Category Archives: History

The Palisades

Below are photos and descriptions of landmarks from a walking tour of the Palisades District in Washington DC. The tour starts from the Palisades Recreation Center, 5138 Sherier Place NW, Washington DC, GPS = 38.92525,-77.10339. The walk is about 5.75 miles and takes about 2 hours. The surface is a mix … Continue reading

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Commemorative medal

I think this is what an old-fashioned commemorative medal would look like if something like the Nine Years’ War took place today, with Barack Obama as William of Orange. They seem to share a similar self-perception: “IOVI TONANTI” (Jupiter the Thunderous). We’re in for trouble if there … Continue reading

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A walking tour of DuPont and Kalorama

Below is a set of 32 photos with descriptions to accompany a walking tour of the historic DuPont and Kalorama Districts in Washington DC, starting from DuPont Circle. The photos show notable buildings and landmarks in the two districts, mostly drawn from the National Register … Continue reading

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Fort C.F. Smith hike

Fort C.F. Smith is actually a deceptive name for the 6-mile hike we took on June 24, because the old Civil War fort in Arlington, Virginia, was not really the focus of the hike. It was simply a convenient assembly point because of its central location, parking, and the amenities … Continue reading

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Catching up: Sky Meadows

I’ve been so busy out walking around over the past week or so that I haven’t taken time out to write about any of them! Back on May 12 I organized a 5-mile urban walk along the Bluemont and Custis Trails … Continue reading

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Atrocious Hideousness

Many American numismatists may have heard this expression, used by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in a 1904 letter to Secretary of the Treasury Leslie Mortier Shaw to describe US coins: “I think our coinage is artistically of atrocious hideousness. Would … Continue reading

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Four Mile Run: Barcroft to Glencarlyn

Last Sunday wewent for a walk along Virginia’s Four Mile Run. The stream, which takes its name from a misreading of the label “Flour Mill” on an old map, runs parallel to the trace of the old Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) railroad, and … Continue reading

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The Briot Shilling

Here is the story of a very interesting coin, told to me by Bruce Lorich, an acknowledged expert on English coins. It is about an English shilling from the reign of Charles I, minted at York by Nicolas Briot in … Continue reading

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Evliya Çelebi and the Leopold Taler

Here’s an entertaining description of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I; who lived from June 9, 1640 to May 5, 1705; given by Evliya Çelebi, an Ottoman traveler who visited Leopold’s court at Vienna in 1665: One may almost doubt whether the Almighty … Continue reading

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The Young Victoria Collection is complete!

I finally acquired the key date of the series, 1841, and the Young Victoria Collection is now complete!   1841 (S.3852), ‘GRɅTIɅ’, extremely rare (R3), XF Details, the key date of the series This collection of British shield sovereigns from the early years … Continue reading

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