For the past three months, the Art Institute of Chicago has been putting their Launchpad
videos, designed to provide more context of museum-goers at the Institutes, on YouTube. The short videos include modern artists recreating art using ancient, medieval, and newer techniques in mosaics, glassblowing, pottery, painting, silversmithing, marquetry, and coin production plus conservation of art. There are also a few videos focusing on individual pieces in the collection.
posted by julen
on May 20, 2013 -
"Defacement of currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code. Under this provision, currency defacement is generally defined as follows: Whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both. Defacement of currency in such a way that it is made unfit for circulation comes under the jurisdiction of the United States Secret Service." - source
"Defaced Money" tagged Tumblr posts
, 11 more impressive examples of creatively defaced currency
, 101 Unusual, Impressive And Illegal Pieces Of Defaced Currency
, and some cool guitar picks
posted by spock
on Jan 7, 2013 -
During the US Civil War, metal monies were hoarded for their value, resulting in a shortage of available coins. The Union government issued official "paper coins" that weren't backed by by gold or silver
. This "faith paper" lost value quickly, and for a short while, stamps were official currency
. That didn't take, either, so enterprising individuals took it upon themselves to mint their own coinage. These are now known as Civil War Tokens
(CTWs), and were made and used between late 1862 and mid 1864. On April 22, 1864, Congress set the weight of coins
and set punishment for counterfeiting coins of up to one thousand dollars and imprisonment up to five years
. Yet there are over ten thousand varieties of tokens
, representing 22 states, 400 towns and about 1500 individual merchants. Melvin and his son Dr. George Fuld
wrote key books
in the CWT field, creating the rarity scale and composition key
used by most numismatists. Given sheer number of CWTs, starting a collection might be daunting. Enter collector Ken Bauer
, whose method breaks down the vast world
into smaller collections
, from anvils
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 20, 2011 -
The Brasher Doubloon
has been called "the single most important coin in American numismatics
." Struck in 1787 by George Washington's neighbor Ephraim Brasher
, it's believed to be the first gold coin made in the United States. Seven of Brasher's 1787 doubloons are in existence, each with the initials EB stamped on an eagle; the one that gets title-case capitalization is the only one where the intitials are stamped on the eagle's breast
instead of its wing [hi-res pics: front, back]
. In January 2005, it was sold at auction
for $2.9 million. It's now on a tour
of the United States (and insured for $6 million). In Raymond Chandler's 1942 novel The High Window
and the 1947 film adaptation The Brasher Doubloon
, Philip Marlowe investigates the theft of the doubloon.
posted by goatdog
on Nov 12, 2005 -
For 36 years, Harold Gray
has been on an extraordinary mission -- to recover what may be the most famous stolen coin collection in the United States. Since October 1967, when five hooded gunmen invaded the Coconut Grove estate of chemical empire heir Willis Harrington duPont, binding the family with silk neckties and stealing the valuable coin collection from duPont's safe, Gray has been on the case.
''We remain,'' he says today, ``in hot pursuit.''
posted by stbalbach
on Apr 5, 2004 -
New Nickels On The Way!
My metafilter loving friend Jeff says, "Why bother." I'm excited about it though. I've got lots of change from everywhere. Am I barely qualified to do laundry around the world, or is it pretty neat that foreign money looks fake? Is Jeff right? Is small change a waste of time? Can you judge a state by its quarter?
posted by ewkpates
on Mar 4, 2004 -
The Humble Penny?
A site to help visualize large numbers with the common US coin. And to think I've been cursing them for so long. If I'd saved 10 million of the little buggars I'd have $100k.
posted by yoga
on Dec 7, 2002 -