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03 May 2020

Helen Keller

National Coin Week | The Silver Half Dollar

Helen Keller was born to Kate Adams Keller and Colonel Arthur Keller on June 27, 1880 in Alabama. When she was around 19 months old, she became ill from an unknown illness, and became blind and deaf.

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08 Apr 2020

Angelica Kauffman on the Austria 100 Schilling Banknote

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

The schilling was the currency of Austria from 1928 to 1938 (when Germany annexed Austria) and again from 1945 to 1999 (when the euro became the official currency of Austria). For 54 years after the schilling was reintroduced following World War II, the central bank of Austria issued Austria schilling banknotes in various denominations and with different designs. And, one of these banknotes was a 100-schilling banknote issued in 1969 that depicted Angelica Kauffman (pictured).

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06 Apr 2020

Bertha von Suttner and the Nobel Peace Prize

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

When he died in 1896, Alfred Nobel specified in his will that 94% of his assets - over 400 million in today's U.S. dollars - would be used to create a series of prizes for those who confer the "greatest benefit on mankind in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. Nobel left no explanation for choosing peaceas a prize category, so we're left to speculate. It would be simple to surmise that it was his way to compensate for being an armaments manufacturer and inventing dynamite. However, a more proximate reason may have been the influence of Bertha von Suttner.

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05 Apr 2020

Sor Juana: The First Published Feminist of the New World

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

Juana Inés de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillanawas born inSan Miguel NepantlanearMexico City in 1648 or 1651. She lived a comfortable life with her mother and maternal grandparents and educated herself from her grandfather's library. In her teens, she continued her studies privately while she was lady-in-waiting at the colonial viceroy's court. She turned down marriage proposals and, when she was age 19, chose to become a nun so she could study as she wished and "have no fixed occupation which might curtail my freedom to study."

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03 Apr 2020

Olive Byrne, the Marstons, and Wonder Woman

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

Mary Olive Byrne (February 19, 1904 to May 19, 1985) was the daughter of Ethel Byrne a nurse and Progressive Era activist who opened the first birth control clinic with her older sister Margaret Sanger. As a teen, Olive Byrne was strongly influenced by her aunt Margaret whose actions, speeches and writings promoted sex education, birth control, eugenics and free speech.

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30 Mar 2020

The Midnight Ride of Sybil Ludington

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

Sybil Ludington was a 16-year-old girl who reportedly rode her horse Star 20-40 miles (estimates vary) on the night of April 26, 1777 through Putnam County, NY using a stick to prod her horse and knock on doors to alert militia forces under the command of her father Henry Ludington of the approach of British forces.

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25 Mar 2020

Virginia Gildersleeve and the United Nations Conference on International Organization

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

April 25, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, a convention of delegates from 50Allied Nationsthat took place from April 25, 1945 to June 26, 1945 in San Francisco, CA and resulted in the creation of theUnited Nations Charter. For nearly 14 straight weeks, 850 delegates surmounted crisis after crisis to create an international organization to be known as the United Nations.

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21 Mar 2020

A De-constructed National Coin Week Exhibit

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

Each year for the last eight years, my local coin club, the Huron Valley Numismatic Society (which meets in Highland, MI) has created an exhibit at the Milford Public Library (MPL) in Milford, MI for the American Numismatic Association (ANA) National Coin Week (NCW). However, this year, MPL has closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus until at least April 5, 2020, and probably longer. So, I'm deconstructing our exhibit for this year and putting the text and some photos on my ANA Blog in case we may not be able to create an actual exhibit at MPL from April 19 -25, 2020.

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20 Mar 2020

Women in Numismatics and in History

National Coin Week | Big Nub Numismatics

As I sat with my computer thinking of a woman to properly research for this years national coin week, a few names bounced around in my head. Marie Curie- A scientist known for her work in radioactive elements, Emmy Noether- A mathematician and theoretical physicist, and Joan Clark- a mathematician and cryptanalyst known for her work with Alan Turing. As I tried to decide which one to pursue, I looked just a tad deeper into each and when I looked into Joan Clark, I knew she was the one because not only was she a brilliant mathematician, but she was also a numismatist.

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09 Mar 2020

The Underappreciated Elizabeth Fulhame

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

In the social sciences, a catalyst is a person or event that hastens a change. And many catalysts have been women. For example, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, progressive reformer Jane Addams founded settlement houses and was the catalyst that hastened a change in the way poor industrialized workers were treated and created the profession of social work.

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