Coin Collecting How To Make The Grade

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Coin collection is not synonymous with possessing as many coins as possible. What is important is the quality of the coins rather than the quantity of them. The coin’s grade is the yardstick to measure its quality. You can measure the grade by using a scale ranged between 0 to 70 which is the highest […]


Tea Garden Mint

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Tea Garden Mint is a delicious combination of Garden Tea and Mint that provides a gentle and calming drink. This delicious combination has many healthy benefits and can aid the digestive system, nervous system and help prevent sleep deprivation. The idea of sitting in your Garden sipping Tea Garden Mint tea is appealing and can […]


Heifer International Wins 1m Humanitarian Prize

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Arkansas-based Heifer International will receive the 2004 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, officials said. At $1 million, the Hilton prize is the world’s largest humanitarian award. Heifer is the first U.S.-based organization to receive the prestigious prize since 1997. “Heifer International’s success proves that it’s often simple ideas that are the best,” said Steven Hilton, […]


Tea The Best Green Tea Blends

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Green tea is fast becoming one of the hottest ways to look after your health. More and more research is surfacing that suggests that drinking green tea may be one of the simplest things you can do to live a longer and healthier life. Green tea is special because of the way that it’s processed. […]


Herb Gardening

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Herb gardening is becoming more and more popular every day, and for a good reason. Herbs have practical value, serve a purpose, and with herb gardening you can actually use your plants. When most people think of herb gardening they automatically think of cooking, but herbs are also grown for their pleasant aroma and their […]


Mint The Herb Of Hospitality

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The Mentha species or mints as they are commonly called include many varieties that flavour everything from appetizers to desserts. The best-known species in North American are peppermint (M. x piperita) and spearmint (M. spicata), which are highly valued for commercial use. Mint symbolises “hospitality” and can be grown in pots and containers indoors and […]


Congress Approves 9999 Fine Gold Coins

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New .9999 fine (24 karat) 1-oz legal tender $50 gold coins will be added to the U.S. Mint’s line of gold bullion coins in 2006 when President Bush signs into law a bill that Congress passed in December. The legislation calls for the Mint to have the coins ready to distribute by June 2006, but […]


History Of The Standing Liberty Quarter

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The radical change in our coinage that was taking place in the early 20th century was not quite done by 1916. With the new Lincoln cent and Buffalo nickel now in circulation, and changes to gold coinage, it was now time for a change in silver, specifically, the dime, quarter and half dollar to undergo […]


The Lincoln Cent Part 2 Controversy

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On August 2nd, 1909 the new cent was released to the public. This was the first ever U.S. coin that would be released that would contain a real person on the picture. As such, there was much controversy as some people felt that putting a real person on a coin was too similar to the […]


History Of The Barber Dime

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In 1887, Mint Director James P. Kimball noted in his annual report the “inferiority of our coinage” compared to other advanced nations and that in his opinion, the coinage of the U.S. was out of date and should be changed. At the request of Kimball, Senator Justin S. Morill introduced a bill authorizing the Treasury […]


Do You Have Precious Rare Coins In Your Purse Or Change Jar

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A Guide to Rare Coins in Circulation Today It’s usually a small thing that turns regular looking money into valuable rare coins. Last year’s materials used instead of this year’s, a tiny symbol left off a minting die. Collectors covet the unusual and uncommon above all else, and these minor oversights result in a very […]


The Lincoln Cent Part 3 The Many Changes

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No real changes occurred in the cent from 1918 through 1942. In 1943, the cent would again see a dramatic change although not to its design, but rather due to shortages of copper caused by the war. At the time of World War II, the one-cent coin was composed of 95 percent copper and 5 […]


The Neighborhood Mint

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After a recent trip to Dahlonega, Georgia, I’m became obsessed with wanting to know more about the U.S. Mint that had been there and its history. To say that “The Neighborhood Mint: Dahlonega in the Age of Jackson” by Sylvia Head, Elizabeth W. Etheridge, gave me all the information I ever wanted to know would […]


All About Coin Collecting Grade Coins With Ease

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Coin collection is not just about having as many coins as possible. More important than the number of coins is the quality of those coins. This quality is measured by the coins’ grade and the grade is measured using a scale from zero to seventy (seventy being the highest point grade). Doctor William Shelby introduced […]


On Mints And Mint Marks

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Mint Marks are tiny letters referring to the locality where the minting of coins took place. The position of mint mark can be found typically on the back side of coins that were minted before the year 1965 and on the front after the year 1967. Coins of every US mint branch are recognized by […]


Mojitos Offer A Taste Of Sophistication

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When you’re entertaining, say sophisticates, Mojitos should be on your list. This refreshing cocktail of lime, mint and rum, which hails from Cuba, is the rage from coast to coast and everywhere in between. The mojito has been called the new cosmo. “Of course, being a Latina, I am familiar with the mojito,” said Carolina […]


Say Cheers To Grilling And Good Wine

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Most Americans would agree that nothing beats a perfectly grilled steak, a tender pork loin or a delicious cut of lamb – especially when paired with just the right glass of full-bodied wine. Australians also share a genuine passion for barbecuing. While the folks down under are reaching for their “shrimp on the barbie” or […]


How To Cook With Fresh Herbs

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Herbs are fun and easy to grow. When harvested they make even the simplest meal seem like a gourmet delight. By using herbs in your cooking you can easily change the flavors of your recipes in many different ways, according to which herbs you add. Fresh herbs are great in breads, stews, soups or vegetables. […]