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The Development of the ANS Indian Peace Medal Collection
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The Development of the ANS Indian Peace Medal Collection
By Oliver Hoover

When looked at through the numismatic lens, the Indian peace medals in the extensive collection of the American Numismatic Society tell the interesting and sometimes sordid story of the development of the U.S. Mint as both producer and marketer of medals for official purposes and for collectors. Due to the association of many of the medals with the names of  Native American leaders who owned them before they entered the ANS collection, the medals also tell the personal stories of triumph and tragedy experienced by their original owners. The medals also have a third facet that is often overlooked. Their…

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Indian Peace Medals at the American Numismatic Society
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Indian Peace Medals at the American Numismatic Society
By Oliver Hoover

The Dead Zone was a popular science fiction thriller written by Stephen King in 1979 that was made into a…

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John Halhed Inscribed William Shakespeare Medal Reunited With Family
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John Halhed Inscribed William Shakespeare Medal Reunited With Family
By John Thomassen

One of the more fascinating aspects of the American Numismatic Society’s eBay store are the numismatic stories that come with…

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A Correction to “Treasure (Rhode) Island”
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A Correction to “Treasure (Rhode) Island”
By Oliver Hoover

On April 9, 2021, Pocket Change hosted a post of mine that took issue with the popularization of a theory…

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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.

As…

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

For numismatists and collectors alike, there’s nothing quite like exploring an area of numismatics that one knows little about, or…

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He Owned a Fort
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He Owned a Fort
By David Hill

Steven Pell, painting by DeWitt M. Lockman

I don’t mean to turn this blog into my own personal travelogue, but I…

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From Mound House to Manhattan, Part II
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From Mound House to Manhattan, Part II
By Jesse Kraft

This is the second segment of a three-part series to update ANS members and interested guests on the MACO Archives…

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The New Navy in New York
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The New Navy in New York
By Peter van Alfen

At the end of the Civil War, the United States had the second largest navy in the world after the…

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A Numismatic Reunion
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A Numismatic Reunion
By The American Numismatic Society

Guest post by David D. Gladfelter. David studies, writes, and speaks about the history of bank note engraving and printing,…

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Squaring The Circle: The Andor Orand Squared Quarter
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Squaring The Circle: The Andor Orand Squared Quarter
By John Thomassen

Quite often, coming across a previously unknown (to you) numismatic object can send one spiraling down a rabbit hole of…

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Henry Chapman's Granddaughter Sets the Record Straight
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Henry Chapman's Granddaughter Sets the Record Straight
By David Hill

A few weeks ago I gave a talk at a meeting of the New York Numismatic Club (NYNC) on the…

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