All posts by Sarah Miller

Director of Numismatics, New York

The Other Exposition Commemoratives

The 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition is very familiar to most numismatists, and the $1, $2 ½, and $50 gold commemoratives created as part of this event remain popular to this day. The first gold commemoratives produced

From Pocket Change to Work of Art: Trompe l’oeil and Paper Money

Collectors of American paper money have long appreciated the artistry involved in the carefully engraved and printed designs of U.S. currency. What some collectors may not be as familiar with, however, is the tradition of

Artistry and Coin Designs

From the earliest beginnings of the U.S. Mint in the 1790s until the early 1900s, designs for American coinage were not typically produced by outside artists. Instead, the images displayed on our nickels, cents, gold

Challenges and Coinage in Early America

With the ease of today’s credit or debit cards and a seemingly endless supply of change collecting in our desk drawers and back pockets, it can be difficult to imagine that early Americans once did

Panama Pacific Commemorative Coins

A beloved set of United States commemorative coins turn 100 this year. The Panama Pacific commemorative gold and silver coins, affectionately nicknamed “commems” by dealers and collectors, were produced in limited numbers in 1915 to

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

Under Pressure: How Coins are Made

Beyond simply the level of wear present on a coin’s surface, there are several characteristics of how each piece is produced that influence its overall appearance and even grade. One such factor is weakness of

Peter, the Mint Eagle

One of the many quirky facts associated with the early United States Mint is that the Philadelphia coining facility once had a resident Bald Eagle (aka Peter the Mint Eagle). According to the Coinage Act

Minted History

United States commemorative coins, or coins struck especially for collectors in remembrance of a historical person or event, are fascinating to discover due to the wealth of history that has surrounded their existence since the

A Dearth of Change

Perhaps it is hard to imagine a time when pocket change was hard to find. Most of us tend to have an accumulation of change jingling around in our pockets, purses, or change jars. During