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Security Features|$20 Note

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Production Footage of the $20 Note

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Continuing the series, here we have a B.E.P. video showing the production of the $20 note.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 29, 2011 at 4:29 am

1980 Mercury Capri RS

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Most people have a love affair with their first car, and I am no exception.  Looking through the classified ads day after day, waiting for the day I was able to take my drivers test, which I did pass the first time!  After looking at MGB’s, Fiat X19’s, and Triumph TR6’s all cars which would have been cool to drive, but a nightmare mechanically, and no fun in the Ohio winters.  I found a 1980 Mercury Capri RS in The News Herald, one test drive and everything came together.  So coming across this TV ad for my first car, was a good find, and gets a “Cool Stuff” stamp.  Keep in mind this car was five years old when I bought it and I certainly couldn’t have pulled off the leisure suit as well.  My car was black with neon green accents and badges, pictured below.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 28, 2011 at 4:28 am

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Know Your Money

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Here is another cool find from a collection I bought at one time or another.  I came across it the other day and thought it would be a fun thing to post.  This is a great piece of American history and as you read through it you can feel the innocence of our country in the early twentieth century.  Signed by Frank J. Wilson, who was the Director of the Secret Service from 1937-1946.  Wilson was the lead agent with the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Internal Revenue against Al Capone, and insisted that the serial numbers of the Gold Certificates in the ransom money for the Lindbergh kidnapping be recorded, which lead to the conviction of the kidnapper, and has become the common practice of “marked bills.”  He had nearly eliminated the production and distribution of counterfeit money through a nationwide education program by the end of his retirement, which I’m sure this booklet was part of, and didn’t now about till I did the research for this post.  Not only does this talk about how to detect counterfeit bills, but describes how to detect counterfeit coins as well.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 27, 2011 at 4:27 am

2011 American Gold Eagle Proof Coins

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“Take your collection to soaring new heights with the spectacular 2011 American Eagle Gold Proof Coins. Struck in 22-karat gold, the coins feature two breathtaking images. The coins’ obverse features Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ rendition of Liberty holding a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. The coins’ reverse features an image of a male eagle carrying an olive branch, flying above a nest containing a female eagle and her eaglets. The coin is available in limited mintages in four sizes – one ounce, one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce, and one-tenth ounce, as well as a four-coin set containing one coin in each size. These exquisite coins are the perfect addition to any coin enthusiast’s collection. Order today and watch your collection take off!

Image/Text: U.S. Mint

Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 26, 2011 at 4:26 am

Fort Knox, U.S. Gold Bullion Depository

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This three-part series of the U.S. Gold Bullion Depository at Fort Knox is a must see.  These videos are a rare look into this famous fortress.  I urge you to take the time to indulge yourself!

Part 1/3

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Gold Facts

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm

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