Presented at the January 2018 Club meeting during show-n-tell by Herb Schmidt

On March 3, 1901 President William McKinley signed legislation calling for a Centennial Exhibition in St Louis to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.  Unfortunately he would never see the celebration he called for because on Sept 1st at the Pan-American Exhibition, McKinley fell to an assassin’s bullet, dying thirteen days later.

The Columbian Exposition was run by a group called the Board of Gentleman Mangers. This situation was totally unacceptable to Susan B Anthony and the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association. So with their agitation a Board of Lady Managers was created.

Some good history on the United States Mint and our Coinage.

It was 1951, and the legislation for the Booker T Washington half dollars built in ending deadline was reached. Congress was probably thankful that the last commemorative half dollar was now history.

The Columbian Exposition in Chicago was going to be a spectacular event. Marking the four hundredth anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s discovery of America, and the first World’s Fair to be held in the United States. The exposition was huge, over 600 acres and over 200 buildings.

In order to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal and the linking of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, an international exposition was to be held in 1915 in California. The Exposition was authorized in 1913, but the legislation authorizing the commemorative coins to be struck and sold at the exposition was later in coming, much later.

The second coin called for in the January 16th 1915 act authorizing coins to commemorate the Exposition and the opening of the Panama Canal was the gold dollar.

On January 21, 1915 four artists were awarded the right to design one of the coins for the Pan-Pacific International Exposition.

To mark the turn of the century an exhibition/worlds fair was held in Paris in 1900.  In addition to the exposition the city was also hosting the second Olympic games.  Between these two events turnout to the exposition was expected to be very heavy.

A brief video provided by the History Channel's Modern Marvels about the modern minting process. Some really good info. I may take a few seconds for the video to load, but well worth the wait.

Recently on Facebook I saw an article entitled "Go Check Your Change Right Now. If You Have One Of THESE Quarters, You’ll Be $300 Richer…"

Very often we hear from a new collector who will discover a Roosevelt dime in their change and after some googling they will ask if it’s worth thousands of dollars.

The year was 1937, the seventy-fifth anniversary of the bloodiest day in US history to that time. In Hagerstown, Maryland the Washington County Historical Society, and the United States Antietam Celebration Committee

Many countries have had periods of inflation.  We don’t know about them if they don’t show up in our news.

EUROCurrencyOn January 1, 1999 the Euro was introduced to all the countries of the European Currency Union.  

If you are interested in collecting coin errors this video is a great place to start.

1911WheatCentJunior club member Drew Hankins won the junior auction for a group of wheat cents in the June 2015 junior numistmatist auction. It came with the condition that he had to find the oldest cent in the bunch and then give a presentation on that year at the next month's meeting.

zimbabweBondCoinageOn April 18, 1980 Southern Rhodesia became the independent country of Zimbabwe.

How many of you have received advertising like this that came to me in the mail? They are from the American Mint 5051 Louise Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. The following is my analysis of the material. You make your own decision.

1963She was born in London on April 21, 1926. She grew up with the affectionate nickname "Lilibet". Her grandmother Mary supervised her training for the duties she would some day assume.

1894GermanNewGuinea1PfennigIt’s May 4th and the television just indicated that a 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurred in Papua New Guinea.


A brief history of the United States cent which aired on CBS

A brief video on the art of United States Coinage which aired on CBS.

Canada 1996 2DollarsThe first bimetallic coin may have been made in the ancient Axumite Empire when a small dab of gold was placed in the center of an already minted bronze coin.