SNIPPETS OF HISTORY: ‘ Twenty-cent piece minted to alleviate shortage of small-change in Far West ‘

#AceHistoryNews – Sept.15: The American twenty-cent piece was a coin struck from 1875 to 1878, but only for collectors in the final two years. In 1874 Nevada’s newly elected senator, John P. Jones, began promoting his bill for a twenty-cent piece to alleviate the shortage of small change in the Far West.

The bill passed Congress the following year, and Mint Director Henry Linderman ordered pattern coins struck. Although the new coin’s edge was smooth rather than reeded, as with other silver coins, the new piece was close to the size of, and immediately confused with, the quarter. Adding to the bewilderment, the obverses (front faces) of the coins were almost identical.

After the first year, in which over a million were minted, there was little demand, and the denomination was abolished in 1878. At least a third of the total mintage was later melted by the government. Numismatist Mark Benvenuto called the twenty-cent piece "a chapter of U.S. coinage history that closed almost before it began".

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Palestinian History: a Nakba,Naksa and Oslo..

Great post of historical interest Nadia regards Ian 🌷

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Inside this static situation, it seems useless to reflect. As we are commemorating Oslo these days for a two-decade plus anniversary, an obvious realization amid the Palestinian street is that of anger and disappointment. As if Oslo is the reason behind the ongoing mess.
It is true that Oslo has never been the just accord for the Palestinian liberation, and thus, the Palestinian cause. It served however some aspects that defined the Palestinian being within an identity that became recognized.
Being a critical of the PA puts me in an immediate line with that which opposes Oslo. But somewhere we are standing on that cross road of a realization that Oslo is not the worse thing that happened. It is the PA that is the worse thing that happened.
So somehow it stands this way, originally, the pa as an outcome of Oslo was intended to be something good for…

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