Author Archives: Robert R. Van Ryzin

$2 notes still waiting to catch on

I started collecting in 1976. I had some coins prior to that, but I did not get interested in the hobby until then. It wasn’t what got me started, but it was about the same time as the new $2 … Continue reading

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J.S.G. Boggs challenged perceptions of money

Shown below is a work by money artist J.S.G. Boggs. He died recently, at age 62. In the 1990s, I wrote extensively about Boggs, having initially found reference to an upcoming exhibit of his work in Tampa, Fla. I called … Continue reading

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Gold worries: ‘Shaving’ and wear were once a concern

In the early 20th century, when gold coins were still in regular circulation, it was a much different world in making change. Though perhaps not widespread, there was always the chance your gold coin had been “shaved” of some its … Continue reading

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Gold rich in history

The March 2017 issue of Coins magazine focuses heavily on U.S. gold coins. R.W. Julian tells the story of the first gold $20s, those with James B. Longacre’s design gracing them. Mike Thorne explores the world of gold $1s. Both … Continue reading

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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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