The Stars of US Currency – Replacement Notes

By | October 16, 2016

Star Notes Prior to 1971, the United States of America’s monetary system was on the “gold standard”, meaning that U.S. Fedreal Reserve notes were backed by real gold. In fact, until 1934, United States banknotes were redeemable for gold. Think of it like the Government’s checking account backed by a tangible commodity stored at Ft.… Read More »

Native American Day

By | October 10, 2016

The rich culture, strength, and pride of Native Americans has had an incredible impact upon the evolution of the United States as a nation of one people.  Sacagawea, the young Shoshone Tribe woman, seems to be saying “follow me” in her portrait which has appeared on United States Dollar coins since 2000. At the age… Read More »

Spooky Banknotes

By | October 2, 2016

It’s almost Halloween.  Soon little ghouls and goblins will be at your doorstep.  But do you know what spooky creatures may be lurking in your world banknote collection?  Read on, if you dare… Vampire Note – this is a slang term for a certain German 10,000 mark note design.  It’s referred to as the “Vampire… Read More »

Origin of Modern Banknotes

By | September 26, 2016

Prior to the 7th century, Chinese merchants used to string together coins which they carried along their business travels.  The coins had holes in their centers, making it possible to carry many at once (these coins were called “cash”). During the 7th century, partners were entrusted with the safekeeping of the merchants’ coins.  The trusted… Read More »

Mystery of the Buffalo Nickel

By | September 19, 2016

“I can still remember the feel in my hand of that most wonderful American coin ever minted, a nickel with a buffalo on one side and the head of an Indian on the other. That nickel was a daily proof of our country’s past. Bring it back!” – Paul Engle (Poet) With one of the… Read More »

Collections and Completion

By | September 5, 2016

Many students heading back to school are defining their goals to complete a line of study or embark on a brand new one. As a middle aged American, I’ve heard quite a few high-school and college students proclaim, “I’m finally done with Math”. I have yet to meet anyone that is truly “done with math”.… Read More »

Collectible Coin Cleaning

By | August 8, 2016

Have you ever cleaned any of your collectible coins? When I was mentally planning the image you see above, I had intended to use a Silver Eagle as the centerpiece from my very modest personal coin collection. (it barely appears below the Japanese Occupation banknote). But after moving 3 times over the past 3 years,… Read More »

Fight Boredom – Start Collecting

By | July 18, 2016

July is National Anti-Boredom Month Fight boredom!  Build a fascinating and rewarding Stamp, Currency, or Postcard collection.  What makes collecting such an interesting hobby to earn distinctions like the “Hobby of Kings”?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.  We all have our reasons and stories.  Here are mine. One summer when I was… Read More »