The Stamp and Coin Place Blog: connecting the past and present of stamp and coin collecting, and looking to the future.

  • How Fourth-Graders Turned Their School Closet Into An Archaeological Dig

    Students at the Children’s Workshop School in New York City have created a fantastic project: Closet Archaeology! A few years ago, student Bobby Scotto, already a…

  • Anne of Green Gables and Early Canadian Money

    One of the most beloved fictional characters of all time is the Canadian orphan Anne Shirley. L. M. Montgomery’s first book, Anne of Green Gables, was published in 1908, the…

  • The Teacher on the Morgan Dollar

    The face of Liberty on one of America’s most popular coins is that of a devoted teacher and education advocate. When Congress passed the Bland-Allison act in 1878, the…

  • The Liberty on the Draped Bust: Ann Willing Bingham

    The Draped Bust coin obverse design, in use from 1795 to 1807, was designed by Mint engraver Robert Scot to replace the Flowing Hair design, which was almost unanimously…

  • Classic Flower Stamps Have a Special Story

    The art featured on US stamps can come from anywhere, but it’s always special when the artist comes from your area. While listing sets of stamps for our eBay store, we came…

  • Teresa de Francisci: Face of Peace

    The Peace Dollar is one of the most striking coins the US Mint ever produced. The Liberty on the obverse of the coin is more art nouveau, as opposed to the very classical…

  • Stickered Pennies from around the United States

    Have you seen a Penny with a sticker on one side?  In 1935, R. Stanton Avery invented self adhesive labels and sticker advertising began. A couple of decades later, affixing…

  • Smithson’s Coins and What They Bought

    The greatest museum in the United States owes its existence to an eccentric British benefactor and a staggering number of gold coins. The story starts with an Englishman named…

  • Farewell, Cassini

    This week, one of humanity’s most successful space missions came to an end as the Cassini spacecraft dives into the atmosphere of the planet Saturn. Cassini is the 4th…

  • The Short Sweet History of Newspaper and Periodical Stamps

    In the early years of the United States Postal Service, the mail system was used for more than just letters and packages. Newspapers and other periodicals have been part of…

  • A Look at Labor Day

    Today we celebrate and honor all workers, especially those in manual labor. In the late 19th century, support began to rise for a holiday to celebrate labor, and provide a…

  • The Strange Sixpence of St. Inigoes

      In 1984, an archaeological collection at St. Inigoes, a long-standing Jesuit site in Maryland, uncovered an unusual coin: a 1596 Elizabeth I sixpence that had clearly been…

  • Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

    This Saturday is Women’s Equality Day, and we wanted to celebrate by telling the stories of a few women you may not have heard about. These women were actresses in the late…

  • Trade Tokens and Forgotten History

    Have you ever looked at historical photos of your town and wondered what life was like back then? Photos are only part of the story of any town: trade tokens are an often…

  • Aviation and Early Air Mail Stamps

    It’s difficult to overstate just how much the rise of aviation changed twentieth-century life. The first air mail flight departed Washington, D.C. on May 15th, 1918: only 15…

  • New Study Reveals How Spanish Silver Funded Rome

        The Roman Republic was known for its wealth even before it became an Empire. The Punic Wars, though costly, gave Rome a new source of riches: Spanish silver mines.     The…

  • The Sun and Its Coins

    The sun has formed human mythology and symbolism since the beginning of history. It’s no surprise that sun symbols and imagery have appeared on our coins for thousands of…

  • Glasshouse Money and Company Scrip

    Today, money is issued by the federal government, and companies pay their employees by check or cash. But it wasn’t always like that. Until fairly recently, many companies…

  • Summer Reading for Coin Lovers

    We spend most of the year reading things that are “serious,” that are needed for professional development or personal growth. But summer reading is about fun and escapism,…

  • When Ben Franklin Hacked Nature to Fight Counterfeiters

    The American colonies had a serious problem. Most did not have large reserves of precious metal with which to make legal tender coins, but not enough coins were coming in from…

  • Game of Thrones and the Coin Technology of Westeros

    Game of Thrones, like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, has a world so dense with detail that it feels real. The world of Westeros even has its own coinage, and those coins…

  • Seven Great Movies with Coin Scenes

    Summertime is the perfect time to relax with a cold drink and a good movie. It’s not unusual to see a coin used as a significant prop in the film: here are seven of our…

  • The Labyrinth Coins of Knossos

    Labyrinths are a familiar icon in the western world. We know the story of the great Labyrinth of Minos, home of the minotaur. The labyrinth set into the floor of the cathedral…

  • The Flip of a Coin

    Tabletop game designer David Schirduan is about to release a new role-playing game that does something unusual: it relies on coins to move the story forward. We talked to…

  • An Unusual Tradition Continues at This Grave

    John Wilkes Booth is undoubtedly one of the most notorious names in American history. If you visit his grave, you’ll have to find it first. After shooting Lincoln and escaping…

  • Stars and Stamps

    One of 2016’s most popular Forever stamp sets was the National Parks set, with the stunning view of star paths over Mount Rainier being the stand-out image; this…

  • The Rhino on the Roman Coins

    For as long as coins have been in use, humans have stamped them with images of things they found important or impressive: kings and rulers, symbols of nations and gods, and…

  • New Anti-Counterfeiting Technology: Dogs

    Dogs have been trained to help humans for thousands of years; some experts believe dogs were domesticated nearly 15,000 years ago, possibly even earlier. Dogs have helped humans…

  • The Face on the Bill

    Have you ever wondered why the United States has that law prohibiting the use of a living person’s face on currency or stamps? Well, mostly it happened because of one man who…

  • The Appeal of Coin Trees

    One of the most fascinating folklore traditions may also one of the newest: the coin tree. Contrary to popular assumptions, coin trees seem to be a relatively new tradition,…

  • Space-Flown Coins

    Sometimes a coin is more valuable because of where it’s been than what’s in it or how old it is. A small niche area of coin collecting is dedicated to space-flown coins…

  • Coin and Currency Sites to Visit on Your Vacation

    It’s summer, and many people are heading out on vacation. But there’s no reason not to celebrate your hobby on the road! Here’s a list of coin- and currency-related…

  • How to Prevent Coin Loss

    Fred Howard, a Virginia collector, left part of his valuable Byzantine coin collection on the viewing table in his bank’s safety deposit area. Fortunately for him, a bank…

  • WWII Impact on Fashion

    From Victory Gardens to gasoline rationing, a lot of sacrifices were made on America’s “home front” during World War II. It may surprise you to know that…

  • Megalodon Teeth

    Megalodons once ruled the oceans!  In fact, they are thought to be the largest and most domineering predators in vertebrae history.  Their given name “Megalodon”…

  • Origins of the U.S. Postal Service

    Thinking about taking a trip down to the Post Office conjures up images of long lines and regulated service in an age of instantaneous communication through text messaging and the…

  • Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

    The English language can be confusing.  Certainly, many of our idioms have fallen behind the times.  Hold the phones – What phones?  Don’t have a cow! –…

  • The World’s Fair | A History

    The World’s Fair is a large public exhibition embedded in rich cultural tradition.  Originating in Paris with the industrial revolution, these grand expositions soon spread…

  • Fill Your Flask

    An item in most liquor cabinets, the flask is one collectible which is appreciated by many people beyond those who collect them.  With strong American imagery and a history of…

  • Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery | Forged Art

    To even the most trained eye, it is not a simple task to identify authentic art from its counterfeit counterparts.  Since before the Classical period, Copy art is world-wide a…

  • The Power Suit

    The modern American woman is at a pinnacle of equality and freedom of expression more so than ever before.  Claiming ownership of intellectual and physical expression, women…

  • Native American Arrowheads

    Given the wide variety of Native American tribes, practices and rituals, this article alone gives not nearly enough information to include all the intricately varying artifacts…

  • April Fools!

    April 1st is right around the corner and that means practical jokes and plenty of laughs.  While you’re busy concocting hoaxes unforeseen by family and friends, you may…

  • The Luck of the Irish

    From the Irish potato famine to years of invasion, colonization, exploitation and violent religious conflict, it would seem that the Irish have anything but good luck.  Where…

  • The Awe of Old-Time Traveling Medicine Shows

    Some old-fashioned remedies really work – but many old timey medicines are horrifying to modern sensibilities. In particular, medicine shows rolling through town in the 18th and…

  • Gems of the Ocean: Collecting Glass Fishing Floats

    Lovers of the sea or fishing will enjoy these items. The stunning glass balls come in shades of sea green and blue and make excellent collectors’ items, whether…

  • Girls playing basketball in a tropical setting in 1909 vintage black & white postcard.

    Bet You Didn’t Know The Origin of Basketball

    On one fateful day in 1891, Dr. James Naismith needed a way to keep his students busy indoors during the cold winters. He came up with the rules for an indoor game played with a…

  • Old Fashioned Remedies: Do-It-Yourself Lavender Oil

    Is there any herb more well-loved than lavender? Its healing and calming properties make lavender the perfect herb to keep in your cupboard. For thousands of years, people have…

  • The Symbolism and Myth Behind the Koi Fish

    The koi fish is renowned for its good luck and beauty. But what is less commonly known about this graceful fish? We’ve covered symbolism before – flowers and jewelry,…

  • Antiques in a store window. (Via G0SUB on Flickr, CC License 2.0)

    The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Evaluating Antiques

    It takes years to become an adept antiques evaluator, especially with the ability to evaluate more than one kind of antique. If you have an item sitting around that you want to…

  • "Sincerely thine" Victorian calling card.

    Why Victorian Calling Cards Are Like Facebook

    Ah, the Victorians; so obsessed with politeness that almost every action had its own symbolic meaning. To achieve this almost unworldly level and layer of meaning, Victorians…

  • You’ll Never Look at Books the Same Way Again

    There’s an art to books that even most book-lovers don’t know about. Do you know those gold gilded edges found on many old books? In some cases these exist to hide…

  • There’s More to Thimbles Than You Think

    The history of thimbles goes way back – farther than you might expect. It is theorized that ten thousand years ago, people used press stones for sewing. The practice marked the…

  • The History of Royal Doulton Figurines

    Royal Doulton figurines are hand painted figures from a company with a long history. These figurines are just a portion of the Doulton pottery legacy, but they have made a…

  • Sustainable Living: Kitchen Tips from the Great Depression

    It just so happens that sustainable living practices coincide with times of recession. It makes sense, when you think about it. During economic recession, saving money means using…

  • “The Devil’s Hair” Canadian Banknote Controversy

    Official currency printed by the government can be prone to mistakes – or, in the case of the 1954 ‘Devil’s Hair’ Canadian bank note, prone to accidental…

  • Traveling with Art: Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

    We take a trip once again to Paris, where history and modernity intermingle in a perfect balance of past and present. The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France is a piece of rich…

  • What You Should Know About Women on Currency

    How many women have appeared on American banknotes? While Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, and Sacajawea all have had their moments on coinage, paper money is unsurprisingly full…

    Farewell, Cassini

          This week, one of humanity’s most successful space missions came to an end as the Cassini spacecraft dives into the atmosphere of the…

    A Look at Labor Day

        Today we celebrate and honor all workers, especially those in manual labor.     In the late 19th century, support began to rise for…

    The Sun and Its Coins

        The sun has formed human mythology and symbolism since the beginning of history. It’s no surprise that sun symbols and imagery have appeared on…

    The Flip of a Coin

        Tabletop game designer David Schirduan is about to release a new role-playing game that does something unusual: it relies on coins to move the…

    Stars and Stamps

        One of 2016’s most popular Forever stamp sets was the National Parks set, with the stunning view of star paths over Mount Rainier being…

    The Face on the Bill

      Have you ever wondered why the United States has that law prohibiting the use of a living person’s face on currency or stamps? Well, mostly…

    The Appeal of Coin Trees

        One of the most fascinating folklore traditions may also one of the newest: the coin tree. Contrary to popular assumptions, coin trees seem to…

    Space-Flown Coins

        Sometimes a coin is more valuable because of where it’s been than what’s in it or how old it is. A small niche area…

    How to Prevent Coin Loss

    Fred Howard, a Virginia collector, left part of his valuable Byzantine coin collection on the viewing table in his bank’s safety deposit area. Fortunately for him,…

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