Originally posted on Past & Present:
You’re in charge of the mail for a newly-independent country following a brutal war and an extended time of chaos. You need to create stamps as soon as possible, but most of the paper was used in the war. What do you do? ? ? This was exactly the…

Originally posted on Past & Present:
? Metal detectorists come across many unusual items from bygone ways of life on their expeditions. Spindle whorls are common, as are shoe buckles. One of the most interesting items, though, are coin weights. ? Coin weights were used for centuries to ensure the quality of precious metal coinage,…

Originally posted on Past & Present:
Sometimes ordinary days become days that change history. And often, it’s the ordinary people who do the changing. ? On the morning of November 7, 1907, a railroad brakeman named Jesús Garcia Corona went to work, as usual. He worked on the train line that ran between Nacozari, Sonora,…

Originally posted on Past & Present:
On August 2, 1909 people began lining up to get their hands on the freshly minted Lincoln Cent that was to replace the Indian Head Cent.  There was such demand for this coin because it was the first American coin to feature a real historical person on its obverse,…

Originally posted on Past & Present:
We use coins constantly, even if half of them disappear into the couch cushions. But think about it — who designed the images on these coins that we’re so familiar with? Sometimes coins are designed with the artistic qualities in mind – and sometimes not. In the early 20th…

Originally posted on A Detailed House:
With two little ones running around the house, I am always picking things up off the floor. I am amazed, though, by the sheer number of coins! Granted, we play “store” a lot, which involves a cash register, spare change, and my youngest setting up “shop” where ever I…

Originally posted on Past & Present:
These top five coins are the most expensive coins out there. Currency is a funny thing — sometimes, thanks to government mishaps or indecision or even rogue goldsmiths, currency turns out to be worth much more than its original value. Here we present to you the five most valuable…