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On May 23, 2014, President Obama signed an act to award a Congressional Gold Medal to members of the Doolittle Raiders in recognition of their military service during World War II.
Many people have trouble sticking with hobbies for one year, much less one hundred! Not Eric P. Newman, however. Almost one hundred years ago his grandfather gave him a peculiar penny, and he’s been hooked ever since. And boy, has this hobby paid off!
Challenge Coins have been a part of military life since World War I. The first Challenge Coin—as the story goes—was the idea of a wealthy U.S. solider. He decided to buy everyone in his unit a coin engraved with the battalion’s insignia.
Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s not worth a Continental!” and wondered what it was in reference to? Like many common phrases, it has its roots in our nation’s history. This particular phrase comes from a time in our past when we were still trying to establish a U.S. currency. Ironically, some of those “worthless” notes will fetch a pretty penny today. And the rarest of them are worth a fortune!
We all know there are different denominations of U.S. coins, but have you ever considered their actual value? As in, the value of the metal they’re made of?
Silver dollars are easily one of the most popular coins in the U.S. In the Western states, these collectors’ favorites are even more abundant. It seems like anyone with even the most modest coin collection has a couple Morgan silver dollars. If you’ve ever wondered why that is, the story is actually quite captivating.
The long lost egg is known as the “Third Imperial Egg.” Created in 1887, this unique egg hadn’t been seen by the public since 1902. The egg opens up to reveal a clock inside.
Sports fans are excited because the 2014 baseball season has finally arrived. Coin collectors are excited, too, because the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin has also arrived.
At West Seattle Coins, we deal in rare coins and bullion, but we also buy gold, silver, jewelry and antiques. Every day, people come in with questions about how the process works and how to turn their valuables into cold, hard cash. We’ve put together a list of answers to some of the questions we’re most often asked.
While there have been many robbery attempts at the United States Mint, most would-be thieves don’t make it out the door with the money. Here are the stories of five robberies that were at least initially successful— and what happened to the stolen money.