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It's time for the year of the horse

This year in the Chinese Zodiac calendar is the year of the horse. Those born in the years 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, etc. are born in the year of the horse. They are said to be energetic, active, master problem solvers, agile, forgiving and to have a sunny disposition. I was born in the year of the horse, 2002.
Written by Eric Niedzielski at 00:00
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The Twenty Cent Piece

Most people are unaware of the fact that the U.S. Mint once produced a 20 cent piece. This coin was authorized by the Act of March 3, 1875, and lasted until 1878. This coin was widely confused as a quarter by the public. The coin weighed five grams, the weight of a modern nickel, and was 90 percent silver. Also, this coin was 22 millimeters in diameter while a quarter was 24.3 mm.
Written by Eric Niedzielski at 00:00

Liberty Head Large Cent

In 1816, designer Robert Scot designed a large cent for the U.S. Mint. The coin was comprised of 100 percent copper and had a plain edge. The coin weighed 10.89 grams with a diameter of 28 to 29 millimeters. That’s almost as big as a half dollar at 30.6 millimeters and almost as heavy as one at 11.34 grams! The obverse of the coin had a portrait of Lady Liberty and on the reverse of the coin was a wreath with the inscription “One Cent” in the center.
Written by Eric Niedzielski at 00:00

Buffalo Nickels

In 1913 the buffalo nickel (Indian head nickel), designed by James Earle Fraser (student of Augustus Saint-Gaudens), was put into circulation. The design for the coin had an Indian's bust on the obverse, or heads side. It is believed to have been a portrait of three different Native Americans put together into one portrait. On the reverse, or tails side, there is a portrait of a buffalo, who is supposedly Black Diamond from the Central Park Zoo.
Written by Eric Niedzielski at 00:00

The most beautiful coin

Have you ever seen a Saint-Gaudens double eagle? If you have, you might consider it “The Most Beautiful Coin Ever.” In 1904 Augustus Saint-Gaudens started designing the coin, but because it was in high relief it was harder to sculpt the press for production and to strike the coin.
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