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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 26, June 25, 2000, Article 7

MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN U.S. NUMISMATICS 

   In response to last week's question, Brad Karoleff writes: 
   "My nominations for events that dramatically changed the face 
   of numismatics over the last 100 ( or so ) years would include 
   the following:  ( in no particular order ) 

   1.  The publishing of The American Numismatist in 1888, 
        later to become The Numismatist.  The house organ of the 
       American Numismatic Association, the bond that kept 
       collectors in touch with what was going on in numismatics 
       over the last century. 

   2.  The formation of The American Numismatic Association in 
        1891. 

   3.  The beginning of commemorative coinage in 1893 for the 
        Columbian Expo. 

   4.  The redesigning of our coinage with the influence of 
        St. Gaudens. 

   5.  The issuance of Pennyboards to get the average citizen 
        interested in collecting coins. 

   6.  Publication of the first Redbook, eventually replacing 
        Raymond's Standard Price Guide as the leading pricing 
        reference for coins. 

   7.  Silver being removed from our coinage after 1964. 

   8.  The BU  Roll investment craze coupled with the 1955 
        double die cents and the 1960 small date cents being 
        released.  The average citizen could make serious 
        money looking through change. 

   9.  The Silver Certificate run. 

  10.  The writing of the ANA grading guide and the formation 
         of ANACS.  Collectors now had somewhere to turn to 
         see if their coins were authentic.  The precursor to slabbing 
         as photocertified coins were easily traded based on their 
         assigned grade. 

  11.  1980 gold and silver rush.  Many a fortune was made 
         and lost in the bullion and rare coin markets. 

  12.  Slabbing by PCGS and later NGC became all the rage. 
         Coins were now the "same as a share of stock" and 
         tradable sight unseen. 

  13.  COIN WORLD was started.  The largest  circulating 
         weekly in the hobby. 

  14.  B. Max Mehl publishes the Star Rare Coin Encyclopedia 
         and sells it to the general public who hopes to find the rare 
         1913 Liberty Nickel and get rich. 

  15.  Publication of Early American Cents by Sheldon.  The 
         first modern variety identification guide written for the most 
         popular coin to collect by variety- the large cent. 

  16.  The formation of EAC and the publication of Pennywise. 
         The first specialty club for collecting a specific type of coin 

         with a journal to exchange information with other club 
         members.  The club and journal that formed the basis for 
         all the others who have come after. 

  17.  The Carson City Dollar sale by the government in 1972. 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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