What Might Have Been

By Sarah Miller There is often something entirely unexpected about the discovery of a beautiful U.S. coin design that was either never placed into circulation or was intentionally struck in an off-metal composition. Such intriguing numismatic oddities are known as pattern coins. Ever since I first read about patterns in a Heritage auction catalogue as […]

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What’s in your “Guy Box”?

By Michael Morgan My friend and fellow Heritage blogger Eric Bradley wrote a really cool book called “Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff”, and we have a great time discussing various types of unusual artifacts. Eric recently sent me an email titled “Funny What We’ve Sold”. It contained a link to an Ethnographic Executioner’s […]

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On February 6, 1997, Peyton Manning Went to a Jimmy Buffet Concert

By Chris Nerat By now, every sports fan and “over-priced commercial watcher” in the world is extremely pumped for Super Bowl XLVIII.  Hopefully the weather will hold up in chilly New York on February 2, but if it doesn’t  and the NFL pushes the game back one day, Heritage will give all its employees the […]

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Do You Have Nearly As Much F.U.N. As I Do? A Brief Memory of Holding Three “Wonder” Coins

By Matt Draiss This past week is going to go down in numismatic history as one of the biggest weeks ever; I predicted that over $100 million dollars in rare coins sales would take place this month, and we did that just through our auctions alone! The F.U.N. show in Florida is one of the […]

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A Most Personal Gift

By Michael Morgan The Mrs. called me at work the other day to tell me an odd package had been delivered. She recognized the sender’s name, but the contents of the box were a puzzle. It consisted of a calligraphy pen set, a book in my Mrs.’ native language, and an old, obviously used, hard […]

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The Coin Geek: Mystery Novels and Money

By John Dale Beety Love. Money. Wrong place, wrong time. Read enough murder mysteries and the same three reasons for the crime get burned into the memory. (One could allow for a fourth, “ideology,” though this is usually a claimed motive rather than the real one.) Naturally enough for a coin geek, money interests me […]

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Memoirs of a Collector’s Daughter: The Sad Truth of the Beanie Baby Supply and Demand

By Kelly Kopa As the daughter of a collector, my father always instilled in me the idea that I should collect something that I was passionate about. I’m sure at the time, he also meant that you need to be smart about your investments but at the ripe old age of five, there was only […]

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My Collection is Old and Obsolete

By Matt Draiss Basically the title says it all. My collection is old and obsolete. No, not that kind of old and obsolete, but it is a much more fun and fascinating kind of obsolete. I began collecting Obsolete Bank Notes a few years ago after I discovered them in a pamphlet on the subject […]

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Antique Radio

By Michael Morgan “It…is…later…than…you…think…” The 1930’s radio show “Lights Out Everybody” began every episode with those six little words, and then proceeded to scare the pants off thousands of people who tuned into the half-hour show that aired at midnight. Originally conceived by Willis Cooper in 1934 and later taken over by Arch Oboler in […]

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