Unless you're an avid coin and currency collector, you may be amazed to find out that from 1934-1935 the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing produced a gold certificate $100,000 bill! What were they thinking, you ask? That's crazy and impractical for one piece of paper to be worth $100,000! You're right. Actually the bill was never put into circulation for public use. Its sole purpose was for use between Federal Reserve Banks only. The bills have not been in any kind of circulation since 1960. Our 28th president, Woodrow Wilson was selected as the president to adorn the bill. The majority of the (42,000) printed bills were collected and destroyed by the mint with only a few lucky survivors. Unfortunately for wealthy collectors, even the surviving bills have been accounted for and secured by the US government. FYI: It is actually illegal for a private citizen to be in possession of a genuine $100,000 bill! Not surprisingly, forgeries are out there - some even being offered with certificates of authenticity! So, as always, "caveat emptor" (buyer beware)! Several institutions like the Smithsonian and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing offer real examples of the bill for public viewing.
He was born in Liverpool on October 8,1940. His music career began at St. Peter's church where he enjoyed singing as a choirboy. He was also a member of the 3rd Allerton Boy Scout Troop in his hometown. The first song that John Winston Lennon ever performed was "That'll Be The Day" by Buddy Holly. He sang and played it on a banjo! John Lennon and Paul McCartney met in Liverpool as teenagers in July of 1957 forming the nucleus of what would become the greatest and most successful rock and roll band in history. Although the Beatles enjoyed enormous popularity and success throughout their musical reign, they officially disbanded on April 10, 1970. On April 8,1980 John Lennon, the co-founder of the Beatles, was murdered in front of his wife Yoko Ono by gunman and twisted Beatles fan John David Chapman in the archway of their New York City home, the Dakota. The world mourned and still grieves his death. FYI: Lennon's killer, Mark Chapman, was sentenced to 20 years to life in 1981. Sixty-five year old Chapman will be eligible for parole in 2022. To date he has been denied parole eleven times. It is unlikely that he will ever be released.
What, you ask, is a conch pearl. First of all it is pronounced 'konk' pearl like the more familiar queen conch shell from which the pearls originate. Conch pearls are extremely rare, gorgeous and among the most expensive natural pearls on Earth! The most sought after color is the lustrous pink pearl although natural conch pearls come in less desirable and common shades and colors. The majority of naturally formed conch pearls come from the Caribbean. Rarity sets the conch pearl apart from other gemstones and per carat prices have been known to reach a staggering $20,000! Conchs are feeling the effects of the carelessness and greed of mankind and are in danger like so many other species around the world. The future of conchs is now considered threatened. Although numerous attempts have been made to produce cultured conch pearls, the process is extremely problematic. FYI: Only a single conch pearl is found in 10 to15 thousand harvested shells and only 10% of those are gem quality!
The Irish Riverdance phenomenon is forever burned into the history of the Earth! A full Riverdance was first performed live at the Point Theatre in Dublin in 1995, making 2020 its 25 anniversary. The production is a stunning display of Irish step dance, a unique dance style involving a stiff upper body and rapid foot movements. Riverdance has been astounding audiences for over 25 years throughout the world. Riverdance holds a unique world record: the longest dance line. Dancers, 1693 to be precise, from 44 countries joined together on the banks of Dublin's Liffey River in July of 2013 to set their incredible record.
FYI: To ensure that dancers always maintained their required high energy level, the cast has consumed 70,000 pounds of chocolate since Riverdance began performing! Also, the performers of Riverdance have collectively worn their way through 20,000 pairs of shoes! Over 2,000 dancers have taken part in the production since its beginning. Riverdance has performed live in over 47 countries, spanning 6 continents and has been viewed electronically by millions and millions of fans worldwide!
A customer once asked me why there are no Confederate Civil War coins to collect? That's actually a great question. There was plenty of the newly formed Confederate States of America paper money ($1.7 billion dollars) available beginning in 1861, but no coins. Easy answer: There was a severe shortage of metal of all kinds in the South so none was used to mint coins. Merchants to try and assuage the coin shortage issued tokens. Interestingly enough, most Confederate Southern States issued their own unique currency featuring notable CSA officials and various symbols of the newly formed Confederacy. Eventually, there was a shortage of currency in the South due to the fact that there were only 20 paper mills in the Confederate States. Paper had to be smuggled in from England and even the North. FYI: The federal government refused to honor or exchange any Confederate States of America money after their surrender in 1865.
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