December 18th, 2009

December 2009 Issue

Heading for Parks Unknown
14
Some little-recognized national parks and historical sites will finally get their
due on a new Washington quarter series
by Dom Yanchunas
The Northern Mariana Islands Quarter
22
They have been a crucial link in the United States’ Western Pacific military
defenses since 1947
by Ron Meyer
Book Notes
28
Some of the coins covered in the books are expensive. The books themselves
are all very affordable
by Mike Thorne
Circulation Findings
44
What coins can young people really discover in circulation? The author’s
conclusions may surprise you
by Joe Follman
Coin Capsule: 1696
48
Great Britain experienced financial chaos and a once-respected trader and
sea captain turned pirate
by Jon Blackwell
Presidential Dollars: Zachary Taylor
58
His victories at war made him a national hero, yet he never won an elective
office before becoming president
by Ron Meyer
Margaret Smith Taylor
68
She was raised in luxury, but she always made a comfortable home for her
family in far less attractive settings
by Ron Meyer

Cover1-1209Heading for Parks Unknown

Some little-recognized national parks and historical sites will finally get their due on a new Washington quarter series

by Dom Yanchunas

The Northern Mariana Islands Quarter

They have been a crucial link in the United States’ Western Pacific military defenses since 1947

by Ron Meyer

Book Notes

Some of the coins covered in the books are expensive. The books themselves are all very affordable

by Mike Thorne

Circulation Findings

What coins can young people really discover in circulation? The author’s conclusions may surprise you

by Joe Follman

Coin Capsule: 1696

Great Britain experienced financial chaos and a once-respected trader and sea captain turned pirate

by Jon Blackwell

Presidential Dollars: Zachary Taylor

His victories at war made him a national hero, yet he never won an elective office before becoming president

by Ron Meyer

Margaret Smith Taylor

She was raised in luxury, but she always made a comfortable home for her family in far less attractive settings

by Ron Meyer

2009 . December