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Russia is an enormous country, with a long, rich numismatic history. Even better for collectors, Russian coins are generally very affordable, and frequently have the “wow!” factor that numismatists look for in attractive, unusual coins.
The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge was opened to the public in November 1936, furnishing the occasion for a commemorative half dollar and its distribution.
The United States Mint recently released its selections for the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters designs. Next year’s coins will celebrate parks including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, and others.
For a while, after 1928, the Great Depression put a damper on the production of commemorative coins in the United States. But in 1934, a number of commemorative half dollars were created and released, including the Texas Centennial Half Dollar.
Check your collections! An example of the 1998 American Eagle silver bullion coin has been found struck on a commemorative silver dollar planchet.
When Curiosity landed on Mars on August 6, 2012, it brought with it a classic United States coin, paying tribute to a long tradition where geologists use a small recognizable object to help determine the scale of things in photographs. Slowly, the 1909 Lincoln cent has become covered with Martian dust.
Hong Kong’s reunification with China was not only a turbulent time in history, but also in the numismatic world, as silver Panda coins became sought-after collectibles, seen at the time as a sound investment.
The United States Mint has unveiled the design for the reverse of 2014′s Native American $1 coin. This is the sixth in the series of dollar coins honoring the many significant contributions made by Native American tribes and individuals to the United States and her culture and history.
Most historians agree that the animal depicted was modeled after Black Diamond, a captive in the Central Park Menagerie, New York City, not out West where the buffalo, er, bison, roam.