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Coins of Controversy - The Seated Liberty Dime 1873-1874 (with arrows)

Coins of Controversy - The Seated Liberty Dime 1873-1874 (with arrows)

December 26, 2018

In 1853 and 1873, the U.S. Mint changed the weight of each denomination of silver coins. Both times, arrows were added to the coins on each side of the date. These were removed from coins in 1856 and 1875, respectively.

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American Coin & Bullion Normalizing after 1873: 19th Century Coinage & Currency #3

American Coin & Bullion Normalizing after 1873: 19th Century Coinage & Currency #3

December 20, 2018

Following the controversies and fiscal problems resulting from of the Coinage Act of 1873, compensatory measures were taken by the Treasury and the US Mint to resume more normal issuance and circulation of US Currencies. Silver coins were made legal tender at their nominal value for any amount not exceeding $5

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Gold, Silver and the Coin "Crime" of 1873 - 19th Century US Coins & Currency #2

Gold, Silver and the Coin "Crime" of 1873 - 19th Century US Coins & Currency #2

December 13, 2018

Perhaps no 19th Century law relating to the coins and currency of the United States has been so widely discussed, or has borne more directly on the attitude and influence of political parties than the Coinage Act of 1873. This act grew out of a proposition to revise our coinage laws, made by John Jay Knox, in April, 1870. While the main focus of the bill was to revise several laws pertaining to the Mint’s gold and silver coin procedures, the Coinage Act of 1873 also recommended moving the United States off of bimetallism in favor of the gold standard.

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Money Problems: Coinage to Crypto #9

Money Problems: Coinage to Crypto #9

November 23, 2018

The first American Colonists faced a problem: They didn’t have enough currency.  Bitcoin—and today’s other cryptocurrencies—solve old problems of currency and create new limits on how it’s used.  Perhaps the problems with money debated by the founding fathers of the United States and the problems associated with cryptocurrencies are not problems at all.  These are the points of contention at the heart of all fiscal systems - and those which are inherent to their respective successes. 

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Counterfeiting & Countermeasures: Coinage to Crypto #8

Counterfeiting & Countermeasures: Coinage to Crypto #8

November 15, 2018

Counterfeiting is a real danger to numismatics and cryptocurrency alike.  Both the rare coin and digital currency communities seek methods to combat the artificial manufacture and trade of the assets that make up their professions. It has been a governing philosophy of the Coinage to Crypto Series that numismatists, stackers and crypto experts can find common bonds.  In keeping with this thinking, perhaps the blockchain will provide tracking and anti-counterfeiting measures to the numismatic community, despite many numismatists' resistance to change. 

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Policy vs. Value: Coinage to Crypto #7

Policy vs. Value: Coinage to Crypto #7

November 08, 2018

Although economists and bankers alike understand themselves as the real source of knowledge about money, numismatists, stackers and coin collectors beg to differ.  Numismatics, as many with an affinity for rare coins agree, is the true study of money.  Strangely, coins (especially rare coins) may have become a currency other than their original mintage.  There is an alternate system of agreement for their value, creating a different monetary policy. 

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Dynamics of Trust: Coinage to Crypto #6

Dynamics of Trust: Coinage to Crypto #6

November 02, 2018

"What's your cow to bitcoin conversion rate?" 

Trust is the ultimate origin of value determination.  The buyer must trust that by accepting a form of currency - coin, note, or ledger entry - for real goods and services, that they have attained an item of comparable value which may then be used to acquire other goods and services that they need or want.

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Gold Tracking on the Blockchain: Coinage to Crypto #5

Gold Tracking on the Blockchain: Coinage to Crypto #5

October 26, 2018

For those who are interested in the safety and/or privacy of gold coins and bullion as assets, the blockchain may add a new development in the way we interact with our much-loved precious metal. 

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Crypto to Commodities: Coinage to Crypto #4

Crypto to Commodities: Coinage to Crypto #4

October 19, 2018

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New Numismatics?  Early Coins and the Prospect of Blockchain Rarities - Coinage to Crypto #3

New Numismatics? Early Coins and the Prospect of Blockchain Rarities - Coinage to Crypto #3

October 09, 2018

What will we collect in a world of entirely digital currencies?  Better yet, will we collect in a world of entirely digital currencies? Researchers at Austin Lloyd believe that people will attach value - and increasing amounts of it - to anything we create.

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Commodities and Currencies: Standards Gold and New

Commodities and Currencies: Standards Gold and New

September 21, 2018

Commodities and Currencies: Standards Gold and New - This article brings the concept of monetary standard revival back into the discussion of Numismatics, Gold and Silver, and Cryptocurrency.

#2 in the Coinage to Crypto Series from Austin Lloyd 

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Coinage to Crypto: Changing Change?

Coinage to Crypto: Changing Change?

September 12, 2018

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