16 items in the category HISTORY
A penny for a grave
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A penny for a grave

If you wander around American military cemeteries or memorials and cast an eye over the graves and tombs around you, you are sure to notice coins placed on the top left of the headstones...
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The story of stamp currency
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The story of stamp currency

Wars sometimes have very surprising consequences. The tremendous upheaval they cause within state structures and the changes they evoke for the daily lives of the people themselves often foster cunning, resourcefulness, and inventiveness. One frequent(...)
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Chinese mingdao knife coin from the Zhou dynasty (475-255 BC)
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Chinese mingdao knife coin from the Zhou dynasty (475-255 BC)

  Nowadays when someone mentions coins, we generally think of round ones. Back in ancient times, however, things were not always quite as...clean-cut when it came to this geometric association. And in some rather surprising ways. Over the course of a(...)
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The Francysk Skaryna commemorative ruble (Belarus, 2017)
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The Francysk Skaryna commemorative ruble (Belarus, 2017)

It’s well known that money travels and can also take you on journeys, be that through time or space. This coin is no exception and brings the two together deliciously. And very recently at that, since this commemorative ruble issued by the National Ba(...)
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Urban Transport
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Urban Transport

As we find ourselves forcibly confined to the dreamy immobility of our own homes whilst a virus is allowed to roam free, an undesirable, clandestine passenger, why not escape it all for a while...
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1 Florin 4 Kreuzer (Germany, 1713)
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1 Florin 4 Kreuzer (Germany, 1713)

Landau Fortress was constructed between 1688 and 1691 by the famous French architect Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban. During the War of the Spanish Succession...
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Just one certainty is enough for the one who is looking.
Albert Camus