Monthly Archives: January 2023

  1. Mexican Liberation From Spain


    Spain was having serious trouble in the early 19th century. Napoleon’s armies had invaded their country. Napoleon was in control of most of the Spanish peninsula by 1809. In addition, the Spanish were suffering defeat after defeat. Spain's heavy losses were attributed to incompetent generals. New Spain, now called Mexico, saw their window of opportunity...

    The French invasion of Spain led to the outbreak of revolts all across Spanish America. It was the start of the Mexican liberation from Spain. Mexican war for independence was hard fought. It was not a single event, but many regional struggles that occurred in a revolutionary civil war that lasted 11 years.

    Finally, in August of 1821, the Treaty of Córdoba was signed. A new day was dawning for Mexico. New Spain’s dependence from Old Spain had finally occurred. Mexican Liberation from Spain had finally happened!

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    The Silver Victoriatus

    There were three Punic wars fought between Carthage and Rome. Punic refers to Carthage or the Carthaginians taken from the language of the ancient Carthaginians; a late form of Phoenician. Hannibal's route across the alps during the second Punic war is probably the most remembered. Although, these two main powers of the western Mediterranean struggled for supremacy many years. In fact, huge losses on both sides occurred.

    The First Punic War lasted 23 years (264–241 BC) and primarily fought on the Mediterranean island of Sicily and its surrounding waters. Meanwhile, they also fought in North Africa. After such a prolonged struggle the first Punic war ended in a loss for Carthage. However, Carthaginians were still itching to fight the Romans. Carthage suffered extensive economic losses in Sicily. As a result, they needed to find a solution to improve its weakened economy.

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  3. First Canadian Gold Coins

    First Canadian Gold Coins

    In short, the "First Canadian Gold Coins" were struck around over a hundred years ago. In 1912, the Dominion Government ordered 8,000 five-dollar gold coins, and 8,000 10-dollar gold coins minted. By the end of that summer, $600,000 worth of gold coins had been circulated to Assistant-Receivers General across Canada. Production of the gold coins continued until 1914.

    These first Canadian Gold Coins struck by the Mint were Canadian in almost every aspect. In fact, from raw material to design. They were composed almost entirely of Canadian gold, much of it from the Klondike region in 1912.

    What about the Gold Maple Leaf?

    Interestingly, the Canadian Maple Leaf was struck in 1979 a was not the first Canadian gold coin.  To clarify, Canada's first gold coins were

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  4. 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar

    1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar

    The 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar is one of the most valuable and rare American coins in United States history. Importantly, Austin Rare Coins is a trusted firm in Austin, Texas. After that, they are the industry leader in precious metals and rare coins. Here are four things to know about this rare silver coin.

    1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar

    metal sign for the US Mint

    History Behind The Coin

    The Flowing Hair Silver Dollar was the first dollar coin minted by the United States Mint. It was also the very first coin minted at the Philadelphia Mint. In addition,

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