Best of Blogs feature highlights a few of Coin World's
interesting blog posts from staff and columnists over the last month.
the links to read the full posts.
Souvenir post cards showcase early 20th century
world coin designs: Coin World’s Jeff Starck writes
that the summer American Numismatic Association convention in Illinois “was a
veritable numismatic buffet, providing another opportunity to
increase my collection.” Perhaps his neatest acquisition was a pair
of “colorful post cards featuring coin designs from Brazil and
France. These post cards are from a successor to a series issued for
use by cambists (a fancy word for money changers).” Today foreign
currency exchange rates are available widely in print and online,
but 100 years ago, people were on their own when it came to
exchanging kroners or marks for pounds or pesetas. Each card depicts
coins of a particular nation and their exchange rates in various
other currencies. “These post cards are adjuncts to world coin
collecting, and are certainly more affordable than the coins that
they show. (Each post card cost $20.) And they are worth a prominent
space on my desk.”
Internet and numismatic (mis)information: Dealer Bradley Karoleff operates
four “brick and mortar” stores in the Cincinnati area, which means
he is in nearly daily contact with the public — one often
“uninformed” by the Internet. He finds himself frequently having to
explain to a customer that, for example, an 1885 Morgan dollar is
not as valuable as an 1885 Trade dollar.
for bitcoins? Yes, that's a thing: Joe O’Donnell reports that a
precious metals and rare coins firm is now letting its customers
purchase its cold, hard currency with nonphysical, virtual currency.
The firm, which sells physical bullion pieces, accepts Bitcoin,
Dogecoin and Litecoin virtual currency payments.
dilemma: what to add to standard price guides: William T.
Gibbs has long fielded questions about error and variety coins from
Coin World readers, and has found that many collectors and
noncollectors wonder why standard price guides list coins like the
1955 Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent but not their treasured coins.
There’s a good reason.
U.S. numismatic nudes: Gerald Tebben looks at “Five
numismatic nudes” — U.S. coins, medals and paper money that feature
images of unclothed humans. “Nudes full and partial abound in art and
sometimes on United States coins, medals and paper money,” he writes —
most famously on the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter dollar.