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!
The 2015 PCGS Currency Show Schedule is now Available
The 2015 show schedule is now up-to-date and available online. Shows provide a great opportunity to meet our staff, meet other collectors and dealers, and visit with other who share your passion for the hobby. We offer on-site grading at most major shows, an excellent way to get your notes graded without having to mail or wait. Please see our schedule to see which shows are near you.