I remember when I was a kid we went to Fort Detroit and I bought a little envelope with artificially-aged reprints of old U.S. and Confederate money inside. I know a lot of other tourist-traps sold this stuff, and over the years it has apparently lost the connection to souvenir status and people think they’ve got the real thing. Check this list before getting excited about your Confederate money: it’s likely to be a souvenir reprint like mine.
Tonight the Smithsonian Channel will air a documentary on the elusive Double Eagle gold coin, but if you don’t get it in your area or are impatient, the whole thing is on YouTube.
The Atlantic gets a little conspiracy-theory about the possibility of eliminating cash altogether..or is it more true than you’d like to believe?
For hundreds of years, pounding coins into trees for good luck has made some interesting trees in Scotland.
The Lincoln penny has been around since 1909, and while it has mostly looked the same, Gizmodo uses a designer’s eye to take a close look at the penny.
Chris Ware tells the story of the life of a 1929 penny.
The IRS has released a decision about what Bitcoins are: they say virtual currency is property, not money, and will be treated as such. The upside? If you make money off Bitcoins, it’s taxed as capital gains, not income. So, lower tax rate for anybody who actually totals up and claims their Bitcoin profits when they’re converted to dollars. This is how Al Capone would get sent to Alcatraz in the 21st century.
Just imagine, if you will, what the world would have thought if Bitcoins emerged during the early internet childhood of the internet: it would probably look something like this.