Author Archives: Robert R. Van Ryzin

Steel cents disliked

During World War II, rationing of metal in the United States for the war effort impacted everyday life. For the nation’s coinage, two well known changes were put into place—the 1942-1945 war nickels and the 1943 steel cent. The new … Continue reading

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Share your “Coin Finds” with us!

If you collect, a major part of the thrill is the hunt. This is true of any collecting field and is especially so with coin and paper money collecting. I regularly watch my change and sometimes pull a silver coin … Continue reading

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Forlorn lover, ‘Old Patch,’ and beer

I was looking through some old newspaper articles on the Internet and came across an interesting full-page feature in the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer from Oct. 15, 1922 about the plans for replacing the old Bank of England with new, taller … Continue reading

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Hoodoo half dollar

I like World’s Columbian Exposition collectibles, including the glassware, plated, ribbons, etc., and, of course, the coins. I knew also that after the expo ended, large numbers of unsold Columbian Expo half dollars were placed into circulation. What I didn’t … Continue reading

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Do you use cash more than credit cards?

Editor Robert Van Ryzin wants to know: Do you use cash more than credit cards? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing Robert Van Ryzin here: Robert.VanRyzin@fwcommunity.com. … Continue reading

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Last Memphis Paper Money Show a hit

Next year a battle will likely rage between attendees of the 41st International Paper Money Show. It won’t be a battle over who has best currency. Well, it might be, but considering the new venue for the show, it’s likely … Continue reading

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Should the portraits on bills be replaced with other famous Americans?

Editor Robert Van Ryzin wants to know: Should the portraits on bills be replaced with other famous Americans? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing Robert Van … Continue reading

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Have you ever encountered a counterfeit bank note?

Editor Robert Van Ryzin wants to know: Have you ever encountered a counterfeit bank note? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing Robert Van Ryzin here: Robert.VanRyzin@fwcommunity.com. … Continue reading

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Bank notes forever tied to Wild Bunch

Pinkertons used serial numbers to track rail heist loot Just before the bank’s closing on Monday, Oct. 14, 1901, a well-dressed woman walked into The Fourth National Bank of Nashville, Tenn., where she hoped to exchange some crisp new bills … Continue reading

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Do you plan on buying more paper money this year than last year?

Editor Robert Van Ryzin wants to know: Do you plan on buying more paper money this year than last year? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing … Continue reading

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