As I like to add little-known facts and diversions to my columns, I mention here some numismatic series, among paper money as well as coins, in which worn pieces are more desirable than Uncirculated examples.
The city of Taras, known to the Romans as Tarentum, was founded by Greek colonists from Sparta along a large, natural harbor on the instep of the “heel” of Italy. From the late sixth through the late third centuries B.C., Taras produced one of the most significant and interesting coinages of south Italy.
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln defeated Stephen A. Douglas for the presidency of the United States after a long and contentious campaign that also featured two additional candidates from smaller parties. Sound familiar?