he received a bruise on the forehead from an object thrown by a Confederate sympathizer while his unit was marching through ...

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Origin of the Hobo Nickel
Posted on Friday January 26, 2018

Check out the new OHNS pamphlet on the Origins of Hobo ...

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This past week (Jan 10th 2018), Colonial Williamsburg announced their acquisition of one of the most important medals I’ve ever handled: the medal coined by Denmark to commemorate the end of the slave trade to the Danish West Indies (today the US Virgin Islands) in 1792. Slavery persisted in the Danish islands until 1848 (even longer than in the British West Indies), but Denmark was the first of the colonizing ...

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A Jeweler Named Vogler
Posted on Saturday December 30, 2017

noun – /noun/  – The part of speech that names a person, place or thing

The study of tokens is necessarily the study of nouns…

First, the THING

A morning of brisk trading took place at our last CARTS meeting. I swapped tokens with a few regular members and came away with a curious round brass watch check that screamed for further research. The item in question was ...

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Renditions of Liberty
Posted on Thursday November 02, 2017

We are a young country of 241 years, American heroes did not appear on our circulating coinage until 1859. Native American Indian first appeared on our cents in 1859.

In 1909 Abraham Lincoln appeared on our cent. 1932 George Washington appeared on the quarter. 1946 Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared on the dime. 1948 Benjamin Franklin appeared on the half dollar.

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Cyrenaica, Cyrene; c. 435-331 BC
Posted on Monday October 09, 2017

Cyrenaica, Cyrene; c. 435-331 BC

Tetradrachm, 12.93g. BMC-73

Obv: Silphium plant with six leaves, K - V / P - A across field at corners of plant.

Rx: Head of Ammon wearing ram's horn with short curly hair and scraggly beard.

The Greek cities of Cyrenaica, namely Cyrene and Barce, were one of the main suppliers of grain for the Mediterranean (in one instance, they even saved mainland Greece ...

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Mickley Strikes
Posted on Wednesday October 04, 2017

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A Coin Collector's Wife
Posted on Wednesday October 04, 2017

Dedicated to All Coin Collectors’ Wives
Author Unknown

Here’s a saying that you have all heard before, I think,
“Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.”
Shipwrecked people shout it, as they drift upon the sea
It sure is bad, but the saddest cry I’ve heard in my whole life
Is the one you hear, when you lend and ear, to the Coin Collector’s ...

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Host coin: 1838 USA Coronet large cent.
Obverse: original Coronet Liberty Head design, unaltered except for traces of old mounting at center.
Reverse: intaglio carving of a Federal eagle carrying olive branch[?], with lyre and rays above, "+ + + + + Philodemica Societas ~ G [?] I [?] + + + + +" in italic script below. 

Ex-"numismaniacal", ...

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Bronze Dupondius of Gaius Julius Caesar
Posted on Saturday June 17, 2017

A recent acquisition: a bronze dupondius of Gaius Julius Caesar struck at an uncertain mint in northern Italy (various locations have been proposed over the decades). The obverse features the winged bust of Victory facing right with the legend CAESAR DIC TER (Caesar dictator for the third time). The reverse has the Goddess Minerva advancing left, holding a trophy over one shoulder and spear and shield in left hand. The ...

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RMS Lusitania Medal Karl Goetz
Posted on Friday June 09, 2017

On May 07, 1915, the German Navy committed arguably Germany’s biggest strategic failures in WWI: the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. International outrage grew as word spread that the ship was sank without warning, killing 1,198 passengers and crew, 128 of which were Americans. To add to this, Karl Goetz, German medalist and sculpture, created a satirical medal in August 1915. His intent was to embarrass the Cunard ...

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Chinese Tea Money
Posted on Tuesday May 23, 2017

Tea bricks have been used as a means of payment from 9th to 20th century in China, Mongolia, Siberia, Tibet, Turkmenistan and Russia. The Chinese Emperor had the monopoly on the production of tea as means of payment. The bricks were mainly produced in Sichuan, a Chinese province. Some have been made in Russia. They have various forms and sizes and were transported by yaks or camels caravans.

There are five ...

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Major Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee
Posted on Tuesday May 02, 2017

Major Henry ("Light Horse Harry") Lee
is honored on the fifth in the U.S. Mint's ten-piece series of pewter reproductions of America's First Medals, voted by the Continental Congress to commemorate the decisive military actions of the Revolutionary War. This medal was awarded to Major Lee for his daring pre-dawn assault at Paulus Hook in 1779. It features on the obverse the bust of Major Lee, facing ...

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Hobo Life
Posted on Monday April 17, 2017

In 1918, just five years into the new ‘Buffalo’ design, the first recorded instance of an altered nickel appeared in print. The Numismatist contained an entry that told of a nickel with the obverse intentionally fashioned to show our loyal Indian as the German Emperor Wilhelm II, complete with moustache and a pointed pickelhaube headgear. This was the modest beginning to a tradition that would span decades and ...

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Champion Paper, in small town Canton, has always been the heartbeat of that tight-knit Western North Carolina community. The company saw unparalleled growth from the early 1900’s well into the latter half of the twentieth century. At the helm was the founder’s son-in-law, Reuben B. Robertson.

Robertson had been brought on to temporarily oversee operations in 1907 and ended up staying with the company for an ...

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