The Money

 

 

Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul, said Thoreau. But there's a yin-yangy duality to coins, a quality both worldly and otherworldly.

Coins are the most ordinary of objects, mass-produced metal plugs used as a medium of exchange. Yet some coins are timelessly beautiful, the most democratic of art. Like nothing else, coins pair the commercial with the artistic, the crass with the ethereal, the mundane with the transcendent, the present with the past, the mass produced with the unique.

Freud said that those who assemble collections of coins are infants playing with their feces. He couldn't have looked closely at coins like these. Pictured below is another Ultra High Relief Saint, which sold for $825,000 through auctioneer Sotheby's in 1996 to Dwight Manley, the business manager of former professional basketball player Dennis Rodman. Craziness. What are the
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Saints

Glomming

Money

The Appeal

History

Differences

Circulation

Flat Reliefs

Legacy

Eagles

Imitations

More Info

Other glomworthy coins:

Oldest Coins

 Athenian Owls

Alexander the Great Coins

Medusa Coins

Thracian Tetradrachms

House of Constantine

Draped Bust Coins

Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles

Coin sites:
Coin Collecting: Consumer Protection Guide
Glomming: Coin Connoisseurship
Bogos: Counterfeit Coins
Pre-coins

© 2014 Reid Goldsborough

Note: Any of the items illustrated on these pages that are in my possession are stored off site.