2015 Homestead National Monument of America Quarter Bags and Rolls

Today, February 24, 2015, the United States Mint began accepting orders for bags and rolls of circulating quality 2015 Homestead National Monument of America Quarters. This represents the twenty-sixth overall release within the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

2015 Homestead Quarter

The reverse design of the coin represents the three fundamentals of survival common to all homesteaders: food, water, and shelter. This was designed by Ronald D. Sanders and engraved by Jim Licaretz.

The original reverse design candidate (which can be seen here) had also included 30 stars surrounding the three fundamentals to represent the 30 states that participated in the Homestead Act. Within the design review phase, both the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts had recommended the removal of the stars. The CCAC had also suggested the addition of the words “FREE LAND” to the design, but this suggestion was not followed. The CFA recommended a reduction of the size of the corn husks, which was followed.

As with all prior releases of the series, the obverse design carries the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan.

The United States Mint is offering the standard six different numismatic products containing circulating quality examples of the Homestead National Monument of America Quarters. The products feature coins from the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mint facilities, carrying the “P”, “D”, and “S” mint marks, respectively. The coins from Philadelphia and Denver are also released for circulation, while the coins from the San Francisco Mint are only available within numismatic products.

Products include 40-coin rolls with “S” mint mark coins available priced at $18.95 each, two roll sets containing “P” and “D” mint mark coins priced at $32.95, and three roll sets of “P”, “D”, and “S” mint mark coins priced at $46.95 each. There are also 100-coin bags available containing coins with either the “P”, “D”, or “S” mint mark priced at $34.95 each.

All bags and rolls feature wrappers or tags containing US Mint branding and including the name of the site, state abbreviation, mint mark, and face value of the contents. There are no stated mintage limits or household ordering limits in place.

As a change from the usual situation, the official launch ceremony for the Homestead Quarter occurred prior to the start of sale for these bags and rolls. The ceremony was held on February 10, 2015, when attendees were able to obtain rolls of the new quarters ahead of the more broadly accessible US Mint product release.

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  1. Dustyroads says

    Cool Dave, You know that doesn’t count…I on the other hand will because I’m commenting.

    Is this the privy?

  2. thePhelps says

    Dusty…ya got your privvy… some corn tassle TP… and a fresh water pump for cleaning your hands…

    I have a feeling the trend of poor designs will continue into 2016… I’ll have to go look at what sites are on that list.

  3. Hidalgo says

    I really like the proposed designs for 2016. They are a notch better than the 2015 designs in my opinion.

    By the way, I am seeing a lot of negative comments about the Nebraska ATB quarter. I’m sure if anyone from Nebraska visits this site, they would disagree with you about their state’s design!

  4. fmtransmitter says

    See why those MS 70’s are so special at the end of the video? Those coins are hammered during the production process. I am talking the clad 70’s. Proofs are a different process so 70’s are much more common but mintage’s are not…

  5. stephen m says

    the Phelps, I’m saving for the 2016 gold quarter. That’s exciting for sure, for me anyway.

  6. Tinto says

    “As a change from the usual situation, the official launch ceremony for the Homestead Quarter occurred prior to the start of sale for these bags and rolls. The ceremony was held on February 10, 2015, when attendees were able to obtain rolls of the new quarters ahead of the more broadly accessible US Mint product release.”

    Surprised that the TPG’s haven’t jumped on this opportunity to hype the “Early Release” of the rolls …

  7. Tinto says

    “As a change from the usual situation, the official launch ceremony for the Homestead Quarter occurred prior to the start of sale for these bags and rolls. The ceremony was held on February 10, 2015, when attendees were able to obtain rolls of the new quarters ahead of the more broadly accessible US Mint product release.”

    Surprised that the TPG’s haven’t jumped on this opportunity to hype the “Early Release” of these rolls …

  8. Tinto says

    Whoa ….. I composed and submitted the original comment minutes after my comment on the 2016 pucks …. the system came on and told me to slow down since I was posting too fast !! (anyone ever got that message) when I returned to the page I saw what I thought was my unsent email still in the compose area … so I waited a minute or so and re-sent … now I see it was accepted the first time around … maybe I should go for a walk ….

  9. Ralph says

    In case you haven’t noticed, the Mint’s web site has been proving how clueless it all is. The last week or so it has listed all the 2013 & 2014 Perz coin & medal set’s as back- ordered with the all so infamous remind me button . Along with the 2014 First Spouse Medal set. Now, they are all listed as “00S”. They even had the 2010 First Spouse Set listed as back-ordered with the remind me button. Like they were going back in time to reproduce all these set’s.
    Now, they are all listed as “OOS”. ????
    What the heck is actually going on with this business? I call it that because that is what it is!

    Also, I now have enough proof to say the current fulfillment center is stacked with a bunch of hack’s. I have received several recent deliveries that have been so poorly packed. I had two 2015 Kennedy bags that were in a box with one piece of packing paper. The boxes inside the shipping box were all torn up because they banged around inside. This is not the only poor example of this. Don’t they know how to package items so they arrive safely? i am sure others have seen the same. It it so wrong to spend huge money on products and have them carelessly packaged for shipping. No excuse!!!.

  10. GoldFishin says

    @Dusty- question from the previous thread about spotting. I agree with FM that NGC has a superior slab that keeps the air out. However, if a coin is going to spot, it will spot no matter which slab it is in.
    I dealt almost exclusively in silver eagles on ebay for several years, graded coins both from NGC and PCGS, and in my opinion NGC just did a better job of grading the coins and not giving spotted coins 70 grades. Even though the spots become more evident over time, in most cases you can see the tell tale signs of them only a few weeks(4-8) after they are minted. I look for spots either under florescent light or indirect sunlight(shade). They start off being only a slight variance in color from the surrounding silver, almost an oily grey color(sort of reminds me of an slight oil slick on water). They are usually overlooked at this stage because they get lost in the luster of the coin. But over time they begin to turn milky colored and can eventually even begin to look flaky and tan in color. I have had great success owning spot free coins by screening them either at the the time of purchase or before submitting for grading. The incidence of spotting is much less with collector versions of the ASE as opposed to the bullion versions which spot horribly. I personally stopped selling and collecting any bullion versions of the ASE because of the spotting issues. I don’t dip coins and can’t personally comment on the effectiveness of that, but if you really like your coins I would advise against it. There are many threads in Collector’s Universe that you can read about the subject. Everyone seems to have a different opinion, just like, well….

    As to the effectiveness of removing spots from ASE’s, here is PCGS’s experience and policy. I have posted this before, so for some this may be old hat. Good Luck!

    http://www.pcgs.com/silver-coins-spot-policy/

  11. Ends in Error says

    Ralph

    Your comment about Hacks is right on target. I think actually “Hacks on Crack” might better describe this outfit. Working around Gold Silver and Platinum has finally driven them to mass theft. And with such a repetitious boring job I’m thinking they are taking lots of smoking breaks ha ha.

  12. Ikaika says

    I do not see anything exciting about the Homestead design. Will purchase the 5oz just to complete my set. Corn, cabin and water pump can be found in many midwestern state and even in the south.

  13. Bob R says

    The Homestead design, the outhouse, the corn husks to wipe with, and the water pump to wash your hands, love it.

  14. D Rittenhouse says

    I wonder who drilled the water well the hand pump was supposed to be operating? Is that how homesteading worked? You hired a contractor to drill a water well back then?

  15. Mr. Kairu says

    Does anyone split the cost for these rolls of coins (P,D,S) with others? I just need one of each, not a whole roll with that much premium. Or is ebay the best place to look for them after a while?

  16. Dustyroads says

    GoldFishin~ Thanks for the link, that sheds a lot of light on the problem. I can already see the “spotted and spot free” categories taking shape. I really feel blind sided by the whole thing having never noticed the issue until recently. Lets hope the problem can eventually be solved.

  17. Dustyroads says

    My grandfather was born in 1893 and didn’t have an indoor toilet until the 1940’s. In 1970 when I was 7 I spent a great deal of time at their home, everyday he would leave the house and walk into the brush to relieve himself. I guess old habits are hard to break. BTW, my mother tells me the Sears catalog was the toilet paper for them during the outhouse days.
    I can’t help but to wonder about the Mints sense of humor, they seem to have one.

  18. says

    None of my ASE’s have spots! Though it has been awhile since I viewed them. Aren’t these caused by the soap (borax ?) residues left on the planchets, (via poor rinsing) and then stamped into the coin? If so, these types of spots (milk spots) cannot be removed. Or are you discussing different types of spots. Speaking about spots, the gold spot may be affected by Greece, here is an interesting opinion about Greece and its debt.

    http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/greek-debt-crisis-will-impact-gold?et_mid=727265&rid=249897415

    Gary (GSDykes) generally of California, once in Tennessee, now in Washington. Gently aging, so far.

  19. Dustyroads says

    Mr. Kairu~ I buy a roll of the “S” quarters, but don’t worry about the nominal cost. You could buy a single quarter on Ebay and save close to $20.. The reason I buy a roll is in the hope that someday they will increase in value.
    Or, if you don’t mind taking the risk of creating an enemy, you could always talk a friend into buying the coins then convincing them to give you the one you want, but I don’t advise it.

  20. Jerry Diekmann says

    Regarding the out house (it’s on the back side of the cabin so it can’t be seen on the coin – you just have to pretend that it’s there – don’t forget the Sears Roebuck catalogs. My dad grew up on farms in Iowa and Minnesota and he said they used cataloga and corn husks. Sweet corn was grown for human consumption, the field corn went to the hogs, the cobs could be used for fuel, and we already discussed what the husks could be used for. Nothing was wasted and everything was biodegradable. As for wells, the water table was fairly close to the surface in many places, and the Midwest is laced with underground streams called aquifers. They even exist in desert areas.

  21. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    @thePhelps says, February 24, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Suggest to do it while you still can. The current administration, is now trying to band different kinds of ammo — right now it is something known as LAP (green tips); because of that, everyone has snatched it, up and difficult to find anywhere now and I don’t believe it has officially been banned yet. Who knows what is next.

    I just don’t get the anti’s who seem to think the control will make us all safer. I don’t see the logic in it, it is totally baffling to me?

    Anyway, as far as many of the ATB’s designs, I am not all that impressed.

    @Dustyroads says – February 24, 2015 at 4:03 pm
    “Cool Dave, You know that doesn’t count…”

    Well then — I reject your reality/rules and substitute my own, so it now counts 😉

  22. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    @thePhelps says: The comments here just pointed out another good idea for supplies. Keep a good stock of T-paper and/or catalogues on hand.

  23. Ralph says

    Ends in Error: Way too funny!

    Maybe they have some office pool going to see who can pack a box the worst!

    🙂

  24. CasualCollector says

    @Ralph
    Regarding the Mint’s website — to be fair, they have been somewhat accurate on at least one of the items you listed as “clueless” — the First Spouse Medal Set. They did have it with a “Remind Me” button, then they were actually available to backorder. Once the quantity to backorder dried up, they went to OOS (today they have the “Remind Me” button back again).

    The only thing missing is the actual email they would send to the “Remind Me” people who signed up (but maybe that is because they never hit “In Stock” vs. backorder).

  25. gary says

    Have to wonder just a bit on how native Americans might regard the Homestead coin. Lamentably, it seems to pay honor to the relentless tide of transplanted Europeans who stole the land and their existence from them with the official sanction of Congressional Acts, an active military presence, worthless treaties and of course, dispatching those annoying bison.

  26. thePhelps says

    gary…maybe we should re-fight the revolution – redo the civil war – not take part in WW1 or WWII… what part of it is History …. and over don’t you get? It isn’t going to change no matter how much you dislike living in America.

  27. gary says

    @thePhelps… didn’t say that I dislike living in America. Sometimes though a depthful reflection on history is a good thing.

  28. Dave SW FL says

    I have finally figured out what the famous ” Remind Me ” button at the mint website is for!

    This button was developed by a mint employee to remind HIMSELF that someone is still interested in the product. When you use the button, he gets a message and says to himself, ” Oh, yea, if we EVER get any stock in. That item, I’ll stick it back onthe web site for 5 minutes and see if anyone remembers they wanted it.”

    To prove this thesis incorrect it is only necessary for ONE person ( non mint employee ) to post on the blog that they actually received a reminder as a result of using the ” Remind Me” button.

    I do not think that person exists!

  29. Dave SW FL says

    On the poor packing of mint product – my experience indicates they are listening. The first product the new shipper sent was packed so tightly and sealed so heavily you could barely get the flaps open and had to practically tear the box to get the product out.

    We complained.

    Now they use the lowest grade tape to seal and pack so loosely that my gold Kennedy half and several of the ASEs were loose in the OGP when opened.

    I sure do miss the old website and shippers. They had a clue. The new guys, not so much.

  30. says

    Ikaika,

    I agree with regards to Homestead. I am not really excited about any of the 2015s and will just get the five ouncer to complete my collection.

    thePhelps,

    I am actually considerably more enthused about the crop of 2016 designs. This design for Cumberland Gap looks especially appealing: http://www.coinnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Cumberland-Gap-National-Historical-Park-Quarter-and-Coin-Design-Candidate-KY-05.jpg

    I thought that one was the best, but there are many others. I’m expecting good things next year. We just have to get through

  31. cagcrisp says

    Just got in my sets of the 2015 ATB Silver Proof Set. The Turkey is a stand out. Proof Silver quarters are just SO much better than looking at uncirculated clads…

  32. fmtransmitter says

    Saw that HSN guy bought some air time on History Channel to sell ASEs and bullion. It’s called Precious Medals. It’s on when Dave is still up. Life is good for that guy where he can now afford his own info mercial. Shameless plug, not.

  33. fmtransmitter says

    I have a line a specific dealer I will pay for overpriced ATB in NGC PF70s for one reason, well two, my registery set and because I WANT to and it’s my fiat and I’ll do what I want. Speaking of it, I’m late, gotta go, y’all have a great day! Stay warm up north..brrr

  34. Teach says

    The silver quarters for the ATB designs are the best looking. I wish they made the P pucks this way instead of the vapor blast. The designs stand out so much better on the proof silver quarters compared to any of the other coins using the ATB designs.

  35. CasualCollector says

    All orders in my Order History are “Processing” (even orders that have already been delivered). So this is a glitch for sure…

  36. Ends in Error says

    The Homestead Quarter fails as an inspirational example of modern coinage art. However it serves well as a beacon for the NPS Homestead site in Nebraska.
    If I’m ever in that area I’ll certainly stop for a visit.

  37. says

    Dustyroads,
    By peeing in the bushes, your gramps was environmentally sensitive. After all, he was conserving 5 gallons of water by not having to flush the toilet and he was not filling up the cesspool. Smart man.

  38. fmtransmitter says

    Just found out NGC will not be offering the silver quarters in a FDOI label this year, looks like they will stay with their ER/FR ATB labels. Fine with me. I think has to do with the fact that the clads were actually first to be struck with those dyes so makes sense…

  39. fmtransmitter says

    CasualCollector says
    FEBRUARY 25, 2015 AT 11:11 AM

    All orders in my Order History are “Processing” (even orders that have already been delivered). So this is a glitch for sure…

    Same here, been like that since the new site went up. So tired of blogging about all the errors with that new website and even worse, we never see any improvement, all the changes that we have seen seem to make it worse!

  40. fmtransmitter says

    Teach says
    FEBRUARY 25, 2015 AT 11:04 AM

    The silver quarters for the ATB designs are the best looking. I wish they made the P pucks this way instead of the vapor blast. The designs stand out so much better on the proof silver quarters compared to any of the other coins using the ATB designs.

    There ya go, EA pucks! Now that I would be in for!

  41. Dustyroads says

    Hawkster~ oh yeah, and did I mention those cattle didn’t mind it one bit. I don’t remember there ever being an analysis of the urine, but it was probably far from N 32%. Conservationist?, you bet, they had to be..didn’t they.

  42. Tinto says

    @Teach

    I agree with you, the Mint should have made the P pucks in proof finish or at least an enhanced UNC finish. That might have even attracted other collectors who were on the fence on the P pucks … They blew it IMO with this vapor blast crap …. it makes the P puck look quite dull and some details get lost in the “frosting” IMO …. maybe they had to justify the cost of buying the machine ….

  43. Jerry Diekmann says

    Gary and the Phelps – you are really both right – we cannot unring the bell of our nation’s history snd there are a lot of things in our history that we should not be proud of, including the mistreatment of native Americans, blacks, and all minorities, regardless of their color or creed. I don’t think there is a single nation on earth that can be truly proud of everything in its history. That being said, reflecting on our history may help us, as the philosopher Gerorge Santayana once said, so that we don’t continue to make the same mistakes again., that we “learn the lessons of history”. That is why it is important to learn and understand our history. Our ancestors were not perfect – they made mistakes – lots of them. But we should understand their actions in the context of their times. Times do change, and we should all strive to become better people and learn from the mistakes of the past, knowing full well that we will never be able rto correct all the mistakes of the past, but to try and prevent similar mistakes from happening in the future.

  44. cagcrisp says

    What is the highest number of coins Anyone has received in ONE BOX from the Mint since the new system went into operation in October? Somewhere I remember reading 27 of the coin and currency. Anyone got a higher number than 27 in ONE BOX? IT doesn’t have to be the coin and currency set. Just any individual coin over 27?

  45. thePhelps says

    Jerry – reflecting on history is one thing… these days it seems more people want to make the history of the US into nothing but a slaughtering ensalving bunch of drunks – running around in cowboy hats and shooting everything in sight.

    They don’t want to read history – they want to condem it from their nice warm homes – 200 years removed from the events – and act like noble men righting the wrongs of the past.

  46. Blair J Tobler says

    @cagcrisp – don’t know if this is what you’re looking for, but I had an order in January that included a Presidential Proof set, a Presidential Uncirculated set, 4 Presidential Coin Covers, 5 ATB 3-Coin sets and an ATB Uncirculated set for a total of 45 coins in the one shipment. The strange thing was that, in the same order, I had an ATB Circulating Coin set that they shipped seperately, even though it would easily have fit in the box! These guys are clowns!

  47. thePhelps says

    I have to admit the packaging of the coins has gone way downhill with the new company. I had 10 different Marshal coins in a recent order… all the coins tossed in the bottom of the box and a thin sheath of packaging material thrown in on top of the box. The packaging material is used more like filler now – and not used to protect the product enclosed.

  48. KEITHSTER says

    I see the Smoky’s are gone in the rolls was wondering when they would go? Hope maybe the homestead’s would do the in and they did thanks mint! Have gotten a box with 250 actual coins in it but know that’s not what you wanted but also got the box that 250 actual coins were to be in but were not? So you pay your money and you take your chances so maybe this is more like coin gambling than collecting now ? So Good Luck To Us All:>:>:>:>:>:>:>:>:

  49. Teach says

    @cagcrisp – I would bet some people have ordered rolls of coins that were shipped by the hundreds if counted individually or maybe more.

  50. fmtransmitter says

    You can keep making labels and ask for documentation all you want but for the REAL deal, I propose sequential edge numbering be done on all US Mint numismatic offerings starting in 2016. Who will sign my proposal to be sent to the President and Congress?

  51. gary says

    I’m all in for your proposal fmt.
    However, along with it, they should engrave a custom message as well.

  52. MarkInFlorida says

    Tinto, I believe that the reason the pucks were issued with a vapor blast was because the quality was so bad, and the time to make more ran out, so they had to find a way to make the worst ones look presentable. Remember that was the first year they made pucks and the year was almost over.

  53. GoldFishin says

    @FM…here’s my mark. X

    @MarkIn Florida- Bingo! I thought the same thing at the time of the first vapor blasted coins. Otherwise they never would have been collector quality.

  54. thePhelps says

    fm… I think your suggestion is better suited for the Perth or RCM mints. I just don’t see it being an inexpensive equipment change, and it would probably not scale for large sales volumes. Add in the cost to the buyer and your probably going to impact your sales as well.

  55. fmtransmitter says

    gary says
    FEBRUARY 25, 2015 AT 5:19 PM

    I’m all in for your proposal fmt.
    However, along with it, they should engrave a custom message as well.
    Now you know that will take too long BUT you can for sure buy your own engraving kit or have someone do it for you and then they would become ALL yours. I am actually looking into micro engraving right now my coins, they do not take away from the strike and could go on the edge also. Also the TPG’s could come together to NOT take into consideration micro engraving when grading a coin, it is simply for theft purposes. The numbered edge lettering is simply for the bragging rights of having one of the 500 struck for example. The COA’s are being faked, I have gotten a number HAND WRITTEN on one, they can just use a simple stamp, they can fake print anything. There is a real opportunity here but it will take some laws to be passed to protect these coins.

  56. fmtransmitter says

    thePhelps says
    FEBRUARY 25, 2015 AT 6:55 PM

    fm… I think your suggestion is better suited for the Perth or RCM mints. I just don’t see it being an inexpensive equipment change, and it would probably not scale for large sales volumes. Add in the cost to the buyer and your probably going to impact your sales as well.

    I agree with you and I disagree. With today’s technology, you could laser engrave a number and it wouldn’t even be seen except with special equipment, a machine could do it in nano seconds, nano pun intended, and again, this is for PROOF coins, not MS …MS there would be much more cost involved but at the premium they are charging I 100% feel this technology could be incorporated.

  57. thePhelps says

    fm… I did just receive some coins that are sequentially numbered, but they are again part of a very limited production. I think that your idea is excellent in itself – but won’t be cost effective and it will slow…and already slow mint. (check out the Marshal coins to see that).

  58. Jon in CT says

    KEITHSTER,/b> wrote on February 25, 2015 at 3:36 PM:

    … Hope maybe the homestead’s would do the in and they did thanks mint! …

    Just got back and I see the Keithster is still his usual eloquent, yet incoherent, self. 😉

  59. John c says

    Cagcrisp, I have made a few 100 product purchases and the largest coins in any one box was 27 coins. To be honest it makes absolutely no sense to me. They would save money if they just shipped everything in one box, but that is the mint for you.

  60. Ends in Error says

    I got 10 rolls of Homestead Quarters on the way. They are shipping 2 boxes of 5. Do they get paid by number of boxes shipped? Couldn’t be else they’d ship 10 boxes of single rolls. But why not 1 box with 10 rolls? Crack hacks gone crazy.

  61. Tinto says

    The Mint contractor started months ago with split shipping my stuff and could only give one tracking number though there were more than one shipment. .. Then they shipped a 2013 circulating quarters set ( part of a larger order) with signature requirement ….. etc.

    Wonder how the Mint chose this company? What were the criteria for selection, did anyone from the Mint go to physically inspect the facilities, how about their track record with handling similar products, experience, are there any costs that the Mint will have to absorb, like x number of shipments above a certain amount ??? Were there other companies that the Mint could have considered ?? ….

  62. fmtransmitter says

    Turbo, they had one criteria they wanted to fix, site crashes during major releases when website traffic was at a peak, this contractor added some e commerce solutions but didn’t even go over anything else. Its actually exactly what I expect the government to do in situations like this. Its how things work with the Feds.

  63. jhawk92 says

    @ “Cool Dave” and Phelps; you are both spot on with the bullets and firearms angle. Soap box, ballot box, jury box, cartridge box.

    Back on topic, I’ll place my larger order for the various quarter proof sets, rolls, and puck when that is available, save on shipping for all the Feb items. March may shape up similar. Have to keep my eye out for the DMPL pucks too.

  64. says

    Ref. – The Phelps @ 2:02p 25 Feb 2015 history comment:

    Enjoyed your comment.

    However, you did not mention their desire for ‘social engineering’ and ‘redistribution of wealth’ as part of their purposefully clouded/distorted history perspective.

    Semper Fi

  65. whatajoke says

    The estimated shipping dates for the 2015 p-pucks are:
    Homestead 3/5/15
    Kisatchie 4/28/15
    Blue Ridge 7/7/15
    Bombay Hook 10/8/15
    Saratoga 12/3/15

  66. Ends in Error says

    The only given about any manipulated market is that there will be up and down movements forever. The ones causing the turns make money by all the up and down movements. The ones at the end of the train have their money shaken loose for the leaders to scoop up. It’s all a good game. It gives so many a reason for being.

  67. gary says

    @EndsinError_ Well put! Isn’t that the nature of what a market always is? Haggling , posturing & manipulation? With relatively low inflation expected this year I expect PMs to just stay rangebound as they have been. As to gold, 1,125 on a spike low to $1,300 on a spike high. In other words, 2015 won’t be the year to dump overpriced gold purchased roughly from 2011 to 2013.

  68. paul G says

    I WAS READING THE COMMENTS FROM SILKY, THE PHELPS AND JERRY DIEKMAN ABOUT OUR SHARED HISTORY AND THOU;G;H IT MIGHT BE A GOOD TIME TO MENTION A BIOGRAPHY I JUST FINISHED ON JOHN FOSTER DULLES, THE SECRETARY OF STATE UNDER EISENHOWER , AND HIS BROTHER, ALLEN DULLES, WHO WAS THE PERSON WHO STARTED THE CIA. THE BOOK CHRONICLES THEIR LIFE FROM THE EARLY 1900’S TO THE SIXTIES. BOTH HAD AN AMAZING INFLUENCE ON POST WORLD WAR FOREIGN POLICY FOR VIET NAM, IRAN, CUBA AND THE MIDDLE EAST . THE BOOK IS TITTLED “THE BROTHERS” BY STEPHEN KINZER, FOR ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED. ONE OF THE INTERESTING SIDE NOTES WAS EISENHOWER’S OFFER OF THE SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE POSITION TO FOSTER DULLES, WHO WAS MORE INTERESTED IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS THAN DOMESTIC AFFAIRS. HE TURNED IT DOWN AND THE JUDGESHIP WENT TO EARL WARREN, WHO LED THE COURT ON THE SIDE OF CIVIL RIGHTS FOR BLACKS AND OTHER MINORITIES AND CHANGED OUR NATION.

  69. fmtransmitter says

    MikeinPA says
    FEBRUARY 26, 2015 AT 9:27 AM

    off topic-does anyone see any upward movement in the PM market this year?

    Nope, keep calm and stack on…

  70. gary says

    @whatajoke… Hey, thanks for that posting! It IS a very worthwhile read on the fate of empires. Thanks for Sharing!

  71. Dustyroads says

    whatajoke….

    Decadence is due to:
    Too long a period of wealth and power – An exert from ” The Fate Of Empires”.

    Do you see the decadence? It looks like the 1920’s to me, but worse!

  72. Jerry Diekmann says

    This “Fate of Empires” might be a very good read. People really need to know what has caused the rise and fall of empires over the years. None of them have ever had a claim to immortality, including the USA, and many of them fell from within . The most recent example of this happening is the Soviet Union, but the same could be said for ancient Greece, Rome, Spain, and the Ottoman Empire. I see our country’s history of the last generation, manifested in a Congress that used to be revered and today is rightfully reviled, as a troubling element in our country’s decline. You can be Republican, Democrat, or Independent, but no matter your political affiliation, the lack of leadership in our country should be of grave concern to all of us.

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