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Dan Hughes

Member Since 26 Aug 2008
Offline Last Active Apr 11 2014 06:37 AM

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In the Treasure Corner - Early Coin Facts

11 April 2014 - 06:38 AM

Why was the first United States Mint established in Philadelphia instead of Washington, D.C.?  

Why did we abandon the shillings-and-pounds money of our homeland?  

By federal law, the portrait of whom (or what) had to appear on all United States coins?
Who was the first president to appear on a regularly-circulated United States coin?  

And what four coins authorized by the original Coinage Act are no longer minted for circulation?  

Hear the answers to all these questions, and more, in this fast-moving three-minute program. 

Listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

Saddle Ridge: Why Did They Tell?

28 March 2014 - 06:25 AM

The biggest question about the Saddle Ridge Hoard (1,427 gold coins shallowly buried in seven metal cans) is, Why did the finders publicize their find?

Was that a stupid move, or a smart one?

My latest podcast explains the reasoning behind the public announcement, and it also discusses a few theories on how the coins got there in the first place.

Listen at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

The Saddle Ridge Hoard - Questions

14 March 2014 - 06:35 AM

The largest treasure hoard ever found in the United States was discovered by accident.  While walking their dog, a man and his wife saw a piece of metal sticking out of the ground.

After some scraping with a stick, they unearthed a metal can containing 170 gold pieces. More digging and seven cans later, their trove was worth ten million dollars.

Where did it come from? Was it stolen loot from a stagecoach or bank? Was it buried by a rich but eccentric miser who didn't trust banks?

Can they keep it all? Can they keep ANY of it?

And why did they wait a year to report it?

Listen to the story at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

Canadian Pennies - GONE!

28 February 2014 - 08:06 AM

Canada did something really weird a couple of weeks ago. They did away with pennies.

As of February 4, banks could no longer get pennies from the mint. In fact, they have to turn in all their pennies. And merchants can no longer give pennies in change.

Basically, Canada is trying to get all pennies out of circulation, and be done with them forever. Like we did with half-cents back in 1857.

Listen to the whole story at http://thetreasurecorner.com.

Zincoln Nickels?

14 February 2014 - 08:37 AM

The United States is paying 9.4 cents for every nickel it mints.  And Congress is not very happy about it.

So tests are underway to find cheaper materials for nickels, and the latest experiment involves making nickels with the same formula used to make pennies - a solid zinc base covered with a thin layer of copper.
And we all know how those zinc pennies crumble when they've been in the ground a while - will the same fate soon befall our nickels too?

Hear the story at http://thetreasurecorner.com.