- Having spent much time in the Philadelphia area, I can tell you this: it's truly the heart of U.S. numismatics and a living museum of American history. Besides, Philadelphia is the home of the fictional Sylvester Stallone boxing hero "Rocky Balboa," the capital of some very real cheesesteak hoagies, and then there's Wawa. And if you've got to look up what "Wawa" is, you probably don't know jawn about Philly.
What many numismatists do know about Philadelphia is that it's where Founding Father Ben Franklin spent most of his life and it's the place where one can still see the famous Liberty Bell and Independence Hall - all subjects portrayed on United States coinage
. What's more, all (including the grave of Franklin) are within mere steps of the United States Mint in Philadelphia.Here I am in 2017 gesturing toward a plaque mounted near the corner of Seventh Street and Arch Street in Philadelphia, commemorating the location of the first United States Mint. Image is courtesy of Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez.Read the Entire Article