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New Orleans Mint Takeover

The ability to issue money is one of the major acts to legitimize any nation.  For the short-lived Confederate States of America, a fully operating mint had already been in operation since 1838. January 26, 1861 Louisiana’s secession from the … Continue reading

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The Big Bills Are Pulled

Once upon a time, the US Treasury issued $100,000 currency notes. These were the highest denomination banknotes ever issued by the government.  The notes were not placed in general circulation; they were intended for internal transactions, like bank transfers. The … Continue reading

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Susan B. Anthony Dollars

I emptied my pockets after returning from a road trip yesterday and sorted my change.  That’s when I noticed that someone had given me a small dollar coin instead of a quarter.  Upon closer examination, I noticed that it was … Continue reading

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The Dollar Becomes Official

Like many kids, I was taught about money and that it “doesn’t grow on trees”.  Because dad’s hobby was numismatics, the collecting of monetary objects, I received thumbnail histories of the major forms of money. I think I was seven … Continue reading

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Nickels And Half Dimes

I’m sure that the vast majority of people living in the United States associate the name “nickel” with five-cents. We learn the names of coins early in our lives. Pennies, nickels, and dimes are the first money we handle. The … Continue reading

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