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16 Jul 2021

My Retirement Presents Part I

| I. R. Bama

Last week Wednesday was the occasion of my retirement from my position as Senior Clinical Therapist in the outpatient mental health clinic that I worked at for the last 20 years. It culminated a 48 year career in the health care professions. I have held the highest credential in my field since 1996 as a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work and I have worked with children, emergency mental health services, the criminally insane, incarcerated sex offenders, in home family therapy, substance abuse treatment, and geriatrics. I have worked with head trauma and spinal cord injury patients. I have pretty much seen it all and heard it all over the years. And yet my career will continue in semi retirement as I return to private practice. I am pleased that I took my entire caseload with me into private practice in a setting that will allow me to continue to work with these individuals until my work is done.


I have a lot of mixed feelings about this milestone in life. Don't let anyone fool you, Eric Ericson (developmental psychology) wields a pretty mean bat, His model is powerful as I face the developmental task that comes with a man of my age. So I have picked three songs that kind of capture my complicated emotions as I enter this new stage of my life. I liked what Coinfodder has been doing with guess the artist. So here is the first of the three.

No, I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
Well, I wake up in the morning, fold my hands and pray for rain
I got a head full of ideas that are drivin' me insane
It's a shame, the way she makes me scrub the floor
I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more

I ain't gonna work for Maggie's brother no more
No, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's brother no more
Well, he hands you a nickel, he hands you a dime
He asks you with a grin if you're havin' a good time
Then he fines you every time you slam the door
I ain't gonna work for Maggie's brother no more

I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more
No, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more
Well, he puts his cigar out in your face, just for kicks
His bedroom window, it is made out of bricks
The National Guard stands around his door
I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more

I ain't gonna work for Maggie's ma no more
No, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's ma no more
Well, she talks to all the servants about man and God and law
Everybody says she's the brains behind pa
She's sixty-eight, but she says she's fifty-four
I ain't gonna work for Maggie's ma no more

I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
Well, I try my best to be just like I am
But everybody wants you to be just like them
They say, "Sing while you slave" and I just get bored"

The first coin of these three coins (gifts from my wife) is an MS 62 Type III 1862 silver trime. Trimes, known in the vernacular as "fish scales" Because of their small size were minted from 1851 to 1873. As I have noted before they became necessary because of their relationship to the price of postage and fractional currency was ridiculous to carry around. Interestingly, because at that time in history silver was being horded, the government authorized three cent nickels to be issued concurrently from 1865 through 1873 and after that three cent nickels were continuously minted until 1889.

A simple design by James Longacre, the trime is the second smallest coin in American History, second only to the gold one dollar coin. This featherweight contender for one of America's All Star coins weighs in at 0.8 grams. Not even one whole gram! It's alloy contains 0.75 silver and 0.25 copper. It has a plain edge and is 14 millimeters in diameter, It was minted at both Philadelphia and New Orleans and their are three types due to striking issues that necessitated the two redesigns over the years.

While I have several other trimes, they were all in grades below 40. Its kind of hard to find nice trimes unless they have been graded by TPG. I prefer raw coins, but sometimes Its best to buy the TPG coin. This is one of those times because I really wanted at least one very nice Trime in my collection. So I was pleased to acquire this one for my collection which is my third Trime. This coin was graded by NGC. The registry number is 5944740-001

Source: Redbook Deluxe Edition 1st Edition



Comments

CoinsForLife

Level 3

Awesome! I would love to have a coin like that. I hope you enjoy your retirement!

coinsbygary

Level 5

What a wonderful retirement gift! Congratulations on your semi-retirement. It will be interesting to see your write-ups on the other coins. BTW, I've been retired for 2.5 years. I've never looked back, and I love it!

SilverToken

Level 3

Congratulations on the retirement. I am jealous of the change in your life, and changing the emphasis, I am jealous of the life of your change.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Lol! Thanks so much!

"SUN"

Level 6

Welcome to the busy life. Nice gift

Long Beard

Level 5

Gotta love Dylan. The only man capable of cramming the entire Webster's into a song. I always say that'll "when I retire", but being of similar characteristic that'll not happen.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Lol, I have an idea you are right

Golfer

Level 5

Congratulations on semi retirement. Fantastic career. Nice trime !

thatcoinguy

Level 5

Congratulations on retirement! You list of clientele is a mouthful!

Kurisu

Level 4

Congrats!!!

CoinHunter

Level 5

Nice blog! (If you haven't) you should start a registry set with that coin!

Mike

Level 7

That's a Bob Dylan song. And the words are terrific. As far as your career one who helps others with there problems to me is a selflessness man. A man who gives to help those who need it. You can hold your head up high my friend. Think of all those people who turned there life around because of you. That's an accomplishment. You should be proud. And it's an honor to know you. Those are not coins. There tokens of love for your work and dedacation.

Kepi

Level 6

Wow! What an accomplished career! Congratulations on your semi-retirement! Beautiful Trime! Can't wait to see the other gifts from your wife ; ) Loved the song lyrics!

Longstrider

Level 6

I looked it up at NGC. Very nice. I'm jealous. I don't, at the moment, collect these but I like them. My regular coin dealer has an Awesome collection of them all. WAY out of my price range. Thanks Bama. I learned from this blog.

Longstrider

Level 6

Bob Dylan is a master. I wish you great fortune and thank you for your continued work in the mental health care field. Lord knows we could use it. So Trimes you say. Beautiful tiny coins. One of my favorites. Great photos as well. I enjoyed this blog a lot. Thanks.

It's Mokie

Level 6

That's a beauty. Congratulations on your semi-retirement, may the days ahead continue to reward.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Thanks Malcomb, it was a hard decision. Came down to rebelling against Corporate Medicine. I have to practice in a manner that is consistent with best practices and that ain't happenin' no mo'

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