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06 Jan 2022

Coin Collector: A Literature Review

ANA Library | I. R. Bama

Last month I went to the bookstore and checked out the coin magazines. I saw this magazine I had never seen before called Coin Collector and it is a British Coin magazine. It appears to be published quarterly. They also have a website www.allaboutcoins.co.uk

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05 Jan 2022

A Blues Song and an Announcement

Numismatic Artistry | I. R. Bama

I was listening to David Bromberg singing " The Walking Blues" last weekend and came up with this inspiration. Hope you like it Sky Blue Note!

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03 Jan 2022

My Retirement Presents Part III: 1803 Half Dollar

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

It has been a long time since part II of this series and here is the third and last. I saved the best for last! And it's a nice one too. A nice winter snowstorm is giving me some time off and I will take advantage of that.

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15 Dec 2021

Writing Style: A Pet Peeve

Numismatic Artistry | I. R. Bama

Really I try to be positive here and I hope that when I suggest something that would be well received rather than bruising feelings in improving blog posts. It's a learning process and I can tell you improving my writing skills has been life long. I continue to improve my writing skills today and I certainly welcome any feedback that improves my writing style.

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06 Sep 2021

The Alabama Sesquicentennial Token

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Here is a completely unexpected find at Jefferson Coin Shop in Charlottesville, VA that I bought last week. I had gone to get a type II ASE but I looked in the bargain bin and found this. Well, as a proud graduate of THE University there, I couldn't pass it up. I knew nothing of the existence of this token and I have yet to learn about who minted these, but I did find the following information.On the obverse we see Chief Tuskaloosa, though in Tuscaloosa I have seen the Chief's name most often spelled Tushkaloosa, and there are references to it spelled as Tascaluza. He was a great chief of the Mississippian Indian Culture and met Desoto (the Spanish Explorer in the Battle of Mabilia in 1540. It is not known precisely where the battle occurred but it is theorized it occurred near today's Selma. Despite inflicting heavy casualties on the native people, Desoto was totally routed and the journey did not end well for Desoto who died in 1542.The token weighs 12.2 grams and is 34 mm in diameter. It is composed of bronze. The Obverse and Reverse have a medal alignment. It was minted in 1968 and its rarity is 93. Apparently, there was also a silver token issued as well.

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30 Aug 2021

What New Commemorative Coins Would You Like to See?

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I got to thinking about the state of our commemorative coins. Well I would like to see a Theodore Roosevelt on a coin.

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19 Aug 2021

Editorial: So If You Really Want to See the Mint Change.....

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All summer long I have seen threads and blogs complaining about the mint's process that has been established to distribute non business strikes to those who wish to obtain them. Apparently, several have written to the mint to no avail. This does not surprise me as we are discussing bureaucrats' response to those who hold no power over them. Many seem to confuse the mint, an agency of the government for a business, which it is not and expect them to react like a business and be responsive to their needs. Then, because this agency does not behave as a business, people become frustrated.

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29 Jul 2021

Meet Jennie Norris, AGE Reverse Coin Design Artist

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This should have been in my last blog but I didn't think of including more information about the artist who created the design of the reverse Type II AGE's.

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28 Jul 2021

My Retirement Presents Part II

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So here is another song that kind of captures how I feel about moving into my new stage of life and my career to date. Guess the artist:

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20 Jul 2021

Haiku in Numismatics (Humor)

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One of our younger friends inspired me to write this haiku. Haiku as we know is a form of poetry from the culture of Japan.

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