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29 Dec 2020

Here's Some Numismatic Trivia!

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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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19 Dec 2020

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

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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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30 Nov 2020

A Real Numismatic Dear Abby Letter Today (Humor)

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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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17 Jul 2020

The Phrygian Cap: Seldom Discussed Symbols On U.S. Coins in Numismatics.

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An important but seemingly mostly overlooked feature on no less than 26 U.S. coins in various silver, gold and copper compositions is the Phrygian cap. While we ardently collect these coins, I have never seen this aspect of history discussed in the context of its importance to our history and our coinage.

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20 Jun 2020

Dipping: The Third Rail of Numismatics

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Do you want to dip? Just a pinch between the cheek and gums? No not that kind of dipping, this of course is about numismatics. Dipping is probably the third rail of coin collecting. We know its done and we see examples of dipped coins, though the prevailing opinion appears to be this is a huge DON'T.Nevertheless, I've seen items used to dip discussed and listed for sale, even in the Introduction to Numismatics diploma course there is a mention of the product Brightlustre sold at coins shops. In the course the student is warned of the effects of dipping a coin multiple times and devaluing the grade and, subsequently dropping the value of the coin in question.I bought an 1853 Type I gold dollar recently from my favorite coin dealer and was somewhat horrified when the owner asked me if I wanted him to dip it. I have to say I was slightly horrified at the idea because of what I have previously read!So in full disclosure of where I stand, the question is going to be asked, "So Mike, have you ever dipped a coin?" Well, I have. I've used acetone and isopropyl alcohol to clean some really dirty coins and I'm really not sure that I will use acetone again. It seemed to turn some pennies white. I left it in way too long due to the heavy deposits of dirt on the coin. I wasn't trying this on any valuable coin, it was more to see if this was going to be helpful. The alcohol didn't seem to help much one way or another.The other thing is to dry them I gently dabbed them with a cotton ball with out rubbing. That probably wasn't any good either.In any event, I'm probably giving up any attempts to remove heavy dirt deposits for the time being until I can learn more from the collective wisdom available to me on this great forum.

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15 Jun 2020

Introducing Myself

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Hi! My name is Michael Tancyus (Mike). I am new to ANA and wanted to introduce myself. I am a Clinical Social Worker and have been collecting coins since I was about 8 years old. I got my start when I visited the Welland Canal locks to see the ships going through the locks. A woman on a ship was tossing foreign coins to the kids who were watching and fortunately, she had quite a few to throw and this got my collection started. I was also interested in Indian Head pennies and bought one at a flea market. I still have all those coins. In my younger years coin collecting was not a serious hobby and I would save random coins here and there. I always have been drawn to Buffalo nickels, Jefferson nickels, Mercury dimes, and Ben Franklin half dollars. Over the last 10 years or so I have become a much more serious collector and have completed collections of Flying Eagle Cents, Mercury dimes, Peace Dollars and many of the more modern coin series since the 1970's.. I was fortunate to inherit a fine collection of European coins dating from the 1800's forward andI continue to add to my collection of foreign coins as well.Recently I have begun the ANA diploma program and am looking forward to gaining knowledge and improving my grading skills through this program, as well as become better prepared to specialize in several series of coins, especiallythe Flying Eagle cent.As I get closer to retirement, my hope is to continue to grow my own personal collection as well as to see coins at coin shows at some future date. I look forward to becoming acquainted with some of you as I become more active in ANA and am glad to join a body of experienced numismatists who can assist me with improving my skills and the quality of my collection!

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