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Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year 2014!

Yes, happy New Year 2014. But what is 2014 for numismatics?

2014 is... 50 years since the greatest American coinage reform
In 1964, the price of the silver in American coins was quickly reaching face value. The US government tried to freeze the price of silver, but the economy had to get moving. So, the government instead decided to remove silver from American coins. This caused a coin shortage, as the old silver coins were removed from circulation by speculators. The only coin in which silver stayed was the half dollar, though the silver content was reduced to 40% (from the normal 90%).

2014 is... 100 years since the beginning of WWI
WWI was one of the worst wars in human history. It also left behind a long numismatic trail. One of the opening events of WWI was Germany invading Belgium. The Germans produced a very interesting occupation coin series for Belgium. Another effect on numismatics was the shortage of silver in Germany. This meant that Germany's grand commemorative series had to be slowed down. In addition, mintages were cut, which resulted in many rarities. The final event that I will mention is the fascinating story of the Tabora emergency coinage. During WWI, the last German East African coins were made in a makeshift mint (actually a railroad station) in Tabora. Many of the lower denominations have die cracks, attesting to the harsh conditions at the mint. The most famous coin produced there was the beautiful and rare "Tabora sovereign".

2014 is... 200 years since the first restoration of the Bourbon dynasty
Napoleon was a military genius who conquered much of Europe. However, by the 1810's, it was clear that his reign wouldn't last forever. At the battle of Leipzig, he was defeated and exiled to Elba. Napoleon was replaced with King Louis XVIII, heir to the fallen Bourbon dynasty. His coronation resulted in new coins for France, with King Louis's portrait on the obverse, and some Fleur-de-Lis on the reverse (a symbol not used under Napoleon).

2014 is... 75 years since the beginning of WWII
WWII was certainly a historic war for numismatics. Germany invaded most of Europe, and occupation coinage was produced for much of the occupied countries. In France, aluminum coins were produced by he Vichy regime. Belgium and the Netherlands produced zinc coins with Germanic designs. In Czechoslovakia, Germany created two puppet states: "Bohemia and Moravia" and Slovakia. Bohemia and Moravia made zinc coins with Czechoslovakian designs, while Slovakia made a distinctive series which included silver commemoratives. Denmark and Poland restruck their prewar coins. However, one the most interesting stories is that of Croatia. Croatia was invaded by Italy at the beginning of the war. One and two kune coins were produced. Almost he entire mintage of the one kuna coins was destroyed, and the mintage for the 2 kune was very low. There were also many patterns produced.

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Papprika
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Happy New Year Numista members  :wiz:
Euromunt
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Happy new year everyone !!
Cerulean
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World War I is also notable in numismatics for the first widespread adoption of new base metals for coinage.  As copper and nickel were needed for wartime production, European mints quickly improvised with creative materials... iron, zinc, and aluminum.
Indian Numismatist
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Happy New Year !!!
Wish you all the best ..... Add some great stuff in your collection.....

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erdvilla
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Happy New Year 2014!

As I Mexican I can't but add that it is also the 495th Anniversary of Mexico's formal integration to the Spanish Colonial Empire. But I don't think coins would be minted for that occasion. They might wait for the 500th one in 2019.

165 years of Mexico loosing half of its territory to the USA, but I don't think that is something to remember, damn thieves.

85 Years from the end of the Revolution war, this might get some coins minted. As well as the end of the Religous wars in which the Government tried to exterminate any religious leader who opposed them.

190 Years from Iturbide's crowning. Mexico's only self-proclaimed Emperor (there was another Emperor decades later, but that one was imposed by the french and was executed 11 months after), who only lasted 14 months before being exiled.

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bam777
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Happy New Year to everyone.
simoneo80
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Happy New Year to all :wiz:  :wiz:  :wiz:  :wiz:

derf
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Quote: erdvilla165 years of Mexico loosing half of its territory to the USA, but I don't think that is something to remember, damn thieves.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo specified the major consequence of the war: the forced Mexican Cession of the territories of Alta California and New Mexico to the United States in exchange for $15 million. In addition, the United States assumed $3.25 million of debt owed by the Mexican government to U.S. citizens. Mexico accepted the loss of Texas and thereafter cited the Rio Grande as its national border.

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erdvilla
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Quote: derf
Quote: erdvilla165 years of Mexico loosing half of its territory to the USA, but I don't think that is something to remember, damn thieves.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo specified the major consequence of the war: the forced Mexican Cession of the territories of Alta California and New Mexico to the United States in exchange for $15 million. In addition, the United States assumed $3.25 million of debt owed by the Mexican government to U.S. citizens. Mexico accepted the loss of Texas and thereafter cited the Rio Grande as its national border.
All that deal with and army pointed at Mexico City and a Country exhausted from war. I think that "deal" was just a facade to legitimize a robbery. But don't get me wrong, what is done is done, and besides, a territory can get repossessed but its roots won't, which in turn leaves Mexico as an invader as well as that land belonged to natives to begin with.

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nalaberong
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Luckily Canada and Mexico never got close enough to fight :wiz:

Yes, happy 2014 to all. I have set off some cheap fireworks (it was too cold for a barbeque lighter, so I had to use matches) and tomorrow it's back to school :|

It's also the sesquicentennial (150th, of course) of the talks at Charlottetown that negotiated terms for Canadian Confederation. This is notable because it featured on the 1964 silver dollar... so maybe we will get something this year as well (8
erdvilla
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Quote: nalaberongLuckily Canada and Mexico never got close enough to fight :wiz:

Yes, happy 2014 to all. I have set off some cheap fireworks (it was too cold for a barbeque lighter, so I had to use matches) and tomorrow it's back to school :|

It's also the sesquicentennial (150th, of course) of the talks at Charlottetown that negotiated terms for Canadian Confederation. This is notable because it featured on the 1964 silver dollar... so maybe we will get something this year as well (8
Yeah. Both our home countries have always been mostly peaceful, unless when having to defend themselves.

Numista referee for the "Viceroyalty of the New Spain" (most of it).
History through coins.
Eli V

neilithic
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Love the zinc and iron coins from the WWI era, I've managed to pick up a few recently and I'm watching a whole lot more that are currently for sale.
an.anonymous.guy
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0 cent?? dafuq  x.  x.  x.

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bodabahr13
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Anybody know a site like numista but for notes?
Cerulean
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Quote: bodabahr13Anybody know a site like numista but for notes?
There are two alternatives for banknotes: colnect.com and worldbanknotegallery.com.  Neither of them have a catalog as collaborative as Numista's, nor do they have such an easy to use swap feature.

I use colnect for stamps and banknotes, but I'd rather do that here if I could.

It is a great misfortune that the webmaster of Numista has repeatedly refused appeals to license the Numista software engine for banknotes, stamps, and other collectibles.  
deexy
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Quote: bodabahr13Anybody know a site like numista but for notes?
www.colnect.com echange coins, banknotes and other collect

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