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23 Apr 2015

Throwback Thursday: The secret mark on the 1875 Indian Head cent

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Today, if an employee is suspected of stealing from the workplace, the company is able to look through security footage to trace suspicious behavior. But in 1875, there were no security cameras to track theft. Instead, the Philadelphia Mint marked a die and checked the pockets of the employee to see if the marked coins were in an employee’s possession.

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16 Apr 2015

Throwback Thursday: the first lady of the ANA

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Lucy May Heath is well-known in the numismatic community because of her famous husband, Dr. George F. Heath who founded the ANA and first published The Numismatist. (For more information about Dr. Heath, read the Throwback Thursday blog.) However, Lucy Heath was much more than a faithful wife. Born on May 31, 1856, in St. Clair County, Illinois, she worked on the family farm until she was 16 years old. Her family then briefly lived in Warrensburg, Missouri, but soon after moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan. She met George and the two married on Christmas Day in 1876.

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09 Apr 2015

Throwback Thursday: Thank you Aubrey and Adeline Bebee

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The ANA would not be where it is today if it weren’t for dedicated numismatists Aubrey and Adeline Bebee. The above photo features the couple at the 1956 Chicago ANA Convention. Their many contributions to the hobby and to the Money Museum have benefitted collectors across the country.

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02 Apr 2015

Throwback Thursday: “Didn’t we have fun?”

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The 1946 ANA Convention took place in Davenport, Iowa. During the opening ceremonies the mayor, A. R. Kroppach, addressed the crowd and started his speech by saying, “I told my son I was to offer an address of welcome at the American Numismatic Association, and he wondered what form of rheumatism that was. I suppose you’ve heard that one before.” The crowd laughed and the show was off to a great start.

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19 Mar 2015

Throwback Thursday: The first ANA convention badge

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The American Numismatic Association was established in 1891, and in that same year the first ANA convention took place in Chicago. However, it wasn’t until 17 years and 8 conventions later that the first convention badge was produced.

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12 Mar 2015

Throwback Thursday: The third ANA President

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Augustus Goodyear Heaton was born April 28, 1844, in Philadelphia. He served as the third ANA President from 1894-1899 following William G. Jerrems Jr. and George F. Heath. Heaton is noted for his outstanding artwork, his numismatic publications and his numerous contributions to the ANA and to the hobby.

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05 Mar 2015

Throwback Thursday: The ANA Headquarters

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The American Numismatic Association was established in 1891 when founder George F. Heath called upon the public asking for letters in favor of establishing the ANA. He wrote, “What’s the matter of having an American Numismatic Association? Would it be possible? Would it be practical? All in favor of such a scheme, send in your names.” Many collectors wrote in and pledged their support to the association.

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26 Feb 2015

Throwback Thursday: the 10th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint

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If you carry loose change there’s a strong chance you’re carrying Frank Gasparro’s artwork in your pocket. Pull out your coins and check for a cent with the Lincoln Memorial on the reverse. If you do, take a moment to look it over because you’re holding Gasparro’s pride and joy.

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19 Feb 2015

Throwback Thursday: Coins for A's

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The Coins for A’s program began in 2011 and in just 4 years it has come a long way. When the program began, there were only 60 kids involved. Now, there are 800 students sending in their report cards to receive a world coin from the ANA.

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