2015 Collector's Choice Award... Cast Your Vote!
Every year we struggle while trying to determine the winners in the individual Set Registry categories. We are overwhelmed and impressed with each individual set as we watch them grow and improve. While no one can deny that each winner chosen is deserving of winning, we thought that we again award a "Top Award' to the Set Registry- an award chosen by you!
How Franklin Thwarted Counterfeiters
Benjamin Franklin’s Philadelphia printing shop made plaster molds from pressed sage leaves to create metal stamps for marking foliage patterns on Colonial currency. The distinctive contours of leaf spines, stems and veins were meant to thwart counterfeiters, and Franklin’s workers managed to keep the casting technique a secret that has puzzled modern scholars, too.
Joshua A. Norton, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico
Beginning on September 17th, 1859, the United States was unofficially "ruled" by Joshua A. Norton, a penniless San Francisco oddball who, in a fit of inspired lunacy, declared himself "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico". In 1871, he went so far as to issue and print his own money!