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Posted: Jan. 19, 2014, 11:47 p.m. by Jason Champion in website

For three years, the site currently known as was known as We recently changed it.

There were a number of reasons behind the change, but the main reason is that we wanted a name that better reflects the contents of the site. I-Collect-It doesn't really say that it's a site about stamps and currency.

We also felt a little uneasy about having hyphens in the site name. It's ...

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Cleaning Old Coins

Posted: Feb. 2, 2013, 2:13 p.m. by Jason Champion in cleaning coins dime silver

Old coins often have dirt, corrosion, oil, or other “gunk” on them. It can be tempting to clean them with powerful industrial cleaners, silver polish, Shine Brite, or other chemical cleaners.

However, this is a bad idea.

Over time, coins develop oxidation, discoloration, and a layer of grime. This is called a patina, or more commonly in numismatics, toning.

Mercury Dime with Natural Toning and Patina

Natural Toning on a Mercury Dime.

Chemical cleaning agents will remove toning. A coin in its ...

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About The Postcards of Miss Geraldine Bigler

Posted: Feb. 1, 2013, 1:08 p.m. by Jason Champion in postcard

Many of the Ohio postcards in our collection from the 1900's and 1910's were sent to Geraldine Bigler and her family in Bluffton.

Postcard Addressed to Geraldine Bigler in Bluffton, OH

Our staff does not know the Bigler family, but here is what we were able to find out.

Geraldine Bigler was born to Otto and Elesa Dell Bigler on July 27th, 1903 in Bluffton, Ohio and died in Bluffton, Ohio on October 25th, 1938 at the age of 35. She ...

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The Advent of the ZIP Code

Posted: Jan. 30, 2013, 12:17 p.m. by Jason Champion in postal-zone zip-code

In the early 20th century it was common for mail to be sent without an address. A letter addressed to “Reginald Doe” with an address of “City” would have no trouble arriving to an addressee in the same town provided there was only one person with that name. In small-to-medium-sized towns in 1910, that was enough to ensure delivery.

In the 1920's some post offices encouraged senders to write street addresses on mail. An ...

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State Quarters

Posted: Jan. 19, 2013, 11:08 p.m. by Jason Champion in coins quarter

From 1999 to 2008 the United States Mint issued state-themed quarters. Five states were issued per year in the order in which they achieved statehood. After the state series was completed, quarters for the U.S. territories were issued in 2009. Each of the state quarters was issued from both the Denver and Philadelphia mints, making a total of 100 quarters in the full set.

Here is a list of the state quarters, with date ...

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Mint Marks on Washington Quarters

Posted: Jan. 18, 2013, 12:02 p.m. by Jason Champion in coins mint-mark quarter

The George Washington quarter first came into circulation in 1932. It was designed by John Flanagan, whose initials appear at the base of Washington's neck. They can be hard to spot, since they are one of the first things to wear off of the coin.

For silver coins before 1964, the mint mark appears just below the wreath on the reverse side. Coins with “D” are from Denver, with “S” are fron San Francisco ...

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The Jefferson Nickel

Posted: Jan. 17, 2013, 10:14 p.m. by Jason Champion in coins mint-mark nickel

The Jefferson Nickel first came into circulation in 1938. It was the first coin design ever chosen in an open competition and was created by the winner, Felix Schlag. His initials were not originally on the coin, but they were added in 1966.

The reverse shows Thomas Jefferson's home in Monticello.

During World War II, nickel was diverted to the war effort and the coins were made of an alloy that was 56% copper ...

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