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28 Jun 2018

What Cows (and some other weird things) Have To Do With Numismatics

Odd & Curious Money | Jonas's Coins

As Wikipedia states it, Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, and related objects. So basically it’s the study of money. And PBS’s website tells us that 11 thousand to 8 thousand years ago, cows were used as money. That means that the Smithsonian’s “National Numismatic Collection” must have cows in it, right? And they must be keeping those cows at the National Zoo Petting Zoo, So that means that the petting zoo is a money museum. Ok, I guess they probably don’t have any cows as part of their numismatic collection, but here are some weird objects used as money in the Ancient World.

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11 Apr 2018

What A Day To Shop The Good And The Bad

Odd & Curious Money | Mike 271

Well everyone how are you today. What is going on with our currency. My wife had to go to the store to pick some things up. As we always do i check the change when she gets home. So she gave it to me and asked her were she went she told me and i said this has never happened to me in my life of collecting. So she asked and I said well they stuck you with a fake twenty dollar bill. As soon as I touched it I knew. The paper was terrible. There was no threads. No water marks. No security strip. That should be light was dark and opposite. No intense small writing some of the words actually looked coloured in. I can go on look at the green seal. That's sad. These guys didn't even try. The reverse the same. You can probably see some things I gave up looking there is just to much. Then I told my lovely wife she has to take it to the bank and fill out some forms. A sad ending to this part.

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24 Mar 2018

Gem City Business College Rare Educational Note

Odd & Curious Money | Mike 271

Hi everyone. Well another piece of currency. This currency was used for teaching in Business Colleges back in the 1800's. I was shocked when I saw some of the prices. There is one on eBay going for a surprising amount because it's from Notre Dame University. It looks like it's been thrown in a washer and dryer then put under a rock. The funny part is it's raw. When I saw the prices based on the condition of this note i was also shocked. I don't know if some of the prices are based on were it came from because I have seen a wide gap. Two sites have it very high and two others more reasonable. One site calls it the famous bee hive note. In the right hand corner you will see a bee hive. Now there are other notes not many with this but this is called the famous bee hive note. The author did not explain why. Now search the net if you have a name of a college you might find one but there is a market for them. Now anyone who who collects notes kindly leave some info on these. This particular note just seems to be every where. I bid on because my friend decided not to. If you and your friend have the same interest check with each other if you see a note you both might like. You just might loose a friend if you don't. I sent many messages to my friend till i was convinced he was not going to bid. You should do that with coins also. Always check it's common courtesy that's all it is. Makes things easier. Don't forget to click on the pictures so y o u see the whole note. It's marked as New. Now that's good like I said with the last note some take a beating very fast. So i hope you enjoyed this note. I'm branching out a little till I get my last token in the Coventry set. Take care and enjoy. Thanks for reading Mike.

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23 Dec 2017

Pismo Beach Clam Money: the local scrip currency of 1933

Odd & Curious Money | Joshua

During the great depression of the 1930s most Americans had lost confidence in the US banking system as many saw their savings vanish when dozens of banks closed as a result of the wall street crash. When President Franklin Roosevelt was sworn into office on March 4th of 1933 he promised to rebuild the nations confidence in their banking system. Two days later on March 6th he ordered all banks to close for 3 days to allow the newly elected congress time to act. However, closures would continue on for longer than the allotted 3 days, and it would not be until a week later that American citizens were able access banking services once again.

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05 Sep 2017

1863 2 cent coin, (This is not a real prototype)

Odd & Curious Money | user_32035

Can anyone help me out in identifying this coin??? It is a 1863 2 cent coin. Been to three different coin dealers and no one can tell me much about it. If you can help me I would appreciate it greatly. It is 1.5 inches wide. Copper plated with some type of alloy that is unknown. Weight is .94 oz. or 26.4 grams. It is too heavy to be aluminum. It is a mold or some type of stamped coin. I can email anyone more pictures if needed or for the curious ones. I'm new at this so please bare with me at posting my first time..

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23 Aug 2017

pictures are back

Odd & Curious Money | Conan Barbarian

For the people that have consistently read my blogs i love posting a picture on every one of them. for the past few weeks i was unable to upload any pictures for my blogs due to some technical difficulties but thanks to the people at the ANA i am now able to post pictures but i will try and keep them no more than 2 per blog. these 2 pics were from the eclipse (the first if you look at the bottom of the glow to the left you can see the crescent of the sun) and the second i took through the solar eclipse glasses (even though they advised against it) it wouldn't hurt to take a couple . so i will try to post a picture here and there and maybe share some from Colorado and the WFM if possible in future blogs.

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04 Nov 2016

The $1,000 Penny Treasure Hunt

Odd & Curious Money | Brian

Pennies, America's most worthless coin. When the initial Lincoln Cents were released in 1909, they were worth about as much as a modern quarter. However, after over a hundred years of inflation, the value of the penny has significantly dropped, it now costing 80% more of the face value just to make them. Half of all new pennies are removed from circulation each year, falling behind couch pillows, being left at the bottom of purses, falling into gutters, etc. Some countries have even eliminated their pennies altogether. Now that we have the backstory of the penny and it's decline, it's time to talk about this "treasure hunt" I mentioned in the title. As a numismatist, whenever I see a coin lying on the sidewalk, I pick it up to check the year, mintmark, and condition. But recently even I have stopped picking up pennies, bending down and picking them up isn't really worth it anymore, especially in major cities. However, Ally Bank is trying to change that. 100 fake pennies have been placed across 10 major US cities, and if you find one, you can redeem them for $1,000 on the Ally Lucky Penny website linked below in the sources. The part that really stuck out to me was that even if you redeem one, you get to keep the penny, and they may hold some numismatic value in the future since only 100 will be made. You can find them in Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Austin, Detroit, Charlotte, Washington DC, and where I'm keeping an eye out, New York City. Hints are being posted to Ally Banks social media accounts so if you want to find one, check those every one in a while. Happy hunting!

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