Braille Coins

By | January 15, 2017

January is National Braille Literacy Month. January is chosen since Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809. Louis Braille was, of course, the creator of the Braille writing code for the blind. Braille actually began devising the system during his teenage years. As a young blind man with a passion for music, he had… Read More »

Discovering Coins

By | January 9, 2017

Have you ever imagined discovering a rare coin? I certainly have. In fact, as a child I had to refill many a hole in my grandparents’ backyard in Texas as a result. 🙂 Still today I can’t help but examine any coin I might find on the ground. Most of us will not stumble across… Read More »

Coin and Banknote Specifications

By | December 30, 2016

A while back we talked about the origin and mystery of the Buffalo Nickel. One of the major delays in the historic coin’s authorized production and cause for its later redesign was how it affected vending machines. On the one hand, this does make some sense. Existing vending machines and other devices from the past… Read More »

New in World Currency for 2017

By | December 26, 2016

A New Year is one of the most exciting times for collectors around the World. New themes, new design techniques, even new production material are all introduced proudly by various nation’s currency producers. How does one keep up to date with new currency for the coming new year? A search engine is all you need.… Read More »

Approvals – The Personal Collectors Touch

By | December 19, 2016

When we began as Falcon Stamp Company in 1945, we primarily communicated with our valued customers about their collections via postal mail.  Over half a century later in 2017, we plan to continue making use of modern and emerging technology for the convenience of our customers.  However, we do not plan to lose the personal… Read More »

Why do You Collect Currency?

By | December 11, 2016

“I don’t think any collector knows his true motivation.” – Robert Mapplethorpe My mother used to collect spoons.  Each year we’d make up to two road trips.  Any stops we made along the way that sold spoons with the location’s name would be added to the collection.  Eventually we got her a display case for… Read More »

How U.S. Coins are Made

By | November 13, 2016

  The U.S. Mint’s Overview of the Coin Minting Process makes it look easy. But that’s what professionals do: they make amazing feats look easy to us curious on-lookers. But just how does the World’s largest coin minting organization pump out tens of Billions of wonderfully collectible coins each year? Read on and find out.… Read More »

History of the U.S. Mint part 2 – Gold Rush

By | November 6, 2016

With the U.S. Mint releasing the first official United States coinage at a central production facility in 1793, our new nation’s monetary system became more organized and less confusing.  That is, until the discovery of gold in North Carolina and Georgia.  Miners often found gold in mountain streams in the form of gold dust.  Imagine… Read More »

The Beginning of the United States Mint – Part 1

By | October 30, 2016

Prior to 1792, American Colonists had no officially recognized currency of to call their own. Trade was often conducted by way of bartering goods or services for others. And sometimes even tobacco was used to conduct trade. Various foreign currencies were recognized and used for commerce. But the Spanish Peso, or Piece of Eight was… Read More »

The Art Behind the Coins We Collect

By | October 23, 2016

  October is National Arts and Humanities Month. As Banknote and Coin Collectors, we know there is a dizzying array of amazing art depicted upon Worldwide currency. If you’ve ever crafted any artwork yourself, be it a drawing, a short story, or even a sculpture, you know that the process involves far more than simply… Read More »