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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.....

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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

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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.

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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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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

| I. R. Bama

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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