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30 Nov 2020

A Real Numismatic Dear Abby Letter Today (Humor)

Coins | I. R. Bama

I was filling time between patients and looking at the news coming out of Alabama today. It's great to be a therapist! I came across this Dear Abby letter and was so shocked that I had to share it with you all.....

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19 Nov 2020

Metallurgy: The Third Foundation of Numismatics

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

When I think of Numismatics as an academic discipline, I envision it as resting on three pillars or foundations of knowledge. The first two, art and history are the ones we typically think a lot about andthen there is the one we don't spend too much time on. That would be metallurgy.

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14 Nov 2020

What About that Twenty Cent Coin?

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

Yeah, what about that one? That's an odd denomination. How did that one come to be? Well, I happened to stumble across this article on the U.S. Mint website that explains it all. https://www.usmint.gov/learn/history/proposed-issue-of-twenty-cent-coin

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04 Nov 2020

"Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny" Part 2: The Jamestown 400th Anniversary Silver Dollar

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

Once upon a time, three ships left London on a transatlantic voyage to the New World and came to Virginia. Just 5 days before Christmas in 1606, The Susan Constant, the Godspeed and the Discovery arrived on the coast of present day Virginia off the middle peninsula with a crew of 39 members and 105 passengers who were the first colonists arrived in late April of 1607.

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01 Nov 2020

"Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny" Part One: The Jefferson 400th Commemorative Silver Dollar

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

" To be a Virginian either by birth, marriage or adoption, or even on one's mother's side is an introduction to any state in the Union, a passport to any country and a benediction from above" (anonymous).

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