Knowing your coins
Now that you have a grasp of preservation techniques for coins, you might want to familiarize yourself with the finer points of their anatomy. It is all part of your numismatic education and besides, you need to be informed and sound informed when you are buying coins at flea markets or coin fairs. You may need to talk the talk at coin fairs, but we don’t recommend you flaunt your new jargon at cocktail parties. We are under no illusions about this subject’s ability to break the ice with a prospective date and suggest you stick to light social commentary. But that’s for another blog and likely another blogger. For your own edification, take a look at our visual glossary.
The printing firms’ design teams went to work and came back with a surprising result: vertical notes.
The life expectancy of a two-dollar paper note was about a year. But coins can last for more than 10 years.
Successfully counterfeiting a bank note in the mid-19th century required an engraver with reasonably high talent and very low ethics.