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23 Nov 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Exonumia | coinfodder

Ah yes, Thanksgiving. Time when we give thanks for our blessings, eat a FEAST in honor of them, plus or minus creating a shopping list for the shopping bonanza ahead. Today, we look at the origins of Thanksgiving and what made it happen.One day, a ship originally headed for Virginia, on November 19th, 1620, landed at Plymouth Rock in present-day Massachusetts. These people (now known as the pilgrims) were escaping religious persecution in their homeland of England, having bounced back- and- forth from Holland and England. After landing at Plymouth Rock (which I have actually seen; not that impressive), they set up camp.The winter was brutal that year. Normally sound people decided to settle in Massachusetts, causing the death of many in the winter. Disease was rampant through the colony. Living sucked. To escape religious shaming to get to cold and freezing temperatures didn't seem like a good idea at the time.The next spring, a Wampanoag and Squanto came along the struggling town and saw the condition. They had allowed them to settle there in the first day due to the fact that they felt that the English would protect the city from rival nations. What appalled them was the farming techniques used by the European's. The techniques that worked in England and Europe didn't work on Cape Cod. The tribe taught the Pilgrim's methods of farming that was better than the European method. One of my favorite methods was using dead fish as fertilizer for plants. Odd, but, it worked really well, and the pilgrims thrived.As a show of thanks the following November, the settlers had a feast to celebrate the harvest. The Wampanoag came over with 90 Indians to see what the ruckus was. Turned out it was a feast, and the settlers had no way to accommodate for them. So, the tribe went hunting, and after that, was three days of celebration.The Thanksgiving traditions we know today came from the declaration from President Abe Lincoln in 1863, feeling it would unite the nation, which was dealing with a heavy war.What are your favorite Thanksgiving memories? What is your favorite food from the feast? Tell us below. Happy Thanksgiving, fodder.

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11 Nov 2020

The Fifty States of Coinage- Part 14- Indiana

Coins-United States | coinfodder

Hello folks! And today we cross the Wabash into the Hoosier State.HISTORYIndiana was first settled by the Paleo-Indians after the glaciers melted. In 1673, Cavalier and La-Salle reach the present-day South Bend on the Saint Joseph River. The French fur-traders followed them into the the area around South Bend and the Wabash River. In 1732, Sieur de Vincennes built a trading post near the present-day Fort Wayne, and later building a town which he would name after himself. In 1779, the region became a hotspot, as George Roger Clark's ragtag group of men captured Vincennes and Fort Sackville from a much larger group of Redcoats. In 1811, the region became a hotspot in the Indian Expansion Wars, particularly the battle of Tippecanoe, which sent William Henry Harrison into popularity. Later during the war, great Indian chief Tecumseh was killed during the battle of Battle of Thames. Finally, in 1816, Indiana became a state. During the Civil War, the state rallied one of the biggest responses for troops, and was the subject for Morgan's Raid in 1863.During the Great Depression, many farmers displaced went to California, but some went East to Indiana, causing the government to create a welfare service, which flounders dramatically. WWII revitalized the economy, with the state producing 8.5% of the nations war production.Today, Indiana is a thriving state, with massive industry and great spots to live, work, and play. The state is home also, to one of the largest Amish populations in the state, were auctions are held every Sunday for hand tools. Famous citizens of Indiana include Ambrose Burnside, Abe Lincoln, Mike Pence, James Dean, Carole Lombard, Michael Jackson (of course), Kurt Vonnegut, and Larry Bird.AND NOW, Time for the CoinsIndiana has probably the only sport's related 50 state quarter in the entire series. On the front is a outline of Indiana, with the 19 stars on the flag. And on the front, is a Indy Car, which represents the state's biggest contribution to the sporting world (I much prefer Demolition Derby). The coin also features the word "crossroads of America". The coin was released in 2002.On the ATB quarter, released in 2017, is George Rogers Clark NHP. The park memorializes the Battle of Fort Sackville, the main British Fort guarding the greater frontier. Onsite at the park is a massive stone and granite monument that looks like it belongs at the National Mall than in small town Vincennes. The coin itself, is three men, representing the soldier and French volunteers that served under Colonel Clark. Being Veterans Day, we would like to say thank you to them.Indiana has no classic commemoratives?! O no, O no, O no! Don't worry! I have another topic up my mind. Let us visit our friend Tippecanoe.William Henry Harrison was born a British subject in Virginia, in Virginia. Soon after becoming an adult, he began his military and political career, serving as governor of the Northwest Territory and as an officer in the US Army. He would soon be all over Indiana, fighting Indian tribes left and right, culminating with his series of conflicts with Tecumseh's Confederacy. These battles were the Battle of Tippecanoe, in 1811, and the Battle of Thames, were his troops killed Tecumseh himself. Afterwards, Harrison was promoted to General. After years of public service, the exhausted public servant returned to his home in North Bend, Ohio, until the Whig Party nominated him to be their presidential candidate in 1836, when he was defeated by Martin Van Buren, a New York man who had risen out of poverty, like his predecessor, Andrew Jackson. But, in 1840, running on the ticket "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too", and calling Van Buren a rich aristocrat (which wasn't true), he won.His first mistake in office happen only 5 minutes after he was inaugurated. In Washington, D.C, January 20th is usually pretty cold. But the overly proud war hero chose not to wear his overcoat, showing him as strong, as he launched an 8,000 word speech, the longest in Inaugural history. Soon after, the old man caught a cold, and died soon after, leading the less charismatic John Tyler of Virginia to become president. He would be the oldest president every elected or forced into office until Ronald Reagan took the oath in 1981.Harrison is commemorated on the $1 coin, and his wife Anna is commemorated on the $10 gold piece.¡Adios, amigos! And later, we will head to American Gothic (guess were this is)!

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04 Nov 2020

Fun With Nickels! A Brief Overview of Nickels in American Society

Coins-United States | coinfodder

Well everybody, if this looks like a paraphrased article out of a book, IT IS. Most, if not all of my information will be coming from the Mega Red Book of Coins, 3rd Edition. However, I will not be plagiarizing and this article will be from the heart. So, with that out of the way, we can begin...

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03 Nov 2020

TV Infomercials- Coins

Exonumia | coinfodder

Well today, I ran into HSN trying to pedal me a coin on YouTube. So, I threw a brick at the computer and broke it. OK, I am exaggerating, but sometimes I do really want to.Like some of us, people around the world stick on TV until 1:00 in the Morning. Maybe they just checked the nightly news, maybe they just watched the Braves lose a 3-1 lead over the Dodgers in the NLCS (/:-( WHY!), or they just home after a party and want to burn time until the morning watching TV. Whatever the case, there is a chance that you may run into a Coin Infomercial, a massively annoying ad telling you to buy a coin. Listening closely, you see that the wording of the script is purposely crafted to make you slobber over this coin.Let us do an example.Mike Browning Colt was sitting on his couch one day after watching the Falcons not know how to return an onside kick. He flipped to Fox Business channel right after the game ended. As the stock market is closed on Sunday, the channel broadcast ads instead. On of these ads featured Chuck Woolery advertising gold (no kidding- this is a real ad) at using buzzwords galore to make you attracted to gold. The next ad in the loop told this retired individual that if the economy struggled, the value of gold would go up, and selling it would help steady the guy's economic problem. Colt broke down and picked up the phone, buying a set of 2016 AGE's, for the cost of $6000.What is wrong with this?He fell for the infomercial. Now, we are going to break down the trap one by one.1)- The infomercial targeted him. I said earlier that Colt was an elderly man. The infomercial targeted elderly retirees like him, with no easy source of income. They target the financial vulnerability of the elderly retiree, and told him to buy something that would stabilize his retirement income. Because of this, the company took the desperation of the elderly, and translated them into higher prices.2)- His lack of Knowledge- As the biggest pitfall, many people pull the trigger and buy the coins before they do their research. This is the biggest pitfall of Colt. He should of done his research before he picked up the phone and bought his set of AGE's. This is a huge pitfall because if he did his research, he could of gotten the set for cheaper at another place. The company saw this and targeted him with the buzzwords and the higher price. Now that he has realized he has been scammed, he would be mad, and probably turn his back on the hobby,3)- Bait and Switch- Our friend Colt didn't fall into this, but some others did. What companies will do when you call them up is tell you that you should buy historical pieces instead. The theorize to you that the historical coins will gain in value faster than the bullion coins would, which is what most people sign up for. The company then sells those coins at ridiculous markups, which takes a long time to recover from and actually make a real profit.Now, some companies, such as the "King of Cameo" and his court, will try to trap you using a combo of buzzwords and knowledge, while also using career accolades to create the myth that this is a reputable seller. This is an even harder trap to avoid. On places like HSN, the folks there sound stupid, acting like they know something when they really don't. But people like the "King of Cameo" will swindle you and trick the unknowing customer into believing they are shopping from a reputable dealer. While they are rather trustworthy, the "reputable" look fools people into buying overpriced goods they think are at a bargain.So what do ya'll think? See ya'll later!

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