I. R. Bama's Blog

30 Nov 2022

I have a counterfeit coin

| I. R. Bama

A few years ago I began to take an interest in commemoratives and bought an Isabella quarter from the St. Louis World Fair.

22 Oct 2022

Pittsburgh PAN show: What a Class Show!

| I. R. Bama

Wow! What a first rate show! My first time here and it was a great experience. I got to meet our friends Mokie, Golfer and Longbeard. Pictures to follow. I also got the three coins I focused on getting and picked up a few others.Just wanted to thank all the folks here who made that show a big success.

18 Oct 2022

Wanted: XF or better at the PAN Show!

| I. R. Bama

WANTED: 1872 Two Cent coin. 65000 of these were minted in Philadelphia and I have been looking for this coin to finish my collection for the past three years to no avail. Weighing in at 6.22 grams with a 23 mm diameter, this coin is hard to find! It has a plain edge and is made of bronze. It may be hiding with a lot of other James B. Longacre designed coins. Reward offered up to the PCGS published price.

24 Aug 2022

Converting Sheldon Scale Grades to a One Hundred Point Grading Scale

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Since my last blog, I spent a great deal of time pondering how to go about converting the Sheldon Scale (SS) to a 100 point scale that I now call the Metric Grading Scale (MGS). This was not easy to do due to the idiosyncratic ranges of grades for categories of coin grades. Sheldon essentially has four basic grade categories; Good, Fine (and all the kinds of fine a coin can be), Almost Uncirculated and Mint State).

12 Aug 2022

Third Party Graders, A.I. and the Need For a 100 Point Grading Scale

| I. R. Bama

I have been reflecting upon discussions here over the past two years about third party Graders and how there are differences between grading companies which translates into different grades being assigned to the same coin. We have discussed how even resubmitting the same coin for reevaluation by the same tpg can result in a different grade.

31 Mar 2022

Proposal for a New Half Dollar Design

| I. R. Bama

I know my buddy Skyblue note is going to be shooting daggers at me for this one! Sorry, Charlie.....

25 Feb 2022

Average Blog post

| I. R. Bama

I found a quarter in my change. It was a 1973 D. We don't get Denver's here very often. I'd judge it to be a middle fine. The D was filled so I figured it was a November December coin and the die was in an advanced die state. I was all excited until I found out I had a better one in the album. But it was cool to find it and maybe I can sell it to someone else

18 Feb 2022

Let's Talk About This. Please...

| I. R. Bama

I have recently learned that a member of our community has been suspended for a month from participation with us.It seems that the community is owed an explanation for the action, if not for the sake of transparency, then for the edification of the community, lest we make the same mistake. N'est pas?Then we can go about our hobby here with some mutual trust and respect as friends.

29 Jan 2022

Working On a Mystery Without Any Clues: Eisenhower Medals?

Medals | I. R. Bama

So I'm doing my night moves on these two tokens that I recently got from my Mother. I get tons of Kennedy Halfs and other interesting coins and tokens from her because she is elderly, and everybody wants to dun her for money. But my Mom is sharp and I don't worry about her getting taken.


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