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- Letters to the Editor (Oct. 6, 2015) Writings of Asian languages differI am writing this in response to Klaus Schwalfenberg’s letter in the Sept. 8 issue of Numismatic News.To us Westerners, the characters and symbols of the Asian languages, specifically Chinese, Japanese, and Ko...
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Author Archives: Alan Herbert
I’ve been told that the 1912-S “V” nickels were a last-minute idea. When were they actually struck? Continue reading
Did Adolph A. Weinman have any specific reason for picking the fasces for the reverse of the Mercury dime? Continue reading
Was there a special source for the silver used for the Washington commemorative half dollar? Continue reading
Please explain the symbolism involved in the Saint-Gaudens design on the U.S. $20 gold? Continue reading
I’ve noticed some kind of grease on the coins I’ve taken from new rolls. Any idea of the source? Continue reading
What is a “posthole bank?” I’ve seen the term in connection with stories of coin finds with a metal detector. Continue reading
Why are so many of the old large cents holed? Many have one hole, but I’ve seen several with two holes in them. Continue reading
Contrary to some published reports that they were widely called “silver,” “steel” or even “zinc” cents, by far the most common slang term for them was “lead” cents. The public equated them to the still common lead counterfeits of the Depression years. Continue reading
What’s the story on President Taft’s head appearing on the first Buffalo nickels? Continue reading