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Who buried the Saddle Ridge Hoard?
The Saddle Ridge Hoard, a cache of valuable gold coins discovered by
a couple out on a hike in 2013, excited the collector community when
its existence was revealed. However, a mystery remains: Who buried the coins?
California Gold Rush specialist Dan Owens looks at contemporary
public records from the late 19th century in an effort to uncover any
possible candidates. To learn what he found out, read his feature
article, exclusive to the print and digital editions of the March 19
issue of Coin World.
A ‘full torch’ designation is important on what coin?
Collectors of modern U.S. coin series have increasingly focused on
well-struck examples, with full details ever more important. For
collectors of the Roosevelt dime series, the detail on the torch on
the reverse of the coin is the focal point, writes Scott Schechter in
his “Making Moderns” column.
Well-struck Roosevelt dimes with full details can earn a “full
torch” designation from major third-party grading services. To learn
why collectors like these coins with strong strikes, and what to look
for on Roosevelt dimes, be sure to read his column in the print or
Brutal fight recalled on so-called dollar medals
“Prize fights were illegal in the United States and Great Britain
during much of the 19th century, but that didn’t stop two
bare-knuckled brawlers from going at it for more than two hours in a
bruising battle that became known as the fight of the century,” writes
Gerald Tebben in his “Coin Lore” column.
The April 17, 1860, boxing match between America’s John Heenan and
England’s Tom Sayers outside of London was illegal, and well-attended
until the police arrived to break up the slugfest. Two so-called
dollar medals depict the prizefighters and recall the brutality of the event.
Jefferson 5-cent coin rolls deserve a search
Collectors who like to search rolls of coins for interesting finds
should not ignore the Jefferson 5-cent coin, writes Bill O’Rourke in
his “Found in Rolls” column. However, he writes, “It has been my
experience that when I mention looking through 5-cent coins, noses
turn up, and I am left defending myself and explaining why I like to
search through as many as I can.”
In his latest column, he explains why he likes the series and
details some of the unusual and older finds he made recently. Learn
what he discovered in his column, exclusive to the digital and print
editions of the March 19 issue of Coin World.