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- Letters to the Editor (4/7/2015) Coins cleaned, but carefullyI have cleaned coins, but generally avoid doing so. I once put together a 20th century type set and birth year set for my daughter, and I cleaned some of the coins just for presentation purposes. They were all common date c...
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Author Archives: Robert R. Van Ryzin
I a couple of months ago I wrote in Coins magazine that if I had one dream coin it would be the new ultra-high relief Saint-Gaudens gold $20 being released next year by the U.S. Mint. Recently, having attended the … Continue reading
Having done plenty of research into the topic of who were the models for the Buffalo nickel, I’m convinced that Isaac Johnny John (Chief John Big Tree) was not a model for the coin, despite his claims otherwise. I make … Continue reading
In next week’s episode of “Collecting Money,” on Coin Chat Radio, I plan to do a piece about Josh Tatum and the 1883 Liberty Head nickel. Tatum, a deaf mute, who reputedly gold-plated thousands of the first Liberty Head nickels … Continue reading
I ran into this interesting little tidbit that appeared originally in the Oct. 16, 1873 issue of the Philadelphia North American, while doing some research. Apparently the introduction of the new Trade dollar, which had been authorized earlier that year … Continue reading
You can’t please everybody, and if you’re a coin designer you’re sure to attract your share of critics. Today, James Earle Fraser’s Buffalo nickel is considered a classic, but at the time of its release, in 1913, not everyone was … Continue reading
Recently, U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy said, “We want to spur the highest level of artistic excellence in American coin design.” He made the statement along with the announcement of the Mint’s plans to recreate the 1907 Saint-Gaudens ultra high … Continue reading
Coin Chat Radio goes live today at 11 a.m. Central at coinchatradio.com Give a listen. I think we have some interesting features in our first show. Future broadcasts will at 11 a.m. Central on Thursdays.
Well, the rats have been cleaned out of the Old San Francisco Mint. No, these weren’t disreputable people. Rather, they were real rats, according to a report datelined Feb. 18 from the San Francisco Chronicle by Anastasia Ustinova.Ustinova quotes Erik … Continue reading
I’m back from my trip to Minneapolis and the opening of the Anders Zorn (see prior posting for details) at the Swedish American Institute. It was fun, and I was able to snap shots that will come in handy in … Continue reading