Many are the tales of St. Valentine, the third-century priest martyred on February 14—what we now know as Valentine’s Day. Records from that period of Roman history, the so-called Age of Chaos, are spotty, but this is what has been handed down to us: Continue reading
Here are some of our seasonal best-sellers:
Nothing quite captures the spirit of giving like the parable of the Widow’s Mite. These bronze coins from the Holy Land are perennial favorites, and we offer them in a wide variety of packaging, grade, and price point.
The Real-Life Dracula: Prince Vlad & the Order of the Dragon
Since his first appearance in Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror novel, Dracula has been a fixture in the popular culture. The blood-sucking vampire has appeared in dozens of movies, including the iconic 1931 Bela Lugosi film, and has inspired countless imitations. While much has been embellished, the Dracula character is based on a real person—the Transylvanian prince Vlad III—and actual historical events.
Congratulations to Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. This is the first time the coveted award has gone to a native of Belarus.
In honor of Alexievich, we are today featuring this set of seven colorful banknotes from the former Soviet republic.
The set comprises Belarus 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 Rublei and 50 Kapeek, most of which show animals. For wholesale information on this remarkable set, click here.
Three wise men, kings from the East, follow the Star of Bethlehem to the manger where Mary lay with the baby Jesus, and present the newborn king with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The story is an indelible part of Christian culture that is renewed with every singing of “We Three Kings,” with every Nativity display on every lawn at Christmastime, with every celebration of Twelfth Night, which commemorates the day that the Magi arrived. Continue reading