I. R. Bama's Blog

15 Jun 2020

Introducing Myself

Coins | I. R. Bama

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!



Level 5

Hello. We are all family here. Ask me if you need any help.


Level 5

Welcome to the group Mike. I also am relatively new to the group. I've found everyone here to be knowledgeable and well versed in numismatics. I like collecting Kennedy Half Dollars, but have several other interests also. Charlie aka slybluenote

Long Beard

Level 5

Always great to have new membership. A very nice write up about yourself, Sir. The ANA has more to offer than you could read about or learn in two lifetimes. The digital archives is an excellent source of information going back to the founding.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Thanks for the warm welcome! I've really enjoyed myself since I've joined


Level 6

Welcome! So glad that you joined the group! Sounds like you are well on your way into collecting coins. Buffalo Nickels and Mercury Dimes are my favorites! Hope to read more blogs from you ; )


Level 4

Welcome, Mike! I love Flying Eagle’s, too; I just bought the 1858 LL today! I can’t wait to hear more from you about your experiences and learn from you along the way. Be sure utilize the blog to share your knowledge and gain some from others, as well as to gain more friends in the hobby. I hope you enjoy the ANA as much as we do!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Hi Oobie, thanks for the welcome! I have an almost complete Flying Eagle collection with the exception being the 1856.Dont guess I'll ever get that one! Most of mine are xf except for my newest LL which is a 62 proof. I also have a mint error Flying Eagle which I will describe soon. ... Mike

It's Mokie

Level 6

Good to have you aboard Mike, I hope we see a lot more of your blogs, always a pleasure to here different voices and different interests in this great hobby.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Thanks for all the warm welcomes! I have just about finished the first course. I was pleased with what I did know already and enjoyed learning a lot of new things too. If anyone could tell me more about how the mentorship works and how to go about getting one, I would appreciate it..... Mike


Level 3

I'm kinda new to.


Level 5

Welcome to the ANA. This community blog and forum area is a great way to learn about new areas of collecting. Everyone seems to have a specialty. Lots of great collecting and coin stories. Plenty of new things to learn.


Level 7

Welcome to the best hobby in the world. I Hope you enjoy yourself. Mike


Level 6

Welcome! Most people here are happy to help you. Being a clinical social worker may even be helpful to us. haha! I'm a Peace Dollar guy and my wife collects Mercury Dimes and Buffal Nickels. I hope you have fun here. I took the ANA correspondence classes in the past and really enjoyed them. I advise you to get a mentor, if they still offer one. I was lucky to get Bill Fivaz.. Good luck.


Level 6

Welcome to the ANA. Have a good time enjoying the hobby in your retirement. I sure do.

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