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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.
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This is a guide for people who buy and sell silver coins-on eBay, on other Internet websites, at coin shows or coin stores, or elsewhere. It is intended for those who buy or sell coins based on their investment value, rather than their design or scarcity. This book displays the bullion value of silver coins for every world nation and year of origin between 1800 and 2000. An alphabetical listings of countries and denominations (and sometimes a simple addition), shows the base value of any common silver coin. This is vital information, because many current coin guides have not recalculated bullion values, and continue to estimate coin value based on silver prices from a time when it was worth only a fraction of today's value.
For the first time, the most commonly encountered silver Roman coins can be inexpensively identified and some idea of value can be gained. Whether you are setting out to form a collection of every emperor or are already an experienced Roman Coin collector, you will not be able to put this book down! The line drawings of most obverse types mean that the legend is clear and readable in the book, and it makes a great aid to identification, as does the alphabetical list of emperors/empresses in the back of the book. This book includes an identification guide for republican coins, instructions on cleaning Roman silver coins and a list of Roman mint town mintmarks. It also includes an alphabetical list of Emperors/Caesars/Empresses and information of Roman coin grading. The book is ordered chronologically, and with the introduction of different coin types clearly mentioned, together with some historical notes, it also gives an easy to follow explanation of the Roman base metal coinage and how it changed over 750 years.
This is a "MUST READ" book for ALL Gold and Silver Investors who do not know what the best types and forms of gold and silver are to purchase. If you are somewhat new to buying precious metals it's easy to become overwhelmed and confused. After all, there are hundreds of different types of metals out there. They come in all kinds of different shapes, sizes, weights, purity, packaging, etc. It's also really easy to be "sold" something that's not necessarily in your best interest if you don't know in advance what types of metals are best for YOU. That's exactly what this book does. It clearly lays out all of the options and helps you work through the though-process of deciding what types of metals suit your needs best. I've been investing in precious metals for over 30 years. If you're not an experience metals investor, it can be very confusing trying to decide what types of metals to buy. Not knowing the best types of metals to buy and why, can prove to be very costly. This book covers everything you need to know from A to Z. It's also very easy to understand and user-friendly. This book gets right to the point. We don't waste your time with theory and never ending stories. We tell you exactly what the best types and forms of metals are for investing. You'll feel like an expert after reading this book! Here are just some of the things you will learn in this book: *Fine tuning your goals & deciding what metals are best for your situation and your needs *Proper asset allocation *Is it better to buy gold or silver? *Best types of coins to buy *Are rounds better than government coins? *Best types of bars to buy *Should you buy generic bars or name brand bars? *Numismatic collectible coins, should you buy them, the real story *Junk silver, is it right for you? *The single best and easiest way to track your metals *The precious metals investment pyramid *Best places to buy and sell your metals *Best metals for IRAs and 401Ks *Best types of IRAs and 401Ks for physical precious metals *How to dollar cost average your purchases *When and how to sell your metals & cash in on your profits *Best secrets to storing your metals to keep you off the radar and safe At the end of the book, you will also gain access to the best place I know of to buy metals at the very best prices. Invest a little time in reading this book and you will be amazed at how empowered you will feel when investing in precious metals. This book will give you the knowledge you need and using this knowledge will make you a smarter investor. Buy this book now. It will SAVE you a ton of money. Not buying this book can cost you a ton of money. Don't wait another second. Scroll up and click on the "Buy Now" button and get started on your personal gold and silver investment plan right now. It's simply too important to wait.
Have you ever wondered what your purpose was in this world? Have you wondered if it was a coincidence or something more? Many people find themselves, at one point or another, wondering about the meaning of this life and why we co-exist, but have you ever stopped to look at your own life? In this book, Coincidence or God? you will read about a story of a young man who was lured in by the darkness. He became addicted to meth for six years and almost lost his life. One night changed everything. Coincidence or God? is a life-changing, heaven-sent, transforming testimony that will help you understand the meaning of your own life. It will change everything about the way you think and live. All you have to do is be open to the idea that this life is far greater than what can be seen with the naked eye. There is a world so beautiful that even your own eyes can't view it. There is a place where everyone knows your name. After all, we are not in this world alone, but we are surrounded by a Creator who wants to know you more. His desire is to be known and to love you. There are many testimonies in this book that will give you a personal view into the world of addiction. It will show you how the young man barely survived a bomb threat, witnessed the evil domain in this world, lost touch with reality, and was present at ground zero during the May 22nd, EF5 tornado which ripped through the heart of Joplin, Missouri. This is a story that cannot be forgotten. It is a place most Christians have never known, let alone lived. It is a story that will stay with you for years. This story is a living testimony to help you understand this life is meant for so much more and is by no means a coincidence.
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