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31 Dec 2017

**Next Stop, TheTwilight Zone!**

Coins-United States | Kepi

It's New Years Eve today and traditionally, also "The Twilight Zone" marathon as well! I grew up with these old sci-fi classics and must admit I love watching them again once a year. So I found Season #1, Episode #17 dated from 1960 really interesting and fun??? Titled "The Fever"... The story line is Flora and Franklin Gibbs head for Las Vegas for a two night all expenses paid vacation that Flora won in a contest. Franklin is not impressed with the whole idea, especially the casinos in which everyone just throws their money away in the slot machines! Poor fools he calls them! Even poor Flora while putting a nickel in a slot gets read the riot act by Franklin. Heading up to their room, a drunken gambler gives Franklin a dollar ( A SILVER DOLLAR!) and insist's that he play the slot machine. Franklin wins and thus begins his decent into Twilight Zone Madness!!! After a 24 hour binge on the slot machine and loosing all his money, in his crazed state he jumps out of the hotel room window ending his life and the Las Vegas vacation... Cool huh! Now to get to the point of my blog. There were real SILVER DOLLARS everywhere...Peace Dollars and Morgans Dollars... in the slots, on the card tables, being used just as if it was normal! But wait...it used to be normal!

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15 Nov 2017

Numismatics in Movies

Coins-United States | Conan Barbarian

one of my most favorite movies of all time had a hint of numismatics that literally changed the entire plot of the movie. the movie, UHF, written and staring the one and only Weird Al is one of the funniest comedies out there but one of the heros of the story has one of the smallest amounts of screen time. this character is a bum who is begging for money on a street corner when a fairly wealthy man tries to mock him by only handing him 1 cent and what do you know that that one cent is a 1955 DD cent worth thousands of dollars. The homeless man instantly recognizes the cent and knows its worth and doesn't hesitate to cash out on this opportunity. this fairly insignificant action done by the wealthy business owner turns both the bum's life around but also the protagonist. i will not give away the ending of the movie but i love the incorporation of the infamous cent within this very comical movie. i strongly recommend watching it or put it on a must watch list but the movie is called UHF and incorporates this small aspect of numismatics very cleverly into the film.

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03 Dec 2002

ANA plays a bit part in new Speilberg/Hanks film

News | ANA Official Post | jfletcher

The American Numismatic Association Money Museum supplied several French franc notesfrom the 1960s for use in Steven Spielberg's newest film, Catch Me If You Can, starring TomHanks and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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