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31 Jan 2021

John Hull and His Hull Mint

Coins-United States Colonial | I. R. Bama

After writing about James Longacre, I kind of wondered why I started with the third chief engraver and that led me to look at earlier engravers and mint principles. Then I wondered about who was the Hull in the Hull mint, as it was the first mint in our colonial national history. I was surprised to find that information on this subject is not especially easy to obtain without access to an academic library. And access to an academic library is forbidden to the public during this peculiar time. So left to the Hoi Polloi at this time are the few sources that that can be gleaned from the internet. This is one I would like to delve in even deeper.

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24 Jan 2021

Swiss 20 Franc Vreneli Gold Coin

| I. R. Bama

Like its contemporary, the French Gold Rooster 20 Franc coin was another issue from Switzerland that was standard in gold content along with the Austrian 20 Franc/ 4 Florin of Austria, the 20 Drachma coin of Greece, the 20 Albert Belgian coin, the 20 Peseta coin of Span and the 20 Lire of Italy. The standardization for trade came from these member nations of the Latin Monetary Union, the historical antecedent to the European Union monetary system. These coins were all standard in relation to each other in order to facilitate trade between the countries.

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10 Jan 2021

French 20 Franc Gold Coin

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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

| I. R. Bama

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

| I. R. Bama

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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