No true philatelist would pass up an 1860s stamped Pony Express envelope, now valued at as much as $50,000. No wonder Rita Braver can find dedicated stamp collectors in all sorts of places:
Captain David Robinson not only loves piloting his tour boat down the waterways of Richmond. He also loves all things Virginia — especially his stamps.
“I have some stamps here from the Confederacy,” he said, showing off the first Confederate stamp with Jefferson Davis’ picture on it.
Unassuming as it seemed, the Hilton on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard became a historic site Friday. Unlikely as they might have been, about 70 stamp aficionados, people who normally clamor over artifacts years later, were the witnesses.
The collectors and “philatelists” — as the more serious ones are called — raised camera phones in the air as the United States Postal Service officially unveiled its new $2 “Patriotic Wave” stamp at the Southeastern Stamp Expo. After the reveal, many waited in line to have their programs signed by the speakers at the brief ceremony and postmarked.
About $1 million was raised for the U.S. Marshals Service Museum from first day sales of the United States Mint’s newest commemorative coins, which celebrate the 225th anniversary of the nation’s oldest federal law agency.
The gold, silver and copper-clad coins, which were authorized by Congress, went on sale Thursday with brisk sales online and at the U.S. Mint’s official stores. The coins will also be available this weekend at a coin show in San Diego, Calif.
“I am hopeful that coin sales will continue to be successful and the U.S. Marshals Service National Museum will be able to benefit from their popularity,” said Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.
The biggest seller on Thursday was the silver dollar coin that features an old-time western Marshal holding a “Wanted in Fort Smith” poster. The US Mint reported selling 34,257 silver “proof” and “uncirculated” coins. The Mint also sold 21,861 copper-clad half dollar pieces and 5,021 $5 gold coins. In addition, they sold 9,421 three-coin sets — featuring a proof gold, silver and copper-clad coin. Only 15,000 sets will be sold in all.
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From 1793 to 1857, one cent coins were about the size of quarters. During the 1850s,‘ups and downs’ in markets for copper, as a metal, and a growing dislike for large cents spurred support for smaller cents. Copper-nickel Indian cents were minted from 1859 to 1864 before being replaced by coins of the same Indian design that were specified to be 95% copper. For less than $500 per coin, a complete set of ‘mint state’ copper-nickel Indian cents could be completed, without difficulty. Substantially circulated copper-nickel Indian cents may be obtained for much lower amounts, often for less than $20 per coin.
Flying Eagle cents were minted from 1856 to 1858. Although those dated 1856 have been traditionally regarded as patterns, and perhaps are so in a technical-legal sense, they are often collected as regular issues. The law authorizing small cents was not passed until Feb. 1857.