The United States Coinage Act of 1792 - The United States Coinage Act of 1792 (or Mint Act) was "An Act establishing a Mint, and regulating the Coins of the United States". It created the United States Silver Dollar as the standard money and lawful tender of the United States, together with a decimal system for US currency.
What is the Trial of the Pyx? - The Trial of the Pyx is an annual ceremony conducted since the 12th century in which the coins of the UK (minted by the Royal Mint) are tested to check if the coins have the correct metallic content, weight and size.
The Early Development of US Silver Dollars - The American colonies started out with none of their own coinage, so they used foreign coins. At the time of the revolution, all coins in America were rare. Britain simply didn't supply the colonies with money. So in the Articles of Confederation of 1781, individual states were allowed to coin money.
Samuel Johnson and the 2005 50p Coin – Johnson’s Dictionary - In 2005 the Royal Mint issued a 50 pence coin into general circulation in the UK to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language. So who was Samuel Johnson and why was his dictionary special?
How American Coinage Started - American Coinage began soon after the Declaration of Independence. Up until then European coins were being used and one ounce of silver was considered to be one dollar.
The Sheldon Rarity Scale and other ways to define rarity in coins - I've counted 13 scales proposed for defining rarity in coins. Only a few are well accepted and none are as universally accepted as the Sheldon scale for grading coins. Perhaps the most common rarity scale is also an adaptation of Sheldon's scale.
The Brasher Doubloon: One of the World’s Most Expensive Coins - Only a few Brasher Doubloons exist today and you may need more than $5 million just to add one of them to your collection. Minted around 1787, it is still unclear why they were made in the first place.
1929 Stock Market Crash – Why Did it Happen - The 1920s were were called the booming 20s as finance and property was just going up and up. So why did it suddenly crash so heavily in 1929?
George Washington - George Washington (1732-1799) was the first President of the United States and is a well known face on American coins. Washington has been on the Quarter (designed by John Flanagan) since 1932. All Americans know his history well, so here is a short bio of this remarkable man for the rest of us.
Colloquial Names of British Coins and their Origins - Over the years most British coins have picked up colloquial names, nicknames such as quids, bobs and tanners. Some of these terms are so old that their etymology is no longer clear, but here are a few of the more famous names.