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8 days until the 2015 Cedar Rapids Coin Club's Spring Forward Coin Show!

38 tables of dealers from in and around Iowa will be buying and selling US coins, world coins, bank notes, currency, everything of interest to numismatists - coin collectors that is.

The show is on Sunday, March 8th, 2015 9a to 4pm at the Elks Lodge 801 33rd Avenue Southwest in Cedar Rapids, IA. Just west of the I-380 on 33rd Ave.

There's free parking, free admission, free gifts for kids, hourly door prizes and raffle tickets with the grand prize a beautiful, and valuable, 1904 Five Dollar Gold Coin, courtesy of Capital City Coins & Bullion in Des Moines

On March 8th, remember to spring forward, change the batteries in your smoke alarms, then come out to the Elks Lodge for the 2015 Cedar Rapids Coin Show!

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Yuma man finds 1969 cent: Sells it for $21,000.

How many times do we have to say "Buy the Book Before the Coin"? Here's a man who used a book to fish a $20K cent from pocket change.

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The #usmint wants its penny back.

Hundreds of 1974 aluminum coins were minted as part of a proposal to replace copper pennies, but Congress ultimately decided against them, and the remaining coins at the Philadelphia Mint were melted down.

U.S. District Judge William Q. Hayes wrote in his order that the men failed to offer sufficient facts to support conclusions that they are owners of the aluminum cent with a “legal right to have their coin sold at public auction.”

The government contends that because the aluminum penny was never issued as legal tender, the one in question remains government property regardless of how long it was in private hands.

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Can anyone identify this coin? I'm told the large K indicates a Roman 20 Numis. It's approximately 16mm
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A 1974 aluminum cent finally surfaces. Congratulations +La Jolla Coin Shop 

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I'm really enjoying trading world coins on
Highly recommend this addictive site!

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Oh, Canada

Sean Blaney, senior botanist of the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre, said he never expected to see the Norway maple leaf on a $20 bill.

"It's a species that's invasive in Eastern Canada and is displacing some of our native species, and it's probably not an appropriate species to be putting on our native currency," Blaney told CBC News.

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Medals struck by France in honor of French-American unity

The Merci Train arrived in the US from France after World War II. Each of 49 boxcars contained gifts from the people of France to the states of the US. The contents of the Kansas boxcar, including these medals, are in the Kansas Museum of History. Here's a link to the locations and pictures of several surviving boxcars.

In 1947, a Friendship Train carried $40 million in relief supplies to France and Italy. The 700-car train was the brainchild of Drew Pearson, an American newspaper columnist. It was his concept that Americans were not getting the credit they deserved for helping war-torn Europe in the face of Russian disinformation -- and that we could make it clear where their food aid was coming from if only we'd take a more personal approach. And so a grass-rots effort was started that began in Hollywood with a handful of boxcars full of food donated by average Americans. As the little train moved across the country, its popularity and notoriety skyrocketed. By the time it reached New York, it was actually three trains coming in from all different directions. Once in New York, the food was unloaded and sent by ship -- with ample notice where it was coming from -- to France and Italy.
It received a tremendous reception.

The Italians sent a 'thank you' in the form of four statues that now grace the ends of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge and the Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC. They also produced a short film expressing their gratitude called "Thanks, America!" -- to be played in US movie theaters ahead of any given feature.

The French took things a big step further.
A French veteran and railroad worker named Andre Picard started a movement to send surplus WWI era boxcars to the US filled with tokens of appreciation from the people of France to the people of America. In all, 49 boxcars would be sent -- each packed with mementos from French citizens of every age and class.

Each state would receive a boxcar. One would be split between Washington, DC and the territory of Hawaii. The boxcars were of an especially appropriate type -- known as the 40 et 8 -- 'suitable' for 40 men or 8 horses. These small boxcars had transported thousands of American GIs during the wars; each cramped, bumpy ride leaving a lasting impression on the passengers. Each boxcars was decorated with a painted 'Gratitude Train' ribbon and with 40 coat-of-arms representing the provinces of France.

The French boxcars arrived in New York Harbor aboard the ship Magellan in February 1949.

The ship was met by waves of aircraft and a flotilla of boats. With 'Merci, America' painted across its hull, it was docked and unloaded. New York's boxcar was paraded though Manhattan. The other boxcars were loaded onto flatcars (their wide wheel axles not compatible with our track width) and sent off to the far reaches of the nation.

Each state had a reception waiting for their boxcar. Several states sent their boxcars on tours of the state so everyone could see the car and its contents. They came to rest permanently in municipal parks, railroad museums, fairgrounds and Veterans Posts. Most survive to this day.
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