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10 Jan 2021

French 20 Franc Gold Coin

| I. R. Bama

The French 20 Franc Rooster coin, designed by, Jule-Clement Chaplin, is a very popular series to collect. All of these coins were minted in Paris. It contains 0.1867 oz of 0.900 fine gold. It is 21 mm in diameter and 1.3 mm in thickness. It weighs 5.8 grams.

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09 Jan 2021

James B. Longacre, 4th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint

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Born on a hot August night, it was the 11th of 1794 in Delaware county Pennsylvania to Sarah and Peter Longacre. James Longacre went on to become an important historical figure of great stature. He was responsible for bringing to fruition many beloved coin designs that we treasure today.

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01 Jan 2021

It's a Brand New Year! Setting some Numismatic Goals

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Happy New Year (I hope....)!! So today I have begun to set some numismatic goals for myself for the coming year. I decided that if I had some goals defined, my collecting wouldn't be so scattered all over the place. So with no further ado, here are my plans.....

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29 Dec 2020

Here's Some Numismatic Trivia!

Coins | I. R. Bama

Something Fun for the Holidays: I found a Numismatic Trivia list on the website here, so I thought I would throw out some of the questions for you all.

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25 Dec 2020

To Honor Michael Byrne

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Submitted on behalf of I.R. Bama, Kepi, Longstrider, Coinsbygary, Mokie and the members of the ANA Blogging Community

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19 Dec 2020

A.H.E.M.: An Epistomological Proposal for a Research Model for Numismatics

Coins | I. R. Bama

Epistemology is a branch of Philosophy that is concerned with how people acquire knowledge and go about learning an academic discipline. Every field of study has an articulated framework to conduct research, but to date I have seen no model of Numismatic research strategies presented. I am proposing the A.H.E.M. model of to fulfill this void and to formalize what we all already do to some degree or another when we research our coins. Many of you employ some or all of its elements in the research you do for your blogs.

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16 Dec 2020

Three Cent Coins Part III: Hard Times Come Again No More. The Three Cent Nickel

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'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary;Hard Times, Hard Times, come again no more:Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;Oh! Hard Times, come again no more.

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14 Dec 2020

Three Cent Coins Part Two: Economics: Why a Three Cent coin?

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

Several weeks ago, I identified Metallurgy in my blog as being the third pillar of Numismatics, along with Art and History. But in researching the two three cent coin denominations, I realized that there is a fourth pillar of our discipline and that is economics. Art and History were pretty easy for me to recognize, but as I study numismatics more deeply I recognized that it is also underpinned by metallurgy and economics as well. This may not be news to many of you but for me it was a discovery. Quite humbling too, as I really didn't enjoy taking the subject in college. Over the years, I have developed an appreciation for the subject and wish I had studied it a lot harder than I did.

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11 Dec 2020

Three Cent Coins Part One: If You Got the Money Honey, I've Got the Trimes

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

This is the first part of a three part series on three cent coins, namely the Trime (three cent silver) and the three cent nickel, and a discussion of the economics that brought this odd denomination into circulation. In an earlier blog, I postulate that there are three foundations or pillars of numismatics; Art, History and Metallurgy. But there is a fourth pillar which became clear to me while researching three cent coins. That would be the pillar of Economics. Economics can be considered an essential foundation because it explains the economic justification for a coin's existence. It goes hand in hand with History.

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06 Dec 2020

Coin Show Report: The Shenandoah Valley Coin Show

Coin Shows | I. R. Bama

The Christmas edition of the Shenandoah Valley Coin Club show was held yesterday in Weyer's Cave, Virginia in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.The Shenandoah coin Club was founded in 1959 and has been the sole sponsor of this show since the beginning of its inception. Traditionally held twice a year, once in April and once in December, the April show was cancelled this year due to everybody's favorite fiend, the Covid Virus.

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