Hawaii’s Coinage 1847-1883

America’s 50th state since 1959, Hawaii’s motto is Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono (The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness). This group of Pacific islands became known to the Western world when discovered by Captain James Cook of Great Britain in 1778. The individual island states were then […]
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U. S. Coinage for the Philippines

“Remember the Maine” was the rallying cry which led the United States into the Spanish-American War of 1898. Although later investigations suggested that the explosion which sank the battleship U.S.S. Maine at Havana, Cuba was probably caused by the spontaneous combustion of coal dust rather than a Spanish saboteur, Americans of that time were itching for […]
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South African Gold Coins 1892-1900

Until it was dissolved in 1902 following the Anglo-Boer War with Great Britain, the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) produced a rich array of coins and banknotes.  Perhaps the most appealing of the coins were the gold pieces, consisting of the een pond (one pound) and half pond issues of 1892-1900.  These coins have become favorites with collectors. The ZAR […]
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The Pontius Pilate Coinage

By Prof. Jean-Philippe FONTANILLE © 2001 All rights reserved  Professor Fontanille may be reached by E-mail at jp.fontanille@sympatico.ca 1. INTRODUCTION They are not really beautiful, or truly rare, nor are they of very great monetary value. Yet these apparently modest coins carry in their weight an era and an act which would have immense consequence to the history […]
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