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The history of United States coinage is a story that parallels the rise of America. Starting from a humble beginning in a basement in Philadelphia in the first few years of the country, it grew to a large highly sophisticated system that produces millions of coins per year. Due to a lack of silver, the first silver coins produced by the Mint came from silverware contributed by George and Martha Washington. Coins are something we take for granted today and put in jars and baskets on our night stands to accumulate for a rainy day when we need a few extra dollars. For more than half of the history of America, that wouldn't have been possible for the average citizen. It wasn't until after the Civil War that coinage became widely used for all types of transactions. Until that time, barter and money substitutes, such as tokens, script, and foreign coins, were used as a mediums of exchange. During the 1830's, and then again during the Civil War, coins were in such short supply that merchants and private individuals began producing cent-sized coins, just to make change for the day to day transactions. In America, it was legal until 1857 to use foreign money in transactions. The Spanish dollars and their fractional parts, called "bits," were very common during colonial times until the mid-1800s.
30 Minute Book SeriesEach book in the "30 Minute Book Series" is fast paced, well written, and accurate for a book that covers the topic in as much detail as a short book allows. In less than an hour, you can read or listen to the book - a perfect companion for a lunch hour or a nice distraction for a train ride home from work.
About the AuthorDoug West is a retired engineer, small business owner, and an experienced non-fiction writer with several books to his credit. His writing interests are general, with special expertise in science, biographies, numismatics, and "How to" topics. Doug has a Ph.D. in General Engineering from Oklahoma State University.
A unique guide for beginners to the world of investing in precious metals. It explains in laymans terms the weaknesses behind the present day financial system and why gold has endured throughout history. It gives clear reasons why you should be investing at least some of your savings in the worlds oldest currency and explains the various ways you can invest profitably. Some of these ways have previously been open to experts and the very wealthy only, but are now available to all. Some of the ways like digital currency are completely newly created by the internet and offer great scope for diversifying your portfolio and improving your investment returns. Unlike many books of this type, the information inside and investing options are just as valid for UK, European Union (EU) or worldwide residents as it is for US residents. An unmissable book full of money-saving information that will help you add a major pillar of safety to your investment portfolio.
"Like the old saying goes, ""Money makes the world go 'round."" We use it every day. We could not acquire most necessary items needed in daily life without it. We almost always want more of it, but for coin collectors, money is much more than a piece of metal. It is a hobby, a learning experience, and can be a lifelong obsession.There really are no hard statistics on the amount of people who collect coins in the world. Some people suggest that one out of every 10,000 people is an active coin collector. That is pretty staggering when you think about the population of the world. People have been collecting coins for years. At one time, it was called the hobby of kings, but today people from all walks of life and of all ages are maintaining coin collections.Their reasons are varied. Some like the history behind coinage. Some do it to amass a collection worthy of handing down to future generations. Still others are simply businesspeople buying and selling coins to make a living. Collecting coins can be somewhat of a treasure hunt for many. The quest for that one coin to complete their collection can be an obsession.Whatever the reason, coin collecting is a very popular hobby, one that can be pursued by all age groups. There are actually educational benefits to getting children started as coin collectors.The practice of numismatics that is, the collection and study of coins, paper money, tokens and medals, offers the collector many different areas to specialize in. With the many specializations of coins, there is a wealth of material out there for coin collectors to concentrate on which makes it such an interesting and diverse hobby.In this book, we will explore the phenomenon of coin collecting and give you ways to get started on your own collection. There are many, many nuances of the hobby and it is almost impossible to give you all the information you will need to become a seasoned collector. What we have done is give you enough to get started in this rather enjoyable activity."
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