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14 Sep 2020

Fun Coin Stories from History

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Hi again, TheNumisMaster here. One of the major things I love most about the best hobby in the world, are the obscure stories and rumors surrounding various coins, and the people associated with them. (Man, does that make you sound like a geek, or what?).

One of my favorite rumors from history is based around George Washington. Shortly after the revolutionary war was won, America was born. T his brand new America was thrown into an unfamiliar process while being $85 million in debt. Because of this debt, and the fact that the early government could not tax its people yet, we had no money to mint new silver coins, let alone the silver needed. In 1783 the Government had already approved the design for the quint, and those were in production. However, they simply did not have the silver needed for the half-disme. (Pronounced deem). The rumor is that when brand new president George Washington heard this, he snuck into his kitchen one afternoon, and melted down Martha (his wife's) fine silverware, and donated the silver for use of the mint.

Another good one is a story that took place in or shortly after 1933, when the executive order was initiated which ordered that gold coins must be turned in to be melted into gold bars (those which currently sit in Fort Knox). A man working at the office in charge of collecting said coins wanted some of these gold coins for himself. He was thoroughly checked while entering and leaving to make sure he wasn't keeping any, but this did not stop him. One day, while going into work, he noticed a dead rat on the ground. With a plan in mind, he left the rat where it was (like any sane person) and went to work as usual. When he left, sure enough, the rat remained where it was. The next day, he hid the rat in his pocket, and later proceeded to stuff the rat with $5 and $20 gold coins. When no one was watching, he would throw the valuable rat out the 3rd story window, and retrieve it when he left. It was ingenious really, I mean, who would touch a dead rat? Besides the man who wants to stuff it will gold, of course. This went on for weeks, before one day, the rat couldn't take the pressure anymore, and burst on impact with the ground. The man was was arrested upon leaving the building.

Please leave any other fun stories you are aware of in the comments, and I'll include them in #2 (:

Comments

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 4

It is great to read the history and stories surrounding Numismatics.

CentSearcher

Level 5

Wow. Both stories are hilarious! I do not have anything for you, but when I remember one I will let you know

"SUN"

Level 5

I like obscure stories also

DaNumisMasta

Level 5

Nice. Know any good ones?

Stumpy

Level 5

Geek on Pally! Love the blog. Keep up the good work.

Golfer

Level 5

I can't believe George Washington would do that to his wife. I have always enjoyed the story about people gold plating the Liberty nickel to make it look like a 5 dollar gold coin. Those were the days. The rat story was good.

DaNumisMasta

Level 5

Thank you. I'll do some research on that, it sounds interesting!

That would be one heavy rat, lol! I've never heard the second story, boy would that have been a sight to see.

DaNumisMasta

Level 5

IKR?

Mike

Level 7

The famous nickle that brought down a spy ring! The paper boy was making his rounds collecting his pay. He got to the bottom of the steps and it dropped it broke into two. He picked it up and there was micro film in it. They brought it to the police and then to the F.B.I. When I wrote this blog I had the address in Brooklyn the kids name and I was it in the F.B.I. building and saw it. Also the name of the spy. They made two movies about it one was The F.B.I. And the one with the bridge were we exchanged our spy plane pilot for the spy. I think Tom Hanks was in it.. All true. Ok the paper boy name was Jimmy Bozart. Worked for the Brooklyn Eagle. The spy Rudolf Abel lived at 3403 Foster Ave.. That's it.

DaNumisMasta

Level 5

Haha, i"ll check into that one!

Mokie

Level 6

LOL, not sure about that rat story, they would still be weighing the gold daily to ensure it was all there and that rat couldnt't last more than one trip through the window, in fact, I would think it would burst on impact with all that gold weight. Oh well, fun to ponder. As for Martha, George would have gotten a serious earful if he had pulled that stunt but he Did cut down that cherry tree so anythings possible with incorrigible George.

DaNumisMasta

Level 5

Indeed XD

I. R. Bama

Level 5

And boy was Martha mad about it too! LOL! That second story is a hoot too. I can see going for it once, but after the second round of this that rat must have been getting ripe. His coworkers must have hated seeing him come in to work.....

DaNumisMasta

Level 5

XD

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