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Independence Day!

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The Coinologist wishes every American a Fantastic Fourth of July.

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July 4, 2013 at 8:29 am

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

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March 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

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Happy New Year | 2012

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Wishing everyone a very Happy & Prosperous New Year!

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December 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm

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Labor Day | A Brief History

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The First Labor Day Parade

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

A Nationwide Holiday

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.  Check out other Coinologist archive photo posts here.

Source: United States Department of Labor

Written by Robert L. Wilson

September 5, 2011 at 9:05 am

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Your Pot of Gold awaits!

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March 17, 2011 at 3:17 am

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year from The|Coinologist.

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January 1, 2011 at 12:00 am

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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December 7, 1941.  “A day that will live in infamy.” as F.D.R. said in his Infamy Speech the following day.  The Attack on Pearl Harbor is a historic turning point of our national heritage.  It wasn’t until August, 23, 1994 that congress designated December 7 of each year as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  With that said, I am here to talk about coins, and this national holiday has many presses churning out commemorative coins.  Some of these coins are very well done and some are not.  The coin above is offered by the Royal Hawaiian Mint and is a very good-looking coin, I might say.  As always, do your research on coins as some companies fine print can be deceptive.  With the rising price of gold and silver, we are seeing more silver clad and gold-plated coins offered to the public.  Be sure the coin or round has a weight marking, don’t always depend on the certificate of authenticity that usually accompanies these coins.

Photo:Royal Hawaiian Mint

Written by Robert L. Wilson

December 7, 2010 at 7:55 am

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