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Language and the Successful Circulation of Money in the United...
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Language and the Successful Circulation of Money in the United States
By Jesse Kraft

Prior to the adoption of the United States dollar with the Mint Act of 1792, the circulating medium in the young country was a mess. It was a mess during the colonial period and, quite honestly, it was a mess for decades thereafter. Well into the 19th century, a variety of foreign coinage circulated in the United States. With names such as real de a ocho or peso fuerte—names given to them in their place of origin—these coins would not have been able to circulate in the country. A name change was required in order for both consumers and merchants…

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Curiosities of the United States Paper Money Cabinet, Part II
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Curiosities of the United States Paper Money Cabinet, Part II
By John Thomassen

If you have not read Part I of this two-part series and would like to do so, please click here.

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John Gibbs: Stagecoach Operator Turned Token Innovator, Turned Counterfeiter
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John Gibbs: Stagecoach Operator Turned Token Innovator, Turned Counterfeiter
By The American Numismatic Society

Opportunity often leads to innovation. Sometimes the events that contribute to an evolution of this nature are well-known and documented,…

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Happy 210th Birthday, Abe!
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Happy 210th Birthday, Abe!
By The American Numismatic Society

Lincoln Centennial Medal by Jules Édouard Roiné, 1909 (ANS 1909.45.1), King 310. The dies were ceremoniously…

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Artist Mark Wagner is Reinventing the US Dollar Bill
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Artist Mark Wagner is Reinventing the US Dollar Bill
By The American Numismatic Society

Fig. 1. Ben Bernanke. Commissioned and rejected by Time magazine for their 2009 “Person of the…

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Cash and Carry
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Cash and Carry
By The American Numismatic Society

The American Numismatic Society cabinet contains a…

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