Monthly Archives: August 2015

Should “In God We Trust” Still Be Used On U.S. Currency?

“In God We Trust.” Regardless of your religious beliefs, this motto is in your home and quite possibly in your pocket right now. These four words have appeared on U.S. money since 1864, when the motto was first engraved on the two-cent coin. But how and why was the phrase added?   Origins of the… Read more »

The Doomed Spanish Treasure Fleet of 1715

With a slight breeze riffling the water, twelve ships set sail from Havana. Eleven were bound for Spain, loaded with gold and silver. Among them were the flagship Capitana and Urca de Lima. The twelfth ship was the Griffon, a French merchant vessel that had been detained in port. Afraid that word would leak of… Read more »

Coins That Shined at the ANA World’s Fair of Money

2015 World's Fair

It’s impossible to overstate how important money is to people all around the world. It buys food, clothing, shelter, entertainment and much, much more. But for rare coin and currency aficionados, money is sometimes used to buy rare money! One of the world’s largest stages for coins and currency is the American Numismatic Association World’s… Read more »

Augustus Saint-Gaudens: American Coin Sculptor

Augustus Saint Gaudens

Coin enthusiasts far and wide appreciate the groundbreaking design of the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. This Beaux-Arts wonder was meant to bring U.S. currency into the twentieth century, and its beauty remains unmatched. The story of the man behind the gold coin is equally impressive, though not as well known. Augustus Saint-Gaudens was born in Dublin,… Read more »

Rare Silver Coin Discovered in Donation Jar

Most people don’t think twice about tossing their spare change into a donation jar. But every once in a while, a truly remarkable coin finds its way into the pool of hundreds of other coins donated. At the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, England, volunteer Becky Jennings was tasked with sorting through coins that had… Read more »