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- Letters to the Editor (May 16, 2017) No luck cashing Travelers Cheques on vacation Karl Malden actually admonished people not to leave home without American Express Travelers Cheques. A few years ago, I took a few leftover Travelers Cheques on vacation with me and could not get anyone to cash them. A few hotel clerks did not even know what they were. I ...
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The U.S. Mint facility at West Point is recognized today as an official U.S. mint. Are gold and silver still stored there as well? The West Point Bullion Depository was known as “The Fort Knox of Silver” when it first … Continue reading
Please settle an argument. Is the “eagle” a real denomination for U.S. coins? The Act of April 2, 1792, established standards for the gold eagle, half eagle and quarter eagle denominations. The Act of March 3, 1849, authorized the double … Continue reading
Can I tour the mint at West Point? The West Point Mint is not open to the public due to the gold bullion there. Its high security means the address is not in the National Register listings of the National … Continue reading
As I was going through a container of pre-1983 Lincoln cents, several had green corrosion (verdigris?). Does this contaminate the other cents in the container? Should they be quarantined? In my experience green corrosion on Lincoln cents and other denominations … Continue reading
Wasn’t there a scandal years ago in connection with the U.S. Mint profiteering on Eisenhower proofs and special uncirculated strikes? It wasn’t so much a scandal as it was a black eye for the Mint. In testimony before Congress, the … Continue reading
What was the motivation to choose a copper-silver-manganese alloy for the so-called war nickels of 1942 to 1945? Since nickel was a critical war materiel, Congress didn’t want it being used to strike coins. The choice of the three-metal alloy … Continue reading
What was the grand total of gold coinage struck by the U.S. Mint prior to 1934? Between 1795 and 1933 the Mint struck $4,526,218,477.50 in U.S. gold coins. It also struck gold coins for other countries, and has struck more … Continue reading
Could you please give me the name and date of the legislation that authorized the production of the Peace dollar? This might be a surprise, but there never was a specific law passed to authorize the Peace dollar. A bill … Continue reading
Is there a book that lists all the U.S coin key dates? There are a number of websites that list key date coins exclusively. Coin Market at a Glance in Numismatic News lists key date coins once a month. Coin … Continue reading