Tag: SaddleBrooke Coin Club

Have you ever heard of a wooden nickle?

Ken Marich During your life has anyone ever told you “not to take a wooden nickel”? This American adage is considered to be a light-hearted reminder to be cautious in one’s financial dealings. Well, wooden nickels exist and are novelty or commemorative “coins” sometimes referred to as tokens. They date back to the late 1800s…

The cost of minting coins and currency

Ken Marich Have you ever thought about how much our U.S. coins and currency cost to produce? For our government, the monopoly on the creation of coinage and banknotes is supposed to be a profitable endeavor. Let’s first evaluate our currency (paper money). Actually, paper money is a misnomer. U.S. currency is made of a…

Jefferson nickels aided the WWII effort

Ken Marich This story starts in 1942 when WWII was underway. America’s back was against the wall as we faced Nazis in Europe and a militarist Japan in Asia. To fight the war required all of our resources and all our skill. Several of these important resources included nickel and copper. Our country needed nickel…

Coin Club is celebrating National Coin Week

Ken Marich The SaddleBrooke Coin Club (SBCC) will be sponsoring a half day coin show on April 18, 2015, in the Sonoran Room in the MountainView Clubhouse. The show will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Coin Show will feature: Educational coin exhibits, free numismatic literature, 2015 U.S. Redbooks…

Did the U.S. ever mint a three cent coin?

Ken Marich The answer is yes. In fact, the mint issued two different three cent coins: the three cent silver (1851 to 1873) and the three cent nickel (1865 to 1889). Following the 1848 gold rush at Sutter’s Mill, the Forty-Niners mined vast amounts of gold that had an impact on U.S. coinage. The massive…

Unique coins commemorate baseball

Ken Marich Over the years many sports have been depicted on coins and medals. Specific to baseball, the U.S. Mint issued a silver dollar for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. This coin commemorated these Olympic Games as baseball became an official medal sport. Again in 1997 the mint issued a silver dollar and a…

History of the Sacagawea dollar

Sacagawea Golden Dollar

Ken Marich The Sacagawea Dollar (SD) was released in January 2000 to replace the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. The SD is a beautiful coin honoring Sacagawea who played a key role in the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804 to 1806. The life of Sacagawea is shrouded in mystery and bravery. She was born…

Liberty Walking half dollars

Ken Marich We all probably remember getting Liberty Walking (LW) half dollars as change in the 1950s and 60s. Today we rarely see these coins in circulation as they are all collector’s items and contain about $10 worth of silver. The LW half dollar was issued by the U.S. Mint from 1916 to 1947 and…