Tagged: History

The Most Coveted Coins of the New Year

The year 2015 is almost upon us, and that means a whole new year of coins! And in addition to the annual highlights like American Golden Eagles and Chinese Pandas, there are also a bunch of awesome coins that will be issued for the first time next year. Here are some coins coming out in… Read more »

The Creepiest Coins of All Time

Most of the time, coins depict former politicians or other notable leaders. However, there are far more ghoulish and macabre coins that come to mind this time of year. Vampires, UFOs, and pirates are all featured on coins. So if you’re spellbound by creepy coins, read on—at your own risk. Romanian Dracula Coin Most of… Read more »

Great American Mines, Part Four: Weaver Gold District

When the California Gold Rush began to subside in the mid-1850s, miners started moving east. Spanish legends of rivers rich with gold in the area surrounding what is now Arizona led many miners to the region. But with little to go on besides legends, and a harsh and unforgiving landscape to explore, the miners were… Read more »

If You Find Buried Treasure, Do You Get to Keep It?

In the late 1800s southeast of what is now Phoenix, Oregon, Mr. and Mrs. Roberts hired two young boys to shovel out an old, debris-filled chicken coop. During the job, the boys found a seemingly innocuous tin can buried beneath the hen house. Lugging it out, they realized it was extremely heavy. They guessed it… Read more »

Great American Mines, Part 2: The Keystone Mine

It’s the late 1840s in central California. No way to describe this time and place in history other than the Wild West. The Gold Rush is in full swing. American settlers are fighting to establish a toehold in the rugged terrain. Many hoped to find a fortune in gold. And a few did, in the… Read more »

Historical Benjamin Franklin Document Sold

It’s two years into the French and Indian War. British troops are being defeated at nearly every turn and resources are running low. Benjamin Franklin is desperate to ensure Pennsylvania, his home state, stays safe from French attacks. So he does what needs to be done during wartime. He raises money. The transfer of funds… Read more »

Man Executed for Minting Coins

Over one thousand years ago near modern-day Cambridge, England, King Ethelbert II of East Anglia, decided to mint coins to commemorate his very successful reign. The only problem was that doing so signaled his independence from the King of Mercia. Offa, the king, didn’t like this one bit. In fact, it’s largely believed that it’s… Read more »

Incredible Ancient Coin Artifacts Discovered in England

A brooch, a comb and some tweezers don’t seem like they are particularly interesting items. In fact, they can probably be found in many women’s bathrooms today. But archeologists found some of those items that were anything but ordinary on a recent dig. In what was once a Roman villa in Leicester, England, archeologists dug… Read more »

Code Talkers Finally Honored with Congressional Gold Medals

As far back as WWI, the U.S. military used ancient and rare Native American languages as codes over military radio. This was because our enemies abroad were listening. These languages were completely incomprehensible to them, making them the perfect code. The men that used these codes to convey essential information were called code talkers. Though… Read more »

How Scrip Coins Enslaved Generations of Workers

At some point in their lives, most people have worked at a job that they felt didn’t pay them what they were worth. What today’s beleaguered workforce doesn’t have to deal with, however, is getting paid in a currency that is worth next to nothing. For many years, coal miners had to put up with… Read more »