Month: December 2014

A Moment of Peace during a Time of War: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Christmas is a magical time of year for me.  I come from a fairly German family (my mother hails from a small town near Ludwigsburg in the German state of Baden-Württemberg) and there is no

Condition Significance in Collectible Coins

When we happen upon a pile of old coins in an estate’s closet or safe, usually our first reaction is to look for the oldest coins in the cache. It may be counterintuitive however, that

Why Elvis Presley is called “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”

Elvis Presley is known as “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” – what does that mean, exactly? It’s not that he was the first to be associated with the term Rock and Roll; in fact, Rocking

Hermès Scarves: Ties That Bind

My love affair with scarves began at the age of eleven when I inherited my grandmother’s collection.  The rest of her clothes were given to charity when she died, but her scarves seemed too full