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The origins of coinage

In order to find out when and where coins originated, one must look back to Lydia, an Ancient Greek kingdom in Asia Minor, during the seventh century BCE. It is not surprising that the Greeks invented coinage; they were also the creators of democracy, modern philosophy and many other things that influence our culture today. However, without their invention of coinage, our world today may have been very different.
Written by Will Schrepferman at 00:00
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YN Wins Kids Baseball Challenge Design Contest

At noon, October 31, the U.S. Mint announced its winners of the Kids Baseball Challenge Design Contest. Walter J. G. Waholek, a 14-year-old ANA Young Numismatist from Mayfair in Northeast Philadelphia, was notified directly by phone by the Deputy Director of the U.S. Mint, Richard A. Peterson, from his office in Washington D.C. that he was the grand prize winner in the Mint’s Baseball Hall of Fame "Kids batter up challenge Design contest."
Written by American Numismatic Association staff at 00:00

Kathy McFadden Named Executive Director at ICTA

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA), the premiere advocacy voice for rare coin and bullion dealers, announced Wednesday, October 23, 2013, that Kathy J. McFadden will become its new Executive Director.
Written by American Numismatic Association staff at 00:00

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5 Tips for Beginner Coin Collectors

Coin collecting can be a lot of fun and profitable, if you do it right. Getting started is easy too. You can start collecting coins simply by sorting through your pocket change. Or you can build a collection of coins or bullion by buying them directly from dealers.
Written by Katelyn Porter at 13:30

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Fear of Counterfeits

In this day and age, most collectors have heard about the important issue of counterfeit coins. While in the numismatic world we are concerned about fake collectible pieces, there are several countries battling the issue of contemporary counterfeits. This problem is not likely to end soon. Should we be scared out of our wits? Will all coins and currency be counterfeit soon? In short, I believe the answer is no, but let me explain why.
Written by Erik Elbieh at 04:00

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